Testing - TB / Lead / Pregnancy
All Testing Programs Suspended (03/23/2020)We at the Hamilton County Health Department value the health and well being of those who use our facility. We encourage the residents of Hamilton County to practice social distancing, and to stay home when sick.
In order to follow the above recommendations, we have decided to cancel all testing appointments and not make any future appointments. While the health department feels immunizations and testing are a vital part of keeping our residents healthy, halting the spread of COVID-19 is now our priority. Once the current situation improves, we will resume immunization clinics and testing.
We ask for your understanding and continue to check our website for further information.
Lead Screening & Testing (Suspeneded)
Lead screening for children ages 6months through 6 years old is available (at no cost). If your child has been exposed to lead or is at risk, please call our office to schedule an appointment for testing.
To learn more about Lead Hazards and Health Protection, see the Lead Hazards page.
Tuberculosis (TB) Mantoux Tests (Suspended)
TB testing is being stopped until further notice. (03/13/2020)Please monitor the website for updates
If the reason you are getting a TB test is due to exposure to an active case of TB, please call our office at 317-776-8500 to discuss with a nurse.
Tests are given every Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must return on Thursday of the same week as instructed by the nurse. There is a $20 fee for this service cash, credit or debit payments accepted. TB tests are not given the last 2 weeks of the year, and our office is closed for all government holidays.
Who should be screened for TB?
- Close contacts of persons known or suspected to have TB, i.e. those sharing the same household or other enclosed environments
- Persons infected with HIV
- Persons who have certain clinical conditions known to increase the risk for disease if infection occurs
- Persons with a history of inadequately treated TB
- Persons who inject illicit drugs
- Residents and employees of high-risk congregate settings (i.e. nursing homes, correctional facilities, mental institutions, other long-term care facilities, and homeless shelters)
- Health-care workers who serve high-risk clients
- Persons born outside the U.S. and Canada, including children. Prior vaccination with BCG is not a contraindication for testing, nor does it affect the treatment protocol.
- Some medically under-served, low-income populations, including high-risk racial and ethnic groups
- Infants, children, and adolescents exposed to adults in high-risk categories
- Locally defined high prevalence groups (substance abusers, migrant workers, the homeless)
TB tests are required for the following jobs and/or schools:
- Employees of licensed child care facilities
- College students
- Foster parents/family
- Community Corrections (Work Release)
Pregnancy Tests (Suspended)
Free and confidential pregnancy testing is offered in our office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by appointment. A nurse will offer counseling and make appropriate referrals. Please call our office 317-776-8500 to schedule an appointment.
HIV Testing (Suspended)
Hamilton County Health Department offers free anonymous HIV testing for anyone at risk. This test does include a pre- and post-test counseling sessions. The Ora-Sure test is used.Please call our office 317-776-8500 to schedule a confidential appointment.
The Health Department is not a Medicare / Medicaid provider.