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Portsmouth Health Department

The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving a healthy and safe community.

For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact 866-531-3068


Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC
Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC

PHDMRC volunteers support local public health initiatives and emergency response. There are roles for both medical and non-medical volunteers.  Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccinations exercises and community disaster drills.  Train with local emergency response partners.  To volunteer: visit


April is STI Awareness Month

Nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people aged 15 to 24. Photo of concerned young woman.


April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month. Individuals, health care providers, and community-based organizations are encouraged to bring a renewed sense of enthusiasm and focus to their STD awareness and prevention efforts throughout the month.


Studies show that people who have STDs such as gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free. And the same behaviors that put you at risk for acquiring these STDs can put you at risk for getting HIV.


The link between STDs and HIV is real. By educating yourself on ways to lower your risk, you can take action to protect your health. STD and HIV testing is a critical step in preventing the spread of disease.


Need to be tested?  Portsmouth Health Department offers STI testing for FREE.  Please call 393-8585 x8716 for questions.


Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Young Americans Graphic


National Public Health Week 2014


Portsmouth health Department will be holding a health fair on April 11th from 11:00-3:00 PM at the Portsmouth Health Department.  The following services will be provided free of charge:

  • Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Healthy Meal demonstrations
  • Dental Screenings and Cleanings
  • Pelvic  Exams
  • Mammogram Appointments
  • Chiropractic screenings and referrals
  • STI Screenings, BP Checks, A1C Checks, Immunizations


Health Insurace Marketplace

Health Insurance Marketplace. Prevention saves lives. Marketplace plans cover free preventive care. Get covered!


Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace gives you a clear picture of what you’ll pay and what you’ll get before you make a choice. Visit to learn more.


Wondering what the Health Insurance Marketplace is all about? Check out this simple videoWhat the Health Insurance Marketplace is all about that explains what it can do for you.


For more information, visit or

To speak to a person at a 24-hours-a-day consumer call center, call:

1-800-318-2596 ( 1-855-889-4325 TTY/TDD)  


For additional resources (background materials, slides, trainings, talking points, drop-in articles, badges, infographics, Spanish and other language materials), visit: additional resources

Last Updated: 03-26-2014

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