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AIDS Activities Office
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Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Allentown is the seat of Lehigh County and Pennsylvania’s third most populous city. While Lehigh County saw diagnoses of all three of the most common STDs increase in 2019, Allentown reported increases in chlamydia and syphilis but had a drop in gonorrhea.
Over the decade between 2009 and 2019, Lehigh County saw chlamydia diagnoses rise by nearly 82%, which includes an increase of almost 10% in 2019. Chlamydia has historically been more than twice as prevalent in women as in men, but the gap has been slowly decreasing. In 2019, about 65% of the county’s total were female cases, and nearly 35% were male cases. Young females aged 15 to 24 had the largest incidence of infection, accounting for more than 45% of the county’s diagnoses. Allentown comprised over 59% of the county’s chlamydia cases in 2019, after recording an increase of about 3.5% compared to 2018.
During the same decade, the number of gonorrhea infections in Lehigh County more than doubled, and the infection rate per 100,000 residents nearly doubled. Gonorrhea diagnoses among men reached an all-time high in 2019 and continued to be more prevalent, accounting for about 63% of the county’s total. Diagnoses among women comprised about 37% of all cases countywide. Female infections only increased by about 1.5% in 2019, while male cases jumped 24.5%. Although Allentown recorded a drop of nearly 10% in gonorrhea infections in 2019, it still made up 62% of Lehigh County’s total cases.
After keeping primary and secondary syphilis infections relatively in check with eight or fewer cases in Lehigh County between 2014 and 2016, P&S syphilis spiked in 2017. Diagnoses reached an all-time high in 2019, with a case count more than four times higher than it was a decade prior. P&S syphilis infections are more than three times more prevalent among men than women, with male cases accounting for over 78% of all cases in Lehigh County in 2019. Syphilis infections in Allentown were relatively low just four years prior, with only three incidents recorded, but diagnoses spiked by more than 1,600% between 2015 and 2019.
Many STDs have no symptoms or very nonspecific symptoms, making them hard to notice, and the stigma around STDs may discourage you from getting tested. However, STDs can cause long-term health problems and should not be ignored. STD testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. Visit one of these free or low-cost resources and get tested regularly.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Allentown that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
PDH’s Allentown Health Bureau has an STD clinic where you can receive examinations, testing, and treatment for all STDs, including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, venereal warts, herpes, and more. If you’re eligible, you can also receive hepatitis C screening and hepatitis B vaccinations. Services are free for both residents and nonresidents of Allentown. Appointments are required, with full STD exams and HIV testing available on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and HIV and syphilis testing available on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
245 North 6th Street
Allentown, PA 18102
610-437-7760 Ext 4131
Planned Parenthood’s Allentown Medical Center offers low-cost HIV testing and chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing and treatment. Services are available in English and Spanish with interpretations for other languages through LanguageLine. Walk-ins are welcome on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can come in on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only.
29 North Ninth Street
Allentown, PA 18101
LVHN’s AIDS Activities Office provides free confidential and anonymous HIV testing, free hepatitis C testing, and low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, and syphilis testing. You receive immediate care if you test positive. The clinic accepts insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid but also has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured and qualify. You must have an appointment. Testing is conducted Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fridays by appointment; and the second Wednesday of the month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1627 Chew Street, 3rd Floor
Allentown, PA 18102
Testing at NovusACS is free and confidential for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, and HIV. You can also choose free rapid screening for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C. You’ll receive your results by phone and get free treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Additional services include PEP, HIV care, and hepatitis C treatment, and free PrEP consultations, with 99% of people receiving free medication. You must schedule an appointment to be seen Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1565 Linden Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017
At St. Luke’s Easton STD Clinic, located about 17 miles from Allentown, you can get free education, exams, and treatment for HIV, chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, pubic lice, and vaginal yeast infection. Make an appointment to get HIV/STD testing on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It also offers PrEP services on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and walk-in HIV testing on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
100 North Third Street
Easton, PA 18042