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STD testing is fast, inexpensive, and easy to find in Anaheim. Many clinics offer confidential STD testing services on the weekend or before or after the workday.
California has the fourth-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis and the sixth-highest rate of congenital syphilis in the nation, according to CDC reports. With above average rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea as well, it’s important for Anaheim residents to get regular STD testing to protect your sexual health.
Many clinics in and around Anaheim offer low-cost or free STD testing. Central City Community Health Center offers Saturday STD testing as well as Monday through Friday during business hours. The LGBTQ Center OC caters to the needs of gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals in Orange County, including confidential and free STD testing, which it offers as late as 9 p.m. during the workweek.
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.
Choose the STD testing option you’re most comfortable with:
At home: You can test for STDs at home using a kit and send your sample to a lab for analysis.
If you think you might have an STD, it’s best to get tested. STDs don’t go away if you ignore them; they’ll just get worse and could grow into more serious health consequences. If left untreated, some STDs can lead to issues like infertility and more serious infections. You can also spread STDs to sexual partners if you have an untreated infection. Ask your health care provider for STD testing recommendations or follow CDC recommendations for STD testing.
You can request specific STD tests or a full panel. An STD clinic can recommend tests based on your sexual health and symptoms. A routine STD panel may include:
A full-panel STD test adds:
The cost of an STD test will vary by location and test type. Some clinics, usually community or nonprofit clinics, offer free or low-cost testing. Labs, clinics, and at-home testing companies may accept insurance to cover or lower your cost of testing. Lab testing fees range from $8 to $150. At home tests cost between $35 and $175 per test.
Appointment policies vary by location, so call ahead or check the clinic website before you head in for a test. Some clinics or testing centers accept walk-ins or have same-day or next-day appointments.
Your STD test results time will depend on the test. Some clinics offer rapid HIV testing, which can offer results in less than 30 minutes. Bacterial STD testing (chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis) takes several days to get results, while viral STD testing (HPV, herpes, or HIV) results can take just one to two days.
Community-based STD testing organizations generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
If you’re concerned about visiting your regular doctor or can’t afford the cost of private testing, a community testing center may be able to help. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
At Central City Community Health Center, you can receive primary care and STD testing and treatment. The clinic primarily cares for Orange County residents that fall below the 200% federal poverty level. Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Appointments are preferred. Although the clinic accepts insurance, you’ll be charged reduced fees based on a sliding scale if you qualify.
2237 West Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804, Multiple Orange County locations, 714-490-2750
The LGBTQ Center OC is a nonprofit organization catering to the needs of gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals in Orange County. You can get free STD testing at the center. You should make an appointment because clinic hours vary; on Tuesdays, they’re from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Note that there is a lunch break from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Syphilis testing is only performed on Tuesday.
1605 North Spurgeon Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714-953-5428
The Orange County Health Agency STD clinic offers you free and low-cost STD testing, treatment, and counseling. Clinic hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can make an appointment or walk-in if there are available slots. However, the clinic may close early if it reaches capacity, so appointments are recommended. You’ll need to register and complete a client assessment form before your appointment. Forms are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
1725 West 17th Street, Suite 101F, Santa Ana, CA 92706, 714-834-8787
The Planned Parenthood clinic in Anaheim offers a range of services, including birth control and STD testing. The clinic is open seven days a week, and walk-ins are welcome. You can also book an appointment. Clinic hours are Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Planned Parenthood accepts most health insurance plans and Medicaid. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for free or reduced-cost STD testing.
303 West Lincoln Avenue, Suite 105, Anaheim, CA 92805, Multiple Orange County locations, 714-922-4100
Radiant Health Centers clinic in Irvine offers medical care to members of the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County, and you can get free testing for STDs and HIV. Clinic hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You must make an appointment.
17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite J, Irvine, CA 92614, 949-809-8764
Southland Integrated Services is a community-based, nonprofit, federally qualified health center offering primary care to uninsured and low-income residents of Orange County. You can also get tested for STDs and HIV. The nearby Garden Grove Clinic hours are Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees are based on a sliding scale depending upon your income and family size. You must make an appointment beforehand.
9862 Chapman Avenue, #B, Garden Grove, CA 92841, Multiple Orange County locations, 714-620-7001
STD testing Anaheim offers a full range of low-cost STD tests. You can book a test online or by phone, and you can usually get a same-day appointment. Counselors are on hand to give you guidance and support. STD Testing accepts debit and credit card payments. Tests are discreet and not processed through your health insurance.
1120 West La Palma Avenue, Suite 7, Anaheim, CA 92801, Multiple Orange County locations, 714-333-1320