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Desert Sky Health Center
Valleywise Community Health Center - Avondale
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.
Chlamydia cases in Maricopa County increased by over 4% in 2018 compared to 2017. While this represents a relatively small increase, reported chlamydia infections have risen nearly 74% since 2008. Except for a slight dip in 2013, chlamydia diagnoses have increased every year for the past two decades. Compared to other counties and independent cities nationwide, Maricopa County ranked fourth in the nation for its number of reported chlamydia cases in 2018. Diagnoses among women were nearly twice as high as those among men, with females aged 20 to 29 having the highest incidence of infection.
Although Maricopa County ranked fourth in the nation for its number of reported gonorrhea cases, it recorded a slight decrease in 2018. Gonorrhea diagnoses dropped over 2.5% compared to 2017 numbers, which wasn’t significant considering the county has seen an overall increase of more than 262% over the last 10 years. It’s not unusual for Maricopa to see ups and downs in gonorrhea infections. Cases in 2008 were nearly 31% lower than they were in 1999. Cases among men tend to be higher than those among women, including in 2018 when male cases represented 61% of all gonorrhea diagnoses versus 39% among women.
Documented syphilis infections in all stages increased about 37.5% in 2018 compared to 2017 in Maricopa County. Primary and secondary syphilis infections comprised over 34% of the total syphilis cases reported in 2018. The county ranked third in the nation for its number of primary and secondary syphilis cases. Diagnoses among men accounted for nearly 81% of all early syphilis cases, which include early latent, primary, and secondary infections. Syphilis infections were more than four times higher in men than in women, but congenital syphilis in newborns increased by 50% in 2018.
If you think you’ve been exposed to an STD, get tested right away. Prompt treatment can prevent seriously, sometimes life-threatening, consequences and stop the spread of the disease to unsuspecting partners. Free or low-cost STD testing is available at facilities in many Maricopa County communities near Avondale.
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 in Avondale 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:
The Maricopa County Public Health STD Clinic in Phoenix provides testing for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV for only $20. You can also get free HIV testing at community outreach events. STD results are generally available online in 48-72 hours, but rapid HIV test results are usually ready in about an hour. No appointment is necessary, but you must register before 3 p.m. to receive services. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1645 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Planned Parenthood operates the Desert Sky Health Center to provide low-cost HIV testing and chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. It offers HPV vaccines, condoms, and expedited partner therapy for chlamydia infections. You may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program if you’re uninsured. Services are available in English and Spanish on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2020 North 75th Avenue, Suite 11
Phoenix, AZ 85035
The Optimal Men’s Center recognizes the need for secure, judgment-free STD testing. It offers low-cost HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea testing for men only. The Center accepts private insurance and Medicaid.
700 North Estrella Parkway, Suite 145
Goodyear, AZ 85338
FIT Health Care has walk-in services from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. It offers a unique STD panel that includes HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing, with results back in three to seven days. Testing and required medications for treatment cost $90. You can also order a rapid HIV test with results in 15 minutes for $50, herpes testing for $100, hepatitis C testing for $40, or a hepatitis A/B/C panel for $150.
300 West Clarendon Avenue, Suite 145
Phoenix, AZ 85013
The Southwest Center offers free, nonjudgmental HIV and STD testing and service in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. If your chlamydia, gonorrhea, and/or syphilis test results are positive, it will coordinate free or low-cost treatment in-house or through a community partner. If your HIV test is negative, it offers free condoms, lube, and referrals to PrEP and counseling to help you stay negative. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1101 North Central Avenue, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85004.
CAN Community Health Clinic, in partnership with Pueblo Family Physicians, offers free rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing and low-cost syphilis testing in-house, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It also offers confidential at-home HIV testing that you can order online. You can get PrEP services, STD testing and treatment, free HIV testing, and HIV rapid restart and reintegration treatment through its statewide mobile HIV testing and rapid start unit.
4350 North 19th Avenue, Suite 2
Phoenix, AZ 85015