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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.
The city’s three most common STDs based on reported occurrences are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, all of which have risen dramatically from 2014 to 2018.
Chlamydia ranks the highest of the reportable conditions, topping out at 6,572 documented incidents in 2018, a 20% increase over cases reported in 2014. Chlamydia continues to affect females more than males, with the breakdown showing 4,460 to 2,102, respectively. For both sexes, the age range of 20-24 was the most affected, although there wasn’t much difference between females aged 15-19 and those aged 20-24.
Reported cases of gonorrhea have risen steadily over the past 15 years, with the lowest number recorded in 2003 of 68 and peaking in 2018 at 1,134. Gonorrhea appears to occur throughout Idaho in equal numbers per health district, and the gender distribution is also fairly even. Gonorrhea is the second-most reported STD among Idahoan residents, with young adults aged 20 to 29 showing the highest incidences of infections.
With syphilis almost nonexistent in the year 2000 — only 11 cases — its dramatic increase in the last four years worries health officials. Syphilis reported cases in 2018 occurred mainly in males, with only 20% diagnosed in females. There were over 10 documented cases of syphilis in males in each age zone from 20 to 65, with the peak distribution among 30- to 40-year-olds.
With sexual activity comes increased sexual responsibility, including regular STD testing among adults and adolescents. Many STDs have no symptoms at the onset, and the only way for sure to know if you’re disease-free is by screening. Unfortunately, the long-term effects of untreated STDs can be severe, from infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and cancer in women to blindness, organ failure, and death in both sexes. By getting tested regularly, you can make sure you aren’t carrying an STD, and if you are, obtain the proper treatment for it. Visit one of the Boise area clinics to gain peace of mind.
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 Boise 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:
As a partner of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, a.l.p.h.a. provides free or low-cost STD testing to anyone over the age of 14, although donations are appreciated. The center screens for the following diseases: chlamydia, HIV, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, and syphilis, using swabs, finger sticks or a traditional blood draw depending upon the need. The timing of the results varies based upon the method of obtaining a sample. A.l.p.h.a. prefers visitors to schedule an appointment, although they will see walk-ins if time permits.
537 West Bannock Street, Suite 100
Boise, ID 83702
Boise residents can schedule an appointment for free to low-cost STD testing at the Central District Health Clinic. Diseases checked for include chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and HIV. The trained staff includes a team of nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who provide a range of healthcare services besides STD testing, such as wellness exams, contraceptive counseling, and pregnancy tests.
707 North Armstrong Place
Students and faculty at Boise State can access board-certified professionals in medicine and counseling at the University’s Health Services Department. Parking is free, and the center is open Monday through Friday during the day. Sexual health services include STD screening and treatment, vaccines for HPV, oral contraceptives, and pregnancy testing. The center accepts most insurance plans, and visits are set up on a first-come, first-served basis.
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
Located around 7 miles north of downtown Boise in Garden City, the American Family Care Clinic offers STD testing, treatment, and counseling. Walk-ins are welcome seven days a week, and the clinic accepts most insurance plans. Should you test positive, you will receive counseling and appropriate treatment for your diagnosis. In addition to sexual health services, the professional staff provide urgent medical care, and the building has an on-site lab and digital x-ray machine.
6965 North Glenwood Street
Garden City, ID 83714
Providing various sexual health services, Planned Parenthood accepts appointments Monday through Friday and every other Saturday. They will also accommodate walk-ins if at all possible. The center accepts most insurance plans but will see anyone regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to STD vaccines, Planned Parenthood screens for several sexually transmitted diseases and offers a Peace of Mind package that includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis. Counseling regarding safe sexual practices and condom use is also available, and the center has staff fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
3668 North Harbor Lane
Boise, ID 83703
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