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STDs are more than a personal health issue: they are also a public health challenge, and that’s why Buffalo’s community-based organizations offer screening, treatment, preventive care, and even at-home STD tests.
New York’s STD numbers are strongly influenced by what happens in Buffalo, the state’s second largest city. Gonorrhea and syphilis cases in Buffalo are on the rise, while chlamydia rates have fallen over the last year or two but still remain high, especially among females. Taking advantage of at-home testing or community-based clinics can stop the spread and give you peace of mind.
For walk-in STD testing, visit the Erie County Sexual Health Clinic, which also offers free condoms, PrEP and PEP services, and never denies services based on inability to pay. Appointment and walk-in testing are free to those aged 18 and older at Evergreen Health, and if you test positive for an STD you can get medication. CompassCare offers HIV and STD testing, plus treatment or referrals when necessary.
Jesse Nash Health Center
Family Planning Center
North West Buffalo Health Center
Buffalo Health Center
West Seneca Health Center
North Tonawanda Office
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:
CompassCare offers HIV and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B, bacterial vaginosis, herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, trichomonas, scabies, pediculosis pubis (crabs), and yeast infections. If you need them, STD treatment or referrals are provided. STD services are free without co-pay if you are a Medicaid-insured patient, but a $20 voluntary donation is requested if you don’t have Medicaid to help cover lab fees. Free vouchers are available if you are unable to donate. Same-day and next-day appointments are often available when calling for appointments. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1230 Eggert Road Buffalo, NY 14226, 716-800-2306
The Erie County Sexual Health Clinic is a first-come, first served walk-in clinic. Anyone 12 or older can access the clinic’s services, including testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis C, herpes, trichomoniasis, and other infections. If you can’t schedule services at this location and you are over the age of 18, you will be referred to Evergreen Health. No one is denied services based on ability to pay. You can also get free condoms and PrEP and PEP services. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
608 William Street Buffalo, NY 14206, 716-858-7687
Evergreen Health has multiple Buffalo locations and accepts appointments and walk-ins for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C testing at no charge if you are 18 or older. If you test positive for an STD, you can receive medication either billed to your insurance company or as a sliding-scale fee if you qualify as an uninsured individual. You can schedule ongoing medical care for HIV or hepatitis with Evergreen providers. Evergreen is a leading provider of PrEP. You can also access free condoms and extra services, including support groups, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, transportation assistance, and a food pantry. Hours are Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with walk ins welcome, thoouogh some services do require appointments. You will need an appointment for STI testing, which is available Monday through Friday, or you can take advantage of walk-in hours on Monday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
206 South Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14201, 716-847-2441
Kaleida Health provides STD testing and treatment and HIV testing, counseling, and referrals for men and women. STD services you can access include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and rapid and conventional blood HIV testing. You can also get pregnancy testing, treatment for common vaginal infections, and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. All major insurance is accepted with a sliding fee scale based on income available to uninsured patients. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1313 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14209, 716-748-4983
The Neighborhood Health Center has multiple Buffalo locations where you can access walk-in pregnancy testing, HIV counseling and rapid testing with same-day results, as well as STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. It offers you HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most health insurance plans. If you are uninsured or underinsured you may qualify for sliding fee discounts based on your income and household size. Appointments are required, with clinic hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
155 Lawn Avenue Buffalo, NY 14207, 716-875-2904
Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York operates the Buffalo Health Center, which can provide you with HIV testing and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and genital warts. It can offer you dental dams, male and female condoms, Gardasil HPV vaccines, and STD/safer sex education. STD services are available by appointment during all clinic hours, which are Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
2697 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214, 866-600-6886
Pride Center offers rapid HIV testing free of charge. Other HIV testing services include on-site and mobile unit testing and FDA-approved, in-home HIV test kits if you are aged 17 or older. It also can provide you with free condoms and a range of workshops that focus on the sexual health of LGBTQ+ individuals. The Center is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
278 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14202, 716-852-7743