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New STD cases are reported every year in Southern California, making it important to get regular STD testing. If you live in Carlsbad, you have access to numerous clinics offering free and low-cost STD testing by appointment or on a walk-in basis.
California experienced nearly 237,000 new cases of chlamydia in 2019 alone, according to CDC reports. State residents also reported more than 80,000 new cases of gonorrhea that year.
CVS MinuteClinics can be a convenient way to get STD testing with walk-in testing available seven days a week. Women aged 25 and younger can get a free, at-home chlamydia/gonorrhea test kit from the North Coastal Public Health Center or anyone can get tested in the clinic for $40, although you won’t be asked to pay if you can’t afford the cost. Mountain Health accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance for STD testing but also offers several financial assistance programs.
North Coastal Public Health Center
Vista Isabella Health Center
Carlsbad Health Center
Oceanside Health Center
Encinitas Health Center
Pier View Way
Horne Street Clinic
North River Road
Vale Terrace Branch
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:
The North Coastal Public Health Center provides testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis. If you have an open sore/blister, it supplies swab testing for herpes. Women aged 25 and younger can request a free, at-home chlamydia/gonorrhea test kit. There’s a $40 per-visit fee, but you’re not charged if you can’t pay. There’s no charge if you only get HIV testing. Services are available by appointment only on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
3609 Ocean Ranch Boulevard, Suite 104 Oceanside, CA 92056, 760-967-4401
CVS MinuteClinic supplies low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and conventional blood HIV testing on a walk-in basis. Samples are sent to an outside lab, but MinuteClinic providers explain your results and offer treatment options. CVS also provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines and accepts most insurance plans and Medicare. This MinuteClinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except during the daily lunch hour from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2510 El Camino Real Carlsbad, CA 92008, 866-389-2727
Mountain Health’s Escondido Family Medicine location offers low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, and herpes testing by appointment only. You can also get hepatitis A and B and HPV vaccines. Mountain Health accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. It also offers several financial assistance programs based on needs and eligibility. If you don’t qualify for assistance, you may still be eligible for its sliding scale discount program. You can visit this clinic Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
255 North Ash Street, Suite 101 Escondido, CA 92027, 619-445-6200
Planned Parenthood’s Vista Isabella Health Center offers services in English and Spanish, including HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, syphilis, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. If you don’t have insurance, you may qualify for a sliding fee scale or state-funded program. Planned Parenthood also supplies condoms and PrEP and nPEP services. It’s open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1964 Via Centre Vista, CA 92081, 888-743-7526
The Vista Community Clinic provides free testing and low-cost treatment for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis. It also offers HPV and hepatitis B vaccines and education and counseling for HIV/AIDS/STDs. You must make an appointment to receive services available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treatment is provided on a sliding fee scale if you qualify. The clinic also accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.
818 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA 92054, 844-308-5003