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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.
Carlsbad is a coastal city in Southern California’s San Diego County. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most reported STDs in San Diego County and reported cases and infection rates of all three increased from 2018 to 2019 countywide.
San Diego County ranked fifth in the nation among counties and independent cities with the highest number of reported cases of chlamydia in 2018. Chlamydia diagnoses jumped another 4.1% in the county in 2019, marking the fifth consecutive year that cases increased. The overall rate of chlamydia cases increased 3.7%, and infection rates were 1.5 times higher among women than men. Females accounted for about 59% of the county’s total, while about 40.5% of diagnoses were among men.
San Diego County ranked 10th in the nation for its reported gonorrhea cases in 2018, and infections jumped another 3.1% in the county in 2019. Documented diagnoses of gonorrhea have increased for the past 10 years, with an overall growth of nearly 247% since 2009. The infection rate of gonorrhea in males was nearly twice that of the rate in females in 2019, and the number of positive diagnoses was also nearly double in men than in women. Gonorrhea cases among men accounted for more than 66% of the total cases, while diagnoses among women comprised about 33.5%. Men aged 25 to 29 had the most documented infections, while women aged 20 to 24 dominated female cases.
San Diego County ranked seventh in the nation for its number of primary and secondary syphilis infections. Early syphilis cases, which include primary, secondary, and early latent stages of the disease, increased another 7% in 2019. This marked an unfortunate turnaround from the 4.5% drop in cases the county saw in 2018. Besides two minor drops of less than 0.50% in 2011 and 2013, this marked the only dip in syphilis incidences since 2009 when the county recorded a significant decline of more than 23%. Early syphilis diagnoses were markedly higher among men, representing 91.5% of the county’s total cases in 2019.
An undiagnosed STD puts you and your partner(s) at risk. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still pass an STD to others and, over the long term, develop serious health problems. Most STDs are curable, but the only way to be sure of your STD status is through testing, which is available at several low-cost or free facilities in and around Carlsbad.
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 Carlsbad 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 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
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 through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1964 Via Centre
Vista, CA 92081
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, which are available 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
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
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