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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.
Chandler is a city in Maricopa County and a suburb of the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area. Maricopa County’s number of reportable STDs has risen for the past decade, which includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis infections.
Total cases of chlamydia in Maricopa County have traditionally been higher in women, including in 2020 when female cases accounted for 63% of the county’s total. Infections occur more frequently among females between the ages of 10 and 34. In older adults, chlamydia diagnoses are higher in men. Beginning with the 35 to 39 age group and going through the 65-plus group, male cases dominate. However, the 20 to 24 age group has the greatest number of infections in both sexes.
As a suburb of the Phoenix Metro Statistical Area (MSA), Chandler is included in both Maricopa County’s and the MSA’s gonorrhea case counts. In 2019, gonorrhea diagnoses rose over 20% in Maricopa County, and the county had an infection rate of 246 per 100,000 residents. That same year, the MSA reported an increase of more than 19%, with an infection rate of 233. Both areas saw higher cases among men, with male cases making up about 61% of the county’s and the MSA’s totals in 2019. Gonorrhea diagnoses increased countywide again in 2020 by nearly 14%, and though the MSA’s totals weren’t yet available, it likely had a similar outcome.
Although syphilis is the least reported STD in Maricopa County, it has some of the worst outcomes, including miscarriages and stillbirths among women. Syphilis diagnoses in Maricopa County dropped in 2019 by more than 24%, but it still ranked third nationally for its number of primary and secondary syphilis cases among counties nationwide, the same as it did in 2018. The county’s decline in syphilis infections wasn’t repeated in 2020 when its case counts rose by nearly 12% and cases were four times more prevalent among men.
Low-cost STD testing is available at health centers in Chandler and nearby communities throughout Maricopa County. Regular testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis helps you avoid the risk of long-term health issues an untreated STD brings. Many STDs are without symptoms, especially at the beginning so the only way to know for sure is to get tested.
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 Chandler 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:
Visit STDAZ.com to find free STD/HIV testing outreach events or register before 3 p.m. for STD testing at the Maricopa County STD Clinic, where you get gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and chlamydia testing for the low cost of $20. The clinic is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and requires registration but appointments aren’t necessary. It also provides condoms but doesn’t perform herpes or HPV testing, treatment for genital warts, or any non-STD services.
1645 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Planned Parenthood’s Tempe Regional Health Center welcomes you to walk in to see if a same-day appointment is available but does require appointments. You can get low-cost HIV testing, expedited partner therapy, condoms, and testing and treatment for genital warts, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you don’t have insurance, you may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program, but you’re never turned away if you can’t pay.
1837 East Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ 85283
You must enroll as a patient and make an appointment to receive services at Valleywise Community Health Center in Chandler. Services include diagnosis, treatment, and preventative care for chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. You can also request hepatitis B vaccines. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for a sliding fee scale, but the clinic also accepts private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. It’s open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
811 South Hamilton Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Cigna’s Chandler Health Center requires you to make an appointment to be seen Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can use private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare to pay for your STD services. If you’re a cash-pay patient, STD services are offered at a low cost and include chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis testing, and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines.
1717 West Chandler Boulevard
Chandler, AZ 85224
You won’t need an appointment to be seen at Valle Del Sol’s East Valley Clinic on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get low-cost chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, and gonorrhea testing, and hepatitis A and B, and HPV vaccines. The clinic offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify and don’t have insurance. It also accepts AHCCCS, most private insurance plans, and Medicaid.
334 West 10th Place, Suite 100
Mesa, AZ 85201
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in Phoenix is about 23 miles from Chandler, but you get free testing Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment. You can get rapid HIV testing with 20-minute results or conventional HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing with results in three to five days. If you test positive, the center coordinates free or low-cost treatment, and if you’re negative, it offers free condoms, lube, counseling, and referrals for PrEP.
1101 North Central Avenue, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85004