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With clinics that provide testing to wide age ranges and sexual orientations, it’s easy to find clinics where you can get low-cost or free STD testing in Chesapeake. Since Virginia law allows adolescents to get tested without an adult present, you don’t even need parental permission if you’re underaged.
Virginia had above average rates of new chlamydia cases in 2019 and more than 13,800 new cases of gonorrhea reported in the state the same year. If you live in Chesapeake, it’s important to be proactive about your sexual health with regular STD testing.
You can get free HIV and hepatitis C testing and low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing at CAN Community Health’s LGBT Life Center in Norfolk. The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters has an Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic where you can get STD testing without an adult present. LGBT Life Center’s Court One Office offers free rapid HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis testing, and free chlamydia and gonorrhea testing with results in three to five business days. Planned Parenthood offers Spanish language services and will create a payment plan for testing if you’re uninsured.
LBGT Life Center
Childrens Specialty Group
Portsmouth Family Medicine
Ghent Family Medicine
Court One Office
Chesapeake Health Department
Portsmouth Health Department
Virginia Beach Health Center
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:
CAN Community Health’s LGBT Life Center in Norfolk provides free HIV and hepatitis C testing and low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. It also offers low-cost HIV/STD treatment and has PrEP services, support groups, and transportation services. LGBT Life Center accepts insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid, but you’ll still receive services regardless of your insurance status, financial situation, or ability to pay. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. The clinic boasts Spanish-speaking staff members, and services are available on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with extended hours on select Thursdays and Saturdays each month.
1001 Monticello Avenue, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23510, 757-346-5770
CHKD’s Health Center at Fort Norfolk has an Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic that provides specialty care for patients between the ages of 12 and 21. Services include low-cost testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, syphilis, and HIV. It also provides HPV vaccines and PrEP initiation and management. You may come to your appointment alone or with your parents. Under Virginia law, adolescents may receive STD/HIV testing and treatment without an adult present. CHKD accepts commercial insurance and Medicaid.
301 Riverview Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 668-7000
LGBT Life Center’s Court One Office offers free rapid HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis testing and free chlamydia and gonorrhea testing with results in three to five business days. Testing is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center also tests at 1001 Monticello Ave., Suite 100, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Testing is done on a walk-in basis only. Life Center also offers free condoms and lube, which you can pick up at any of its locations or have delivered right to your door.
247 W. 25th Street, Norfolk, VA 23517, 757-640-0929
Chesapeake Health Department’s STD Clinic provides confidential HIV antibody tests and counseling and confidential testing, exams, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. It also provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. While there are fees for these services, the health department uses a sliding fee scale based on your income, and you won’t be turned away if you’re unable to pay. You must schedule an appointment to visit the health department, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
748 N Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23320, (757) 382-8631
Planned Parenthood’s Virginia Beach Health Center provides chlamydia and gonorrhea testing for $102-$112. Ask about pricing on tests for syphilis, herpes, HIV, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. It also provides HPV vaccines for $35 and free condoms. Your insurance may cover some STD services, but Planned Parenthood will create a plan that fits your budget if you’re uninsured. Services are available in English or Spanish on Mondays, Thursdays, Friday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
515 Newtown Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, 757-499-7526