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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.
Chesapeake is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia with its own health district, which is part of the Eastern Health Region. Except for a dip in early syphilis cases in 2018, Chesapeake has seen chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis infections increase every year between 2015 and 2019.
Chlamydia diagnoses in Chesapeake increased over 6% in 2019, which was nearly identical to the 6.5% increase the city saw in 2018. Chesapeake accounted for over 10% of the Eastern Health Region’s recorded chlamydia infections in 2019. The region reported a 9% increase overall, with chlamydia diagnoses more prevalent among women. Nearly 64% of the region’s total were female cases, while males comprised about 36%. Young adults aged 20 to 24 represented the age group with the highest number of chlamydia diagnoses in the region, accounting for 39% of its 2019 total.
Chesapeake’s gonorrhea infections jumped more than 25% in 2019, marking the fourth consecutive year the city has seen this number rise. Although the increase was marginal in 2018, gonorrhea diagnoses have gone up more than 78% between 2015 and 2019. The Eastern Region also saw gonorrhea cases increase by more than 17% in 2019 and once again claimed the top spot for having the highest number of cases among the state’s five health regions. The Chesapeake Health District, which only includes the City of Chesapeake, ranked 10th among all other health districts statewide for its gonorrhea infection rate in 2019.
Although Virginia recorded a 4% drop in early syphilis cases in 2019, Chesapeake noted an increase of over 6%. Early syphilis cases include all early latent, primary, and secondary syphilis diagnoses. Despite Chesapeake’s increase, the Eastern Health Region saw early syphilis cases drop by nearly 7%. However, Chesapeake only made up about 2.5% of the state’s 2019 total, while the region still represented more than 31.5% of the total. Early syphilis infections in men accounted for nearly 88% of the region’s reported cases in 2019, and about 23% of the region’s cases were among the 25 to 29 age group.
Undiagnosed STDs can seriously harm your internal organs and even cause death. You can still pass your STD to your partner(s), even if you have zero symptoms. The only way you can be sure you’re STD-free is through testing, which is why numerous facilities in and around Chesapeake offer free or low-cost STD testing to the communities they serve.
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 Chesapeake 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:
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
The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood’s Virginia Beach and Hampton Health Centers provide chlamydia and gonorrhea testing for $102-$112 as well as information and support about prevention. Ask about pricing on tests for syphilis, herpes, HIV (testing and diagnosis only), genital warts, bacterial vaginosis (BV), and trichomoniasis. VLPP provides HPV vaccines (Gardasil) for $325 per individual injection and free condoms. Some STD services may be covered by your insurance, so please be sure to bring your insurance information at the time of your visit. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for financial assistance for testing costs. For more information about financial assistance options, please call 757-499-7526 (Virginia Beach) or 757-826-2079 (403 Yale Drive, Hampton, VA). Services are available in English and Spanish, and interpretation by telephone is available for other languages. VLPP’s Virginia Beach Health Center is open Monday, Thursday-Saturday from 9 AM-5 PM and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 AM-5 PM. VLPP’s Hampton Health Center is open on Mondays from 9 AM-5 PM, and Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 AM-5 PM.
515 Newtown Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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 Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1001 Monticello Avenue, Suite 100
Norfolk, VA 23510
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. You can schedule your appointment online or by calling the clinic. Life Center also offers free condoms and lube, which you can pick up at any of its locations or have them delivered right to your door.
248 West 24th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
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