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|Local STD labs and clinics||Community STD testing centers||Ways to get tested|
STD testing is confidential and low-cost in Chula Vista. With clinics open six days a week, it’s easy to fit STD testing into your schedule, and with most insurance providers accepted or sliding fee discounts to uninsured patients, it’s also easy to fit it into your budget.
Only three states had higher rates of primary and secondary syphilis than California in 2019. State residents also reported more than 236,700 new cases of chlamydia and more than 80,000 new cases of gonorrhea that year, making sexual health a top priority for Chula Vista residents.
San Diego county has numerous clinics where Chula Vista residents can get STD testing. San Diego’s South Region PHC offers an STD clinic on Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. where you can get free HIV testing and low-cost STD testing. Mountain Health accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance or provides a sliding fee discount program if you qualify. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest offers convenient Saturday appointments at the Euclid Avenue Parker Center.
San Diego Healthcare Center
Central Region Public Health Center
South Region Public Health Center
Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center
Logan Heights Family Health Center
Family Health on Commercial
Oak Park Family Health Center
Sherman Heights Family Health Center
Family Health at City College
Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center
Downtown Family Health Center at Connections
Elm Street Family Health Center
Rice Family Health Center
North Park Family Health Center II
North Park Family Health Center
Lemon Grove Family Health Center
Ibarra Family Health Center
HIV Coordinated Services and Prevention Center
City Heights Family Health Center
Hillcrest Family Health Center
Chula Vista Family Health Center
Mobile Medical Units
National City Family Health Center
Imperial Beach Health Center
Nestor Community Health Center
25th Street Family Medicine
First Avenue Family Planning Michelle Wagner Center
City Heights Center
College Avenue Sarah Weddington Center
Chula Vista Center
Euclid Avenue Parker Center
Youth 2 Youth Center
National City Medical
Mid-City Community Clinic
Otay Family Health Center
King-Chavez 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:
San Diego’s South Region PHC offers an STD clinic on Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. You can get free HIV testing and low-cost hepatitis B/C, chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. The clinic also offers treatment for most STDs and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. There’s a fee of $40 per visit that covers risk assessment, comprehensive testing, treatment, vaccinations, and follow-up visits. However, this fee may be waived if you can’t afford to pay it.
690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911, 619-409-3110 or 619-293-4700
Mountain Health’s 25th Street Family Medicine clinic is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and requires appointments. You can request low-cost hepatitis B and C testing, hepatitis A and B vaccines, HPV vaccines, herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis testing. The clinic accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance. It also has a sliding fee discount program if you qualify and don’t have any insurance coverage.
316 25th Street, San Diego, CA 92102, 619-445-6200
Planned Parenthood’s Chula Vista Center is closed until further notice, but the Euclid Avenue Parker Center is open outside of Chula Vista. It provides STD services on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon; and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. With an appointment, you can get HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes testing and treatment, among others. Some STD services may be covered by insurance. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for a sliding fee or a state-funded program, but you won’t be turned away.
220 Euclid Ave, Suite 30, San Diego, CA 92114, 888-743-7526
Rice Family Health Center operates on the Rice Elementary School campus but offers STD testing and treatment to students, parents, and the community. You must make an appointment to get free HIV testing and low-cost hepatitis B/C, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing. You can also get PrEP services and HPV and hepatitis A/B vaccines. There’s a sliding fee scale if you qualify, or you can use your insurance or Medi-Cal. The clinic operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
352 L Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911, 619-515-2325
You can turn to SD Family Care’s Mid-City Community Clinic to get confidential STD testing and treatment for gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and chlamydia. You can also request HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines and free HIV testing. You must make an appointment to be seen Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can use private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid to cover your costs, and the clinic offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify.
4290 Polk Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105, 619-563-0250