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STD testing is offered at many clinics throughout Cleveland. Clinics offer free or low-cost testing, and some accept insurance. You can make an appointment or find a walk-in clinic near you.
Ohio experienced above-average rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in 2019, according to CDC reports. The state had the fourteenth highest rate of gonorrhea per capita that year, so protecting your sexual health should be a top priority for Cleveland residents.
Many clinics in Cleveland offer convenient STD testing. The Care Alliance Health Center on St. Clair Avenue Northeast provides rapid HIV and STD testing on a sliding fee scale. The Centers & Circle Health has multiple Cleveland locations offering low-cost STD testing and treatment for the most common STDs, as well as free HIV tests and preventative options, including contraception, PrEP, PEP, and clean syringe exchanges. You may qualify for free STD testing at Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s clinics. MetroHealth Broadway Health Center accepts many insurance plans and provides treatment through its in-house pharmacy. Planned Parenthood operates the Cleveland Health Center, where you can get low-cost STD testing and treatment by appointment or on a walk-in basis.
Riverview Tower Clinic
Central Neighborhood Clinic
Carl B Stokes Clinic
Division of Infectious Disease
Ridge Community Health Center
W 117th Community Health Center
Norwood Health Center
Hough Health Center
Superior Health Center
Miles Broadway Health Center
Southeast Health Center
East Cleveland Health Center
Collinwood Health Center
Cleveland Health Center
Old Brooklyn Health Center
Rocky River Health Center
John T Carey Special Immunology Unit
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:
Located on St. Clair Avenue Northeast, the Care Alliance Health Center offers comprehensive STD testing, focusing on HIV testing and diagnosis. The center offers rapid HIV testing, risk-reduction counseling, and education sessions in the community. Fees are charged on a sliding schedule based on your income and circumstances. If you’re on a very low income, funding is provided through the Bureau of Primary Health Care, local foundations, and other contributions, so you’ll still be able to access services.
1530 Sant Clair Avenue Northeast,, Cleveland, OH 44104, 216-535-9100
With multiple locations across Cleveland, The Centers & Circle Health focuses on providing quality, low-cost STD testing and treatment. You can get screened for the most common STDs, and you can also access a range of preventative options, including contraception, PrEP, PEP, and clean syringe exchanges. HIV tests are provided free of charge. Treatment is also available through the clinic’s in-house pharmacy to ensure your STI is addressed before it escalates.
12201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, Multiple Cleveland locations, 216-721-4010
The city’s Department of Public Health provides access to low-cost STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other sexually transmitted diseases. The department currently has STD testing locations on St. Clair Avenue and Lorrain Avenue, making it easy to access STD screening, diagnosis, and treatment services. Express testing is also available if you need to know your results urgently. You can also take advantage of the on-site counseling offered by the department, which teaches about STD prevention and how to practice safer sex at all times.
4242 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114, Multiple Cleveland locations, 216-664-6603
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health provides low- to no-cost sexual health services to Cleveland residents, including screening, diagnosis, and treatment for the most common STDs. The clinic also offers educational courses and counseling about safer sex and several programs that you can attend. Service charges are based on your income, and you may qualify for free STD testing and treatment if you meet the eligibility criteria.
20050 Harvard Avenue, Suite 102, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122, 216-201-2041
The MetroHealth Broadway Health Center makes it easy to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. If you test positive for an STD, the center provides prompt treatment through its in-house pharmacy, and it offers various educational resources to help prevent the spread of STDs. It accepts insurance from a wide range of providers, and additional financial assistance is available if you’re on a low income.
6835 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105, Multiple Cleveland locations, 216-957-1500
The Cleveland Health Center, which Planned Parenthood operates, offers a wide range of STD testing options to Cleveland residents. Here you can access testing, diagnosis, and treatment for most common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. Condoms are also supplied to both male and female patients upon request. The health center operates on both an appointment and walk-in basis during all business hours. It accepts Medicaid, but financial assistance is also available if you’re uninsured.
7997 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103, 216-851-1880