Washington, D.C. STD Testing Directory
To help you locate an accredited laboratory/testing center, a list of resources has been compiled and can be found below.
Consult with your health care provider about any lab testing that you may be considering. It is also important to follow up with your health care provider to discuss your results within the context of your medical history.
STD Trends in Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia’s reported STDs are average. In Washington, D.C., some underlying causes of increased STDs relate to a complex network of social factors. Some of these factors may include economic disparities that prevent access to appropriate health care, substance use, homelessness, and the exchange of sex for money or other resources. Trends seen in Washington, D.C. include:
|STD Trends in Washington, D.C.|
|Cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
Source: CDC 2020 STD Surveillance Report
STD Screening Recommendations and Risk Factors
If you have sex, you are at risk for getting an STD. According to the CDC, risk factors for STDs include:
- Unprotected sex (anal, vaginal, or oral)
- Sex with multiple partners
- Anonymous sex partners
- Sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Injection of drugs or sharing needles
Should you get tested for STDs? And how often? Talk to your doctor to be sure, but you should generally follow these CDC recommendations:
|Who should get tested||How often to test|
|Anyone who is sexually active||At least once for HIV and more often if you have new partners|
|Sexually active women under 25 or women 25+ with new or multiple sex partners or a partner with an STD||Annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||During pregnancy for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea|
|Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men||
|Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment||Annually for HIV and Hepatitis B and C|
|People who have had oral or anal sex||Discuss throat and rectal testing with your health care provider|
STD Testing in Washington D.C.:
Washington D.C. Community STD Testing Centers
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:
- AHF Wellness Center
Address: 650 Pennsylvania Ave. Southeast, Ste. 310, Washington, D.C. 20003Number: (833) 243-7411
- DC Health and Wellness Center
Address: 77 P St., Washington, D.C. 20002Number: (202) 741-7692
- Hoya Clinic
Address: The Triumph, 4225 6th St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20032Number: (202) 735-0979
- Planned Parenthood Carol Whitehill Moses Center
Address: 1225 4th St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002Number: (202) 347-8512
- Whitman-Walker Health Max Robinson Center
Address: 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20020Number: (202) 745-6130
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in the District of Columbia
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Washington, D.C.?
Washington, D.C.’s most prevalent STD is chlamydia, with 908.7 cases per 100,000 people, followed by gonorrhea with 549.6 cases per 100,000. There are fewer cases of syphilis, at a rate of 35.0 per 100,000 individuals and 33.0 cases per 100,000.
Is STD testing free in the District of Columbia?
There are free and low-cost STD clinics in California, including Planned Parenthood Carol Whitehill Moses Medical Center, which offers a sliding fee scale, and AHF Wellness, which offers free STD and HIV testing.
How much does STD testing cost in Washington, D.C.?
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.
What is included in a full STD panel?
When getting a full STD panel, expect to test for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Does insurance cover STD testing?
Insurance coverage depends on the clinic you visit, but most public and private STD clinics accept insurance. Contact the clinic before your visit to ask about insurance policies.
How long does it take to get STD results?
Some clinics offer rapid results, such as HIV test results, within 30 minutes. Still, other tests may take up to a week to return results, particularly bacterial testing, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020 STD Surveillance Report. Updated 2021. Accessed November 8, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/tables/2020-STD-Surveillance-State-Ranking-Tables.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. District of Columbia – State Health Profile. Updated 2016. Accessed November 8, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/pdf/District_of_Columbia_profile.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – CDC Fact Sheets. Updated January 13, 2022. Accessed November 8, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STDs and HIV – CDC Basic Fact Sheet. Updated April 12, 2022. Accessed November 8, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/stdfact-std-hiv.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – Which Tests Should I Get? Updated December 14, 2021. Accessed November 8, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm