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North Duke Street Clinic
Chapel Hill Medical Clinic
Chapel Hill Community Health Center
Durham Health Center
Chapel Hill 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.
Durham is a city in Durham County, the sixth most populous county in North Carolina. Durham County recorded increases in chlamydia and gonorrhea diagnoses every year between 2015 and 2019 but primary and secondary syphilis infections went down in 2019.
Durham County reported increases in cases of chlamydia every year between 2016 and 2019. While the rise in chlamydia diagnoses was about 6% in 2016, it was more than double this amount in 2017. Relatively smaller increases of about 4.5% were documented in both 2018 and 2019. Overall, chlamydia infections in Durham County have increased about 31% since 2015. However, the county still only accounted for about 4% of North Carolina’s total chlamydia cases in 2019.
Gonorrhea diagnoses in Durham County also increased every year between 2016 and 2019. The increase was most notable in 2016, which had a surge of nearly 30%. A fairly large rise of almost 12% was recorded in 2017, but 2018 and 2019 had relatively small increases of about 3%. Like chlamydia, Durham County comprised about 4% of the state’s total gonorrhea cases in 2019. However, the county’s infection rate of gonorrhea was about 350 per 100,000 residents while its chlamydia infection rate was over 900.
Durham County’s early syphilis cases made up nearly 6% of North Carolina’s total in 2019, though primary and secondary syphilis infections fell by 11.5%. The state ranked each county based on a three-year average of their infection rates of early syphilis between 2017 and 2019. While Durham County ranks sixth among the most populous North Carolina counties, it ranked first for having the highest average rate of early syphilis infections. Wake County had the highest estimated population in 2019, but its average placed it sixth in the lineup.
STDs can have serious consequences, including infertility, organ damage, adverse effects on unborn babies, and even death. You must get treated right away for an STD and testing is the only way to know if you have one, so take advantage of the free or low-cost STD testing available at various clinics throughout Durham.
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 available in Durham 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:
Durham County Public Health offers free HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, hepatitis C, and gonorrhea testing with results in about seven business days. If you don’t have any symptoms, testing only is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you have symptoms and/or need medication, services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. These are both walk-in services with limited availability.
414 East Main Street, Clinic 6
Durham, NC 27701
Planned Parenthood’s Durham Health Center provides services in English and Spanish, including HIV testing and herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia testing and treatment. You can schedule an appointment during clinic hours on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s a limited number of same-day appointments if you need to be seen quickly. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for a sliding fee scale or state-funded programs.
105 Newsom Street, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27704
Gateway Women’s care provides free, confidential STD testing for both women and men. You can walk in for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis C testing on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Thursday of every month. Other services are provided for a fee and by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4113 Capitol Street, Suite B
Durham, NC 27704
You can get low-cost chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes testing at Lincoln Community Health Center. The clinic also provides free condoms and other safer sex supplies. The clinic accepts Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify. You must make an appointment to be seen Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
1301 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27717
Samaritan Health Center’s East Durham Clinic only sees patients who earn under 300% of the federal poverty level and currently live in the Triangle area, which includes Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. If you qualify, you can receive free HIV testing and low-cost gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and herpes testing. Although it’s not required, the clinic suggests a donation of $20 per visit.
507 East Knox Street
Durham, NC 27701
Multiple Durham locations
You must make an appointment to be seen at Duke Family Medicine on Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic provides supportive and preventative services to residents throughout central and southeastern North Carolina. You can receive low-cost HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines and syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis B and C testing. It also provides HIV testing and counseling as well as programs intended to educate you about sexual health. The clinic accepts Medicaid and private insurance.
2100 Erwin Road
Marshall I Pickens Building
Durham, NC 27705