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If you’re concerned about your sexual heatlh or practicing caution to avoid STDs, there are many community resources in Fremont to help you. Clinics around the area offer free STD testing, prevention and education so you can stay on top of your sexual health.
With above-average rates of chlamydia and gonnorhea and among the highest levels of syphilis cases per capita in the nation, sexual health should be a priority if you live in Fremont. Free, confidential STD testing is an easy way to ensure you keep yourself healthy.
Fremont has a vareity of options for free STD testing. The Berkeley Free Clinic provides free telehealth STI counseling and screening appointments. If you’re a Fremont High School student or recent graduate, you can get free STD services at the Fremont High School Tiger Clinic. Planned Parenthood has a clinic in the Coliseum Health Center, which is open to all and offers a myriad of STD services including treatement and prevention.
Newark Wellness Center
Hayward Wellness Center
Mowry II Clinic
Alviso Health Center
Union City 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:
The STD Control and Prevention Unit aims to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of STDs in Alameda county and improve STD prevention. It provides STD screening, testing, and education to at-risk populations, including adolescents and young adults, as well as information regarding local testing sites. It focuses on populations the most at-risk for STDs, including people age 14 to 24, women, incarcerated people, communities of color, and men having sex with other men. If you’re a woman 25 or under, you can get the I Know Alameda STD home test kit, which offers free, accurate, and private STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. The test can be ordered online or over the phone by calling 510-268-2110. The unit also oversees community intervention programs at community-based centers, health care providers, and school clinics that serve county residents 12 to 24.
1000 Broadway, Suite 500 Oakland, CA 94607, 510-267-8000
Bay Area Community Health is a publicly funded healthcare provider that offers a full range of services, including primary care, pediatrics, nutrition counseling, and testing for STDs and HIV. Clients receive screening for common STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. The clinic also provides vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B. It has a sliding fee discount program if you’re income-eligible and don’t have health insurance or if your health insurance doesn’t cover the services you receive. No one is turned away due to inability to pay. To schedule an appointment, you should call the clinic.
39500 Liberty Street Fremont, CA 94538, 510-770-8040
The Berkeley Free Clinic, located 30 miles north of Fremont, provides free testing for STDs and HIV as well as free telehealth counseling and screening appointments. Some STDs you can be screened for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. On Monday and Wednesday through Friday, same-day appointments are available and can be made by calling the clinic at 5:45 p.m. On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., STD testing is available on a walk-in basis for straight women and transgender clients, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for everyone. Testing is provided for male clients on a walk-in basis on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2339 Durant Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-548-2570
Coliseum Health Center is located in the eastern region of Oakland, about 20 miles north of Fremont. It is operated by Planned Parenthood. The center offers a variety of free and low-cost services to men and women, including birth control, HIV services, and STD testing and treatment. Some STD services are available via telehealth. In-person services may be provided on a walk-in basis but are first-come, first-serve, so you’re encouraged to schedule appointments. Services are provided in English and Spanish, and interpretation by telephone is available for other languages with advance notice.
8480 Enterprise Way Oakland, CA 94621, 510-746-4700
The Tiger Clinic is a school-based clinic that serves current students of Fremont High School and recent graduates up to age 21. It provides a full array of healthcare services, including sports physicals, reproductive health, immunizations, and STD prevention and treatment. To schedule an appointment, if you’re a student, you can drop-in from 12:30-1 p.m. Services are available to all students and are free of charge, regardless of income or health insurance status.
4610 Foothill Boulevard Oakland, CA 94601, (510) 434-2001