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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.
The three most common STDs in Fremont are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In Alameda County, all three STDs were documented at a higher frequency in 2018 than in 2017.
There were 9,719 chlamydia cases in Alameda County in 2018, a 6% increase over the number documented in 2017 and nearly a 40% increase over 2014. Females are considerably more likely to be diagnosed with this disease, accounting for 5,431 cases, or 56%, in the county. However, males experienced a profound increase in the number of cases between 2014 and 2018. While the number of infections among females increased by 24% during this time frame, among males, it increased by 61%. Ninety-six percent of females and 87% of males who were diagnosed with chlamydia were aged 15-44.
Throughout California, the number of gonorrhea cases totaled 79,397 in 2018, which is 211% higher than the number documented 10 years prior. Statewide, this infection is diagnosed at a frequency of 199.4 per 100,000 residents, although some counties experience significantly higher frequencies. In 2018, Alameda County ranked 10th in the state for gonorrhea infections. There were 3,777 documented infections that year, which corresponds to a rate of 227.7. About two-thirds of these cases were diagnosed in males, for a frequency of 323 per 100,000 people, versus a rate of 131 among females. As with chlamydia, the majority of these cases were diagnosed in those aged 15-44.
In Alameda County, there were 438 early syphilis cases disclosed in 2018, which is an increase of 72% over the number reported in 2014. While just 33 of these cases were documented in females, this is a 50% increase over the number in 2014. By comparison, males accounted for 404 cases in 2018, a 73% increase over the number documented in 2014. Across genders, those aged 25-29 are disproportionately affected by this disease. In this demographic, early syphilis is diagnosed in males at a rate of 178 per 100,000 and 38.3 in females.
Not all STDs cause noticeable side effects, but left untreated, they can cause serious lifelong complications, such as cancer, vision problems, and higher susceptibility of contracting HIV. The CDC recommends that everyone sexually active be tested for STDs at least once in their lifetime or more often depending on their habits. The Fremont area is home to several clinics that provide free or low-cost STD testing.
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 Fremont 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:
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 for income-eligible clients who don’t have health insurance or whose health insurance doesn’t cover the services they receive. No one is turned away due to inability to pay. To schedule an appointment, clients should call the clinic.
39500 Liberty Street
Fremont, CA 94538
The Berkeley Free Clinic, located 30 miles north of Fremont, provides free testing for STDs and HIV. Some STDs that clients can be screened for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. On Monday and Wednesday-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
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, students can visit the clinic 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
Coliseum Health Center is located in the eastern region of Oakland, about 20 miles north of Fremont, and 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 clients are 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
The STD Control and Prevention Unit serves to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of STDs in the county. It provides STD screening, testing, and education to at-risk populations, including adolescents and young adults, as well as information regarding local testing sites. Women aged 25 and under have access to the I Know Alameda STD home test kit, which offers free, accurate, and private STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. This 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 aged 12-24.
1000 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94607