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California has some of the highest rates of STDs in the nation. Fresno also has many clinics where you can get free or low-cost STD testing. Testing can be confidential and conducted with or without insurance.
California had the fourth-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis and the sixth-highest rate of congenital syphilis per capita in the nation in 2019, according to the CDC. There were also more than 236,700 new cases of chlamydia and more than 80,000 new cases of gonorrhea in the state that year. Protecting your sexual health should be a key priority for California residents.
Camarena Health, located about 20 miles northwest of Fresno in Madera, is open seven days per week with an Urgent Care center where you may be able to get STD treatment on a walk-in basis. Clinica Sierra Vista has ten clinics in Fresno, including one that offers walk-in STD testing. First Health Medical Center of Fresno offers confidential STD testing and treatment on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’re uninsured or underinsured, you may qualify for free treatment at Fresno EOC Community Health Center or Planned Parenthood’s Fulton Street Health Center.
Regional Medical Community Health Center
Orange and Butler Community Health Center
West Fresno Community Health and Dental Center
Elm Community Health Center
Garland Community Health Center
North Fine Community Health Center
Easton Community Health Center
West Shaw Community Health Center
Community Health Division
Fulton Street Health Center
Family First Health Center
Holy Cross Clinic
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:
Camarena Health is located about 20 miles northwest of Fresno in Madera. This publicly funded clinic is open seven days per week and provides a full range of health services for clients. Some services offered include treatment for infections and illnesses, mild sprains and strains, suturing of lacerations, and STD testing and treatment. Services are provided by appointment, and some illnesses, including STDs, may be treated at the Urgent Care clinic on a walk-in basis. Appointments can be made via the online booking tool or by calling the clinic. Most insurance plans are accepted, and uninsured patients may qualify for discounted services.
730 North I Street, Suite 202 Madera, CA 93637, 559-664-4000
Clinica Sierra Vista is a comprehensive healthcare organization with nearly three dozen clinics throughout Kern, Fresno, and Inyo counties. Ten of these clinics, including one walk-in clinic, are in Fresno. The clinics provide a full array of health services, including behavioral health, treatment for chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes, and STD screening and treatment. The clinic accepts Medi-Cal and most private insurance plans, and it has a sliding fee scale to provide affordable care if you don’t have health insurance. Care is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Elm Community Health Center location, and appointments are needed for services at the other clinics.
2505 East Divisadero Street Fresno, CA 93721, Multiple Fresno locations 559-457-5500
First Health Medical is a walk-in clinic that provides efficient service for conditions such as mild injuries, cold-related infections, arthritis, and joint pain. It also provides confidential STD testing and treatment. Care is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can fill out the new patient form online for faster treatment. The clinic accepts most types of health insurance and charges uninsured clients on an income-based sliding fee scale.
7161 North Howard Street, Suite 100 Fresno, CA 93720, 559-227-2273
The Fresno EOC Community Health Center is a low-cost clinic that provides education, counseling, and treatment services for area residents at risk for unintended pregnancies or STDs. The clinic’s services include sports and work physicals, obstetrics, access to birth control, and testing for HIV and STDs. The clinic accepts several major insurance plans, and it has an income-based sliding fee schedule if you’re uninsured or underinsured. You may qualify for free treatment. Appointments are required for services and can be made by calling the clinic.
1047 R Street Fresno, CA 93721, 559-499-1690
Fulton Street Health Center offers quick, easy, and sometimes free STD testing for patients with and without symptoms. This clinic is operated by Planned Parenthood and provides a full range of reproductive health services for men and women, including exams, access to birth control, and assistance with enrolling in health insurance. You can receive testing for common STDs, such as genital warts, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, and counseling on avoiding future infections. Tests are conducted via exams, urine tests, or swabs, and results are available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of test. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic or use the online booking tool.
650 North Fulton Street Fresno, CA 93728, 559-488-4900