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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.
Gilbert is in Maricopa County and part of Phoenix’s metropolitan area. Of Maricopa County’s three most reported STDs, chlamydia cases took a slight drop in 2020, while gonorrhea and syphilis infections continued to climb.
Females account for more chlamydia infections than males in Maricopa County, but the gap between the sexes may be narrowing. Chlamydia cases among women made up 64% of the county’s total in 2018, dropped to about 62% in 2019, then bounced back up to 63% in 2020. The 20 to 24 age group has historically had the highest number of confirmed chlamydia diagnoses among both sexes, which remained the case in 2019 and 2020. Maricopa County ranked third among counties nationwide for its reported chlamydia cases in 2019, which may improve in 2020 after its recorded drop in diagnoses of nearly 10.5%.
Maricopa County recorded a drop of about 2.5% in gonorrhea cases in 2018, the first since 2010, but infections jumped back up by about 20.5% in 2019 and nearly 14% in 2020. Over the previous decade, the county has had an overall increase of almost 400% in gonorrhea infections, and more of these cases have been among men. Male diagnoses of gonorrhea in 2020 accounted for about 60% of all cases countywide. Among men, gonorrhea infections were only slightly higher in the 25 to 29 age group, but the 20 to 24 age group had significantly higher numbers of gonorrhea cases among women in 2020.
All stages of syphilis diagnoses in Maricopa County notably dropped in 2019, with reported cases more than 24% lower than in 2018. However, infections were back up in 2020, rising nearly 12% compared to 2019 numbers. Syphilis diagnoses among men are traditionally higher and were four times higher than those among women in 2020. Males aged 25 to 29 had the highest number of syphilis infections within this gender in 2019 and 2020. The age group among females with the greatest number of syphilis infections was a three-way tie in 2019, but in 2020, the 20 to 24 age group took a significant lead.
Having an undiagnosed STD can cause severe long-term health problems, put you at higher risk of contracting HIV and other STDs, and put your partner(s) at risk of contracting your STD. Early detection is key to protecting your health and preventing the spread of STDs, so regularly complete reliable at-home STD tests or visit the low-cost STD testing facilities in Gilbert or other Maricopa County communities.
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 in Gilbert 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:
If you’re aged 18 or older, you can receive low-cost syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B/C, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing at Sapphire Health and Wellness. The clinic accepts private insurance but provides PrEP for uninsured individuals. You’ll need an appointment to receive services on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3530 South Val Vista Drive, Suite A111
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Cigna’s San Tan Valley Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get low-cost chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B/C, gonorrhea, and herpes testing by appointment. You can also request HPV and hepatitis A/B vaccines. The health center accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.
3530 South Val Vista Drive, Suite #101
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Planned Parenthood’s Mesa Health Center offers STD services by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program if you’re uninsured and need help paying for HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, and/or gonorrhea testing. You’ll never be turned away if you can’t pay, and the clinic provides expedited partner therapy if you test positive for chlamydia.
1235 South Gilbert Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
The Maricopa County STD Clinic offers syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing for $20, with results available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rapid HIV testing results are available in about an hour. Although you don’t need an appointment, you must register before 3 p.m. to receive testing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can check for free STD/HIV testing outreach events at STDAZ.com.
1645 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Native Health’s Mesa Health Center provides low-cost testing and treatment for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and herpes on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also get free HIV testing with an appointment, but same-day appointments are available. The clinic also offers hepatitis A/B and HPV vaccines. It accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and has a sliding fee scale if you don’t have insurance and qualify financially.
777 West Southern Avenue
Building C and E
Mesa, AZ 85210
Valleywise Community Health Center’s Mesa clinic offers low-cost preventative care, diagnosis, and treatment for common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. It also provides hepatitis A/B vaccines and accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. However, if you don’t have insurance, it strives to make your health care affordable using its sliding fee discount program and other resources. You must make an appointment to receive services Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
59 South Hibbert
Mesa, AZ 85210