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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.
Irvine is one of the three most populous cities in Orange County, with a population nearing 300,000. Like the state overall, Orange County has seen increases in the three most common STDs, with chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis rates steadily rising over the last five years, especially among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Orange County had a total of 14,338 chlamydia cases reported in 2018, which translated to an infection rate of 445.7 per 100,000 residents. The county’s rate of infection ranked 33rd among 61 California counties and selected city health jurisdictions. Chlamydia diagnoses among women remained higher than men, with 9,063 female cases compared to 5,215 male cases. Infection rates among young people aged 15 to 24 also remained high, with 5,496 cases among women in this age group translating to a rate of 2,419.6 and 2,026 incidents among men accounting for 848.1 cases per 100,000 persons.
The rate of gonorrhea infections in Orange County ranked 29th among 61 California counties and selected city health jurisdictions in 2018. There were 3,967 cases resulting in a rate of 123.3 per 100,000 residents. This number was up from 3,572 and a rate of 111.4 in 2017. Gonorrhea cases among females increased from 1,165 in 2017 to 1,309 in 2018, and male cases jumped from 2,387 to 2,645. Confirmed diagnoses of gonorrhea have more than doubled since 2014 when the county had 1,797 cases.
Orange County ranked 24th for all stages of syphilis, with 772 total cases in 2018, up from 688 in 2017. Infections among men were much higher with 710 diagnoses compared to 62 female diagnoses, and the county also saw 14 congenital syphilis cases. Reported early non-primary non-secondary syphilis cases only went up by one, with 320 diagnoses in 2017 and 321 in 2018, but occurrences of primary and secondary syphilis jumped from 368 to 451. Primary and secondary syphilis was also more prevalent among men, with 418 male reports compared to 33 female reports. However, 2018 marked the highest increase in cases among women, with diagnoses nearly doubling compared to the 17 reported the previous year.
An undiagnosed STD left untreated can lead to serious long-term health issues, including infertility and even death. The good news is that most STDs are preventable and curable, but the only way to know if an STD is present is to get tested. STD testing and treatment are available in communities throughout California, including several free or low-cost resources in Irvine and surrounding cities within Orange County.
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 Irvine 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:
Radiant Health Centers offers rapid HIV testing and hepatitis C testing to qualified individuals and testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, with pre/post-test counseling. It also provides prescriptions to prevent HIV transmission, including PrEP and PEP, and an antiretroviral therapy immediately following an HIV diagnosis. Radiant Health doesn’t accept walk-ins, so call for an appointment. Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite M
Irvine, CA 92614
Planned Parenthood operates Costa Mesa Health Center, providing HIV testing and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. Prevention services include male/female condoms, HPV vaccines, and PrEP. Most services are available on a walk-in basis. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Spanish interpretation is available. Uninsured individuals may qualify for a lower fee scale.
1520 Nutmeg Place, Suite 101
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Multiple Orange County locations
Orange County Health Care Agency STD Clinic offers testing, treatment, prevention, and education for HIV and most STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It also provides PrEP and PEP for uninsured patients, free condoms and lube, and confidential, voluntary HIV Partner Services. Appointments are preferred, and walk-in patients will be screened to determine if a same-day visit is warranted. Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1725 West 17th Street, 101F
Santa Ana, CA 92706
LGBT Center of Orange County provides rapid blood HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing that’s free to everyone. Testing is performed by appointment only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but syphilis testing isn’t available on Fridays. It also supplies free male and female condoms. The center offers mental health and emotional wellness services, resource referrals for individuals seeking PrEP and PEP, and educational visits to local events and organizations.
1605 North Spurgeon Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Women’s Health Care Specialists offers chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and conventional blood HIV testing for both sexes. Free STD testing is provided to those who qualify for the California Family PACT program with low-cost cash prices for those who don’t. Insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Office hours are Mondays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one Saturday per month from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
2077 Harbor Boulevard, Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Pacific Coast Medical Group provides free rapid blood HIV and rapid hepatitis C testing and low-cost STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. It also offers STD and HIV treatment, including PrEP. Languages spoken at the clinic include English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Japanese, and various Indian dialects. Services are available by appointment on Fridays only, and insurance plans are accepted.
11180 Warner Avenue, Suite 353
Fountain Valley, CA 92708