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AIDS Outreach Department
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.
Chlamydia is the most prevalent STD in Duval County, making up nearly 70% of the top three most diagnosed STDs. A recent STD surveillance report showed that in Duval County, chlamydia cases increased by 21% between February 2016 and February 2017. In 2016, about 68% of people diagnosed with this infection were female, accounting for 4,512 of the 6,634 total reported cases for that month. About 82% of those diagnosed were between the ages of 15-29, and nearly half of those cases were reported in those between the ages of 20-24.
Between 2014 and 2018, the CDC reported a 55% increase in reported gonorrhea cases in Florida. This trend is reflected in Jacksonville, which saw the same percentage increase during the same time period. Among females in the city, there were 1,784 reported cases for a rate of 231.3 per 100,000 people. This infection is even more prevalent in males, with 2,270 diagnosed cases, or a rate of 309.4.
While syphilis affects a relatively small portion of the population compared to chlamydia and gonorrhea, it’s become increasingly prevalent in recent years. The CDC reported an increase from 270 cases in 2014 to 686 cases in 2018, a 154% increase. The rate of all stages of syphilis in this city is 45.6 per 100,000 people, which is a little lower than the statewide rate of 51.0.
In many cases, STDs have minor symptoms or no symptoms at all, making them easy to ignore. However, even STDs that don’t seem to be a big deal can lead to very serious health problems if left undetected and untreated. Infertility, bladder problems, certain types of cancer, cirrhosis, and reduced life expectancy are complications that may develop from common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. For those who are sexually active, regular STD screenings and early detection are essential to overall health. Fortunately, the Jacksonville area is home to several free and low-cost STD clinics that provide quick, reliable results.
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 Jacksonville 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:
The Duval County Department of Health offers several walk-in clinics where patients can receive a variety of medical services, including confidential STD testing. These clinics provide consultation services, exams, treatment, and education for those who think that they’ve been exposed to or have been diagnosed with an STD. Clinics also offer HIV testing and PrEP for patients at risk of getting HIV, as well as HIV and STD screenings for adolescents at local high schools. Clients without health insurance may be eligible for free services or a sliding fee scale, and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
515 West 6th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
Multiple Jacksonville locations
Jacksonville is home to a walk-in STD testing center that is operated by the Aids Healthcare Foundation. At this center, clients receive free testing for common STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and HPV. Specimens are collected through urine or blood samples or mouth or rectal swabs, and certified counselors are available to provide guidance through the process. Testing generally takes 30 minutes, though wait times may vary, and clients with positive results are notified by phone.
2 Shircliff Way, Suite #900
Jacksonville, FL 32204
APEL Health Services Center, Inc., is a local non-profit organization that was founded as an AIDS/HIV outreach program. It serves high-risk adults and adolescents in the inner city and offers an HIV/AIDS/Hep-C prevention program, a peer-based education program for adolescents and screening and testing for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and STDs. Treatment is provided for those who test positive for an STD. The clinic is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and walk-ins are welcome until 5:30 p.m.
728 Blanche Street, Suite #213
Jacksonville, FL 32204
ANY LAB TEST NOW has a Jacksonville walk-in location that provides clients with direct access to a wide array of lab tests, including affordable STD testing services. Clients may select a comprehensive panel that tests for all STDs or a basic panel that tests for those most common or tests for specific STDs. The center provides the doctor’s order for the lab tests, so those without health insurance or who have coverage with high deductibles can skip the doctor’s office, and tests are confidential, accurate, and generally take 15 minutes or less. Most test results are available within three days and may be mailed, faxed, or picked up directly from the center.
13133 Professional Drive, Suite #200
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Jacksonville Health Center, operated by Planned Parenthood, is a leading provider of STD testing, education, and referrals. STD testing may include urine tests, cheek swabs, blood tests, physical exams, or testing of sores. Depending on the type of tests, results may be available immediately or may take a few days to a few weeks to come back to the lab. The clinic also provides rapid testing for HIV, with results available in about 20 minutes. All testing is anonymous and confidential, and income-qualifying clients may receive STD testing for free or on a sliding fee scale.
5978 Powers Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32217