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You can get STD testing in Jersey City with or without insurance. Testing is confidential and available to anyone age 13 or older, with translation services and weekend hours available at some clinics.
According to the CDC, there were almost 37,600 new cases of chlamydia in New Jersey in 2019 alone. State residents also reported more than 9,600 new cases of gonorrhea that year. With new STD cases occurring every year, it’s important to protect your sexual health through regular STD testing.
Alliance Community Healthcare provides free HIV and hepatitis C testing and offers a sliding fee scale for other STD tests if you’re uninsured. You may qualify for free STD testing at Apicha Community Health Center, or the center also provides a sliding fee scale if you’re self-paying. Jersey City Medical Center provides free, confidential HIV/STD testing if you’re aged 13 or older, with services offered in English and Spanish.NHCAC’s Jersey City Health Center offers same-day appointments for low-cost STD testing.
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:
Alliance Community Healthcare offers a sliding fee scale if you don’t have insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare to cover your services. You can get free HIV and hepatitis C testing; low-cost chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing and treatment; and HPV vaccines. You must make an appointment to be seen Mondays through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
115 Christopher Columbus Drive, Suites 100 and 101 Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-451-6300
Apicha Community Health Center offers in-person HIV/STD testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must schedule an appointment to receive HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, and hepatitis B and C testing. A sliding fee scale applies if you’re eligible, but the clinic also takes major insurance plans, including Medicaid. You may qualify for a free HIV self-test, and HIV/STD testing may be offered for free or at a low cost, and you may receive PrEP services if you’re uninsured.
400 Broadway New York, NY 10013, 212-334-6029 or 866-274-2429
The JC City Clinic provides free HIV/STD testing and treatment if you have a picture ID proving you’re a resident of Jersey City. You can get HIV screening and referrals and gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia testing and treatment. The clinic sees patients aged 13 or older by appointment only on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City Hall Annex One Jackson Square Jersey City, NJ 07305, 201-547-5535
ersey City Medical Center provides free, confidential HIV/STD testing if you’re aged 13 or older. Services are offered in English and Spanish, including HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing, and hepatitis C treatment. Some services have a low-cost fee, but there’s a sliding scale if you don’t have Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance. You must schedule an appointment to be seen on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1825 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07305, 201-204-0004
NHCAC’s Jersey City Health Center provides low-cost testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis. You can schedule a confidential appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Same-day appointments are available. You can also get hepatitis A and B vaccines. The clinic accepts private insurance and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale if you don’t have insurance.
324 Palisade Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07306, 201-210-0200