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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.
Madison is Wisconsin’s capital, the second-largest city by population after Milwaukee, and the seat of Dane County. Like the state overall, Dane County saw chlamydia and gonorrhea numbers rise over the last five years, but syphilis in all stages increased in 2018 and fell in 2019.
Chlamydia diagnoses in Dane County have steadily increased over the previous five years, but 2019 had the biggest surge in comparison. The 1,900 cases reported in 2014 rose to 2,717 in 2018, resulting in a rate of 563 per 100,000 residents. This number jumped to 3,162 in 2019, for a rate of 655. Diagnoses among women have been higher than men historically, which remained true in 2019, with 1,929 female cases accounting for 61% of the total and 1,222 male cases comprising 38.6%. Young adults aged 20-24 were the group with the highest infection rate, with 1,266 diagnoses translating to a rate of 2,772 and comprising 40% of all cases.
Gonorrhea case counts in Dane County rose from 399 cases in 2014, growing to 688 in 2018, resulting in a rate of 143 per 100,000 residents. Positive diagnoses took a major upswing in 2019, with 1,006 cases and a rate of 208 reported. Infections among men remained higher than among women, with 597 male cases making up 59.3% of the total and 403 female cases comprising 40.1%. There were 277 cases among young adults aged 20-24, translating to a rate of 607 and accounting for 27.5% of all reported infections. Adults aged 25-29 were the group with the second-highest incidence, with 218 cases comprising 21.7% of the total.
Syphilis cases in all stages decreased statewide from 547 in 2017 to 511 in 2018 but increased to 585 in 2019. Dane County saw the opposite, with 63 syphilis diagnoses in 2017 increasing to 86 in 2018, then decreasing to 62 in 2019. Diagnoses among men far outweighed those among women, with 53 male cases making up 85.5% of the total and 8 female cases comprising 12.9%. However, the age group with the highest rate of infection flipped. There were 21 cases among young adults aged 20-24 comprising 24.4% of the total cases in 2018, but this number dropped to 11 in 2019. Adults aged 25 to 29 took the lead, with 17 cases accounting for 27.4% of the total that year.
Untreated STDs can lead to fertility issues, particularly for women, and other serious health problems. Infected individuals can also pass STDs on to their partners, even when they aren’t experiencing any symptoms. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if an STD is present. Luckily, several resources in Madison provide free or low-cost STD testing and treatment.
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 Madison 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:
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin operates the Madison South Health Center to provide HIV testing and STD testing and treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, and genital warts. STD prevention services include STD/safer sex education, dental dams, and male and female condoms. Uninsured persons may qualify for a state-funded program or lower fee scale for services, which are available by appointment Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2222 South Park Street, Suite 210
Madison, WI 53713
Multiple Madison locations
The Public Health Madison and Dane County Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic provides STD testing and treatment for people of all ages, sexual orientations, and gender identities/expressions. Services are available by appointment only and include chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV testing. It also offers hepatitis A and B and HPV vaccines, focused exams for symptoms, and free condoms. Clinic hours are Mondays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2705 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Access Community Health Centers operate the William T. Evjue Clinic, offering STD screenings, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV testing. Patients must be Dane County residents. Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance are accepted, with a sliding scale offered for uninsured individuals. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ACHC also provides services at the Joyce and Marshall Erdman Clinic at 2202 South Park Street and the Wingra Family Medical Center at 1102 South Park Street.
3434 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Multiple Madison locations
The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics offer STD screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and C, and HIV. It also provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, PrEP navigation regardless of insurance status, reviews of other preventative measures, and treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. It accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, and provides a sliding scale for uninsured individuals. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
The Madison office of Vivent Health has a team of healthcare providers, prevention specialists, and pharmacists who create individualized plans to help prevent hepatitis, HIV, and other STDs. It offers free, confidential HIV testing, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and access to PrEP. Individuals may also qualify for free at-home HIV testing kits. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but appointments can be made outside these hours if necessary.
600 Williamson Street, Suite H
Madison, WI 53703