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If you’re concerned with your sexual health and live in New Haven, Conn., many STD testing locations offer walk-in appointments to test for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and more. The options are also safe and confidential.
While the overall incidence for STDs in Connecticut ranks lower than the national average, New Haven ranks second in the state in both chlamydia and gonorrhea cases per 100,000 people, so staying on top of your health if you live in the area will benefit you and your partner.
The New Haven area offers you 14 testing STD testing providers, many with multiple locations and all of which are free or low-cost, making it easier to get tested. Yale University features free or low-cost testing chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C and more. For education and counseling in addition to testing, you can go to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England for help. Health Care Advocates International focuses on the sexual health needs of the LGBTQ community.
Central Medical Unit
Columbas Avenue Clinic
Womens Health and Family Care
Trolley Square Clinic
Health Programs Division
New Haven Center
Community Health Care Van
AIDS Care Program
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:
Planned Parenthood offers you advice, testing, and treatment for various conditions, including sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, genital warts, syphilis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Apart from testing and treatment, the organization provides you with sex education and counseling. You can get walk-in service, but the center prefers that you make an appointment to minimize delays. A telehealth service is also available. The New Haven clinic is open Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
345 Whitney Ave. New Haven, Conn. 06511, Multiple locations in surrounding areas, 203-503-0450
Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center operates several clinics throughout New Haven. You can make appointments, and walk-in service is available. STD testing and treatment are available for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. The clinic is open from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon. The clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center, and fees are charged on a sliding scale, depending upon your income and circumstances. Medical insurance is accepted.
428 Columbus Ave. New Haven, Conn. 06519, Multiple New Haven locations, 203-503-3000
Fair Haven Community Health Care operates a number of clinics in and around New Haven. With its roots as a part of the Latin American Alliance, Fair Haven welcomes you regardless of your background, culture, and spoken language. The clinics offer you a full range of services, including women’s health care and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Fair Haven accepts most health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. Clinic hours vary by location and extend into the evenings, but patients need to make an appointment.
374 Grand Ave. New Haven, Conn. 06513, Multiple New Haven locations, 203-777-7411
Anchor Health is a nonprofit LBGTQ health clinic offering private and non-judgmental treatment. STDs tested for and treated include chlamydia, syphilis, genital warts, gonorrhea, and herpes. The clinic does not accept walk-ins, so you need to make an appointment. The clinic operates Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Thursdays between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and the clinic accepts most medical insurance plans.
2200 Whitney Ave., Suite 290 Hamden, Conn. 06518, 203-903-8308
Located in the neighboring community of Stratford, Health Care Advocates focuses on treating HIV, STDs, and related illnesses. You can be tested for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, and hepatitis. The clinic also offers you full health care services, and counseling on safe sex. The organization focuses on the needs of the LBGTQ community, and those with AIDS. Appointments are necessary and office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
2595 Main St., Second Floor Stratford, Conn. 06615, 203-345-0404