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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.
The most common STDs in Pittsburgh are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Combined, the number of reported cases of these STDs in 2018 increased by 6% over the number reported in 2014 and by 11% over the number reported in 2017.
The most common STD in Pittsburgh is chlamydia, a disease that was reported in 8,623 residents in 2018. This corresponds to a rate of 369.6 per 100,000 people, which is lower than both the U.S. rate of 539.9 and the Pennsylvania rate of 463.4. Of the reported cases in Pittsburgh, 5,443, or 63%, were diagnosed in females. This disease is most often found in females aged 20-24, with those in this age group accounting for 56% of chlamydia cases among females in the state in 2015.
The second most common STD in Pittsburgh is gonorrhea. In 2018, of Pennsylvania’s 15,887 reported cases, 2,629 were reported cases in Pittsburgh. In this city, gonorrhea is diagnosed in 112.7 people per 100,000, which is lower than the state rate of 124.1 and the national rate of 179.1. While Pittsburgh’s rate of gonorrhea appears to be relatively low, the number of reported cases increased by 11% between 2017 and 2018. Males were more likely than females to be diagnosed with this disease, accounting for 61% of the reported cases in 2018. Among females, the number of reported cases decreased by 27% between 2014 and 2018.
In 2018, there were 244 reported cases of all stages of syphilis in Pittsburgh, 91 of which were P&S syphilis. In Pittsburgh, P&S syphilis is primarily diagnosed in males, with just four cases diagnosed in females in 2018. Overall, the number of reported cases was 17% higher than the number reported in 2014 and 28% higher than the number reported in 2017. The rate of this disease in Pittsburgh is 3.9, compared to the national rate of 10.8 and the state rate of 6.2.
Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, and in most cases, these diseases are curable. Left untreated, however, STDs can be transmitted to other people and lead to serious complications, such as infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, increased risk of HIV, certain types of cancer, and early death. Fortunately, screening is more accessible than ever, even for those who have limited means or no health insurance coverage. Pittsburgh is home to several nonprofit, community-based organizations that provide free STD screening 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 available in Pittsburgh 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:
Central Outreach Wellness Center is a federally funded holistic health organization that offers PrEP and STD testing in the Pittsburgh region, with a focus on serving LGBTQAI clients with limited resources. Some STDs that the clinic provides screening for include hepatitis, syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Care is provided on a walk-in basis, or clients may make an appointment ahead of time for faster service. Most major health insurance plans are accepted, and free HIV and STD screenings are available to clients without health insurance.
127 Anderson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The Allegheny County Health Department operates an STD/HIV clinic that provides confidential care to clients aged 13 and over. Clients receive screening for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, genital warts, and trichomoniasis. Some results are available on the day of the testing, and other results are available to clients over the phone after 10 days. The clinic is open on weekdays, and care is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Language line services are available for a variety of languages, and an on-site interpreter can be scheduled with advanced notice.
1908 Wylie Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Women’s Choice Network provides a full array of reproductive health services to women, including pregnancy tests, sonograms, and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. All testing is free of charge and performed by a registered nurse. Those who test positive for an STD can receive treatment on-site. While services are available by appointment only, same-day appointments can be made by using the clinic’s online booking tool or by calling or texting the clinic. Clients are required to bring some form of ID to their appointment.
4615 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Multiple Pittsburgh locations
Allies for Health + Wellbeing is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides an array of services, including medical and behavioral support, PrEP and PEP, a food pantry, hepatitis C treatment, and STD counseling and testing. The clinic offers rapid testing for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis, with results available within 20 minutes. Results for chlamydia and gonorrhea are available in 5-7 days. All of their testing is provided free of charge. Clients who test positive can be treated on-site or receive a referral for another treatment provider. Due to COVID-19, testing is currently by appointment only. But in addition to weekday hours, testing on Wednesday evenings and Sundays are also available.
5913 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Birmingham Free Clinic is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing health services to underserved populations, including patients without health insurance. Some services that the clinic provides include primary and acute medical care, medication access, case management, and testing for STDs. All services are available at no cost to patients by volunteer doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. Care is provided by appointment and on a walk-in basis. Spanish interpreters are available on Monday evenings, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and Saturday mornings.
44 S. 9th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Adagio Health provides general and reproductive care, including adult immunizations, basic health screenings, tobacco cessation programs, birth control, basic infertility services, and HIV/STD testing and treatment. Testing is simple and quick, and while the center focuses primarily on women’s health care, STD screening is provided to both men and women. Clients without health insurance may qualify for free testing. To schedule an appointment, clients must call the clinic during operating hours or use the online booking tool.
603 Stanwix St., Ste. #500
Pittsburgh, PA 15222