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Becky Johnson Community Center
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.
Redmond is a city in Deschutes County with an estimated population of about 32,400. Deschutes County is one of three counties that make up Central Oregon, along with Crook and Jefferson, and the three most reported and continually increasing STDs in all of them are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Deschutes County had the largest number of chlamydia cases in Central Oregon in 2017, but Jefferson County had the highest infection rate. In 2017, chlamydia infections in Deschutes County were significantly higher among women than men, and the incidence rate was significantly higher in the 18 to 19 age group than Oregon’s age-specific rates. In 2018, chlamydia cases in Deschutes County dropped by more than 11.5%, only to increase by 10.5% the following year. However, in 2019, Deschutes County’s chlamydia diagnoses comprised only about 3.5% of the state’s total.
Gonorrhea infection rates are higher among males than females in Deschutes County and across Oregon as a whole, except in Jefferson County, where the opposite is true. Despite Jefferson County’s heightened infections among the female population, about 55% of all gonorrhea cases within Central Oregon in 2017 were in men. Gonorrhea diagnoses in Deschutes County dropped nearly 14% in 2018, only to increase by 25% in 2019. However, the county represented just slightly more than 1% of the state’s total gonorrhea diagnoses in 2019 and had an infection rate that was less than one-quarter the rate of the state overall.
After Deschutes County recorded zero primary and secondary syphilis infections in 2013, its number of cases tripled in 2014 and more than doubled by 2017. In 2018, P&S syphilis diagnoses dropped by over 14% but were still double what they were in 2014. However, the infection rate was slightly less than double, likely due to the county’s growing population. P&S syphilis case numbers remained the same in 2019, but the infection rate dropped fractionally, again likely to a growing population. Deschutes County accounted for less than 1.5% of the state’s total P&S syphilis infections in 2019 and had an infection rate that was three times lower than the state’s overall rate.
If you have multiple partners and/or your partner(s) has multiple partners, you’re at a higher risk of contracting an STD. Still, anyone who has sex can have an STD and not even know it. Untreated STDs can cause serious harm to your body. Getting tested is the only way to know for certain, which is why many facilities in and around Redmond and Deschutes County offer free or low-cost STD testing.
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 Redmond 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:
Deschutes County’s Redmond Health Center at the Becky Johnson Center offers confidential HIV/STD testing and treatment for people of all genders aged 12 and older, and parental consent is not required. STD services include free HIV and hepatitis C tests and low-cost HPV vaccines and chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis tests. The health center takes private insurance and Oregon Health Plans and offers a generous sliding fee scale/payment plan if you’re uninsured. You can also get PrEP, even if you don’t have insurance. Appointments are required.
412 Southwest 8th Street
Redmond, Oregon 97736
541-617-4775 or 541-322-7499
Planned Parenthood’s Bend Health Center provides STD services by appointment, including same-day appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. Services include HIV testing; chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing and treatment; and condoms, among others. You may qualify for a state-funded program or lower fee scale if you’re uninsured. Center hours are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
2330 Northeast Division Street, Suite 7
Bend, OR 97703
Mosaic Pediatrics offers STD screening and treatment at its Redmond Clinic or one of two school-based health centers, which are open to the entire community. You can get STD services at the Lynch School-Based Health Center at 1314 Southwest Kalama Avenue, Monday through Friday, or the Redmond High School-Based Health Center at 675 Southwest Rimrock Way, Tuesday through Friday. Same-day, walk-in appointments are available at each location. Mosaic offers a sliding scale discount program whether you’re insured, underinsured, or uninsured.
1250 Southwest Veterans Way, Suite 120
Redmond, OR 97756
High Desert Women’s Care Clinic provides health care services to women of all ages. Services include STD testing and treatment, as well as other women’s health services and common primary care illnesses and conditions. The clinic accepts most insurance and offers a cash pay discount if you don’t have insurance. Appointments are required, but you typically can get a same-day appointment. High Desert is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1245 Northwest 4th Street, Suite 201
Redmond OR 97756
541-323-6274 or 541-323-6275
High Lakes offers primary and urgent care to patients of all ages at its Redmond location, including STD testing and treatment. It has an on-site laboratory for on-site diagnostics and rapid testing. Lab hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but the medical clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Same-day services are available with spots reservable online. High Lakes accepts most insurance, Medicaid Advantage, and Tricare, and it will develop a payment plan for you if you’re uninsured
1001 Northwest Canal Boulevard
Redmond, Oregon 97756