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Staying healthy while sexually active requires regular STD testing. In Reno, you have many options for free and confidential STD testing, with results provided as early as the same day – sometimes within 15 minutes.
Nevada had the highest number of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases by population in the U.S. in 2019 with 808 reported cases or over 26 cases per 100,000 residents. The state didn’t have the highest rate of congenital syphilis, but ranked at fourth in the nation, it’s still a good idea to test for STDs if you live in the area. Reno also had above-average rates of reported chalmyida and gonorrhea cases.
Many STD testing sites offer free STD testing, education and prevention. Clinics like the Carson City Community Health Clinic offer same-day appointments, and others like Northern Nevada HOPES treat walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. You can get telehealth appointments through Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Most clinics offer free services or can bill your insurance if your plan offers coverage for STD services.
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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.
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:
The Carson City Community Health Clinic has an income-based fee schedule to ensure everyone can receive services. It offers private testing and treatment for STDs, with rapid HIV testing results in less than 15 minutes and all other test results available within a few days. The clinic also provides safe-sex kits and a nonjudgmental place to receive answers to sexual health questions. It schedules same- and next-day appointments during clinic hours from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with a later start time at 9:20 a.m. on Wednesdays. Appointments are also available one Saturday each month.
900 East Long Street Carson City, NV 89706, 775-887-2195
Northern Nevada HOPES is a nonprofit community health center in downtown Reno that provides free, confidential HIV and hepatitis C testing, as part of its Change Point program. HOPES performs chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. Testing involves a finger stick test that looks for antibodies in the blood and supplies results in 15 to 20 minutes. It also offers safer sex kits. Clinic hours for this program are Monday through Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with morning services also available from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you want to get tesed outside of these hours, you can contact HOPES directly or reach out to Washoe County Health Department. Testing is currently only provided by appointment. HCV and HIV rapid testing is free. STI Testing and PrEP require insurance or HOPES Sliding Fee Scale for those without insurance. First-come, first-served. If you prefer to schedule an appointment, please call 775-997-7519.
580 West 5th Street, Eastern Entrance Reno, NV 89503, 775-997-7519
Planned Parenthood operates out of the Fifth Street Health Center. City residents can receive testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, herpes, trichomoniasis, and genital warts, and testing for HIV. It also provides STD prevention services, including condoms, dental dams, HPV and hepatitis vaccines, and STD and safer sex education. Services are provided in-person or virtually through telehealth services. You can book an appointment online through their website. On-site Spanish interpretation and phone interpretation for other languages are available with advance notice. The center accepts insurance, Nevada State Medicaid, and Health Plan of Nevada.
455 West 5th Street Reno, NV 89503, 775-688-5555
Nevada Health Centers is a nonprofit organization and the largest provider of primary care for uninsured and underinsured individuals, plus geographically isolated people, throughout the state. It operates 18 health and seven women, infants, and children’s offices, as well as three mobile health programs. NHC offers STD testing at its Sierra Nevada Health Center. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome, with clinic hours from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed noon to 1:00 p.m.). It accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurance and offers a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured.
3325 Research Way Carson City, NV 89706, Multiple Nevada locations, 775-887-5140
The Washoe County Health District’s sexual health program offers screening, testing, and counseling for STDs, including HIV if you’re in a high-risk category. It also provides treatment and education about how to prevent HIV and STDs. Besides testing at its clinic, the program supplies free, confidential chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and rapid HIV testing throughout the community. HIV results are available in 20 minutes, and all others are available one week after testing is completed. Free testing is available, but the clinic may also bill your insurance depending on your provider. Testing locations, dates, and times vary, so you should call 775-328-2470 to schedule an appointment.
1001 East 9th Street, Building B Reno, NV 89512, 775-328-2470