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Once you become sexually active, it’s a good idea to get regular STD testing. There are many options for free and confidential STD testing in Sacramento.
California has one of the highest rates of reported syphilis cases in the nation. The state also has more reported cases of chlamyidia and gonnorhea than the national average, making sexual health especially important for Sacramento residents. The good news is there are many options for free and confidential STD testing in Sacramento.
STD testing is available at many clinics around Sacramento. Harm Reduction Services doesn’t even require you to show an ID to receive services, all of which are always free and confidential. It also offers services through its mobile van, which travels around the Sacramento area. Golden Rule Services provides free, rapid HIV and HCV testing and One Community Health provides free, confidential testing for many STDs, including chlamydia and gonnorhea.
Sacramento Medical Center
Capitol Plaza Health Center
B Street Health Center
Fruitridge Health Center
North Highlands Health Center
Sacramento County Health Center
Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic
H Street Community Health Center
J Street Community Health Center
Amador Community Health Center
Hiram Johnson Community Health Center
Alhambra Community Health Center
Arden-Arcade Community Health Center
South Valley Community Health 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.
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:
Golden Rule Services offers free, confidential testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea via a urine-based test to community members in Sacramento County. It also performs free rapid HIV testing and rapid HCV testing. You can get your results in person, over the phone, or via email based on your preference. Other free services include harm reduction services, partner services, HIV/STD risk reduction support groups, HIV/AIDS education and prevention intervention, latex and polyurethane condom and lubricant distribution, individual counseling, and limited transportation to medical appointments. Due to COVID-19 the clinic is only accepting appointments, which can be scheduled by calling 916-427-4653.
4433 Florin Road, Suite 860 Sacramento CA 95823, 916-427-4653
Harm Reduction Services offer free, confidential chlamydia and gonorrhea testing, rapid HIV testing, and rapid hepatitis C testing at its office and through its mobile street outreach provided at various locations throughout the greater Sacramento area. To find out where the mobile van will be stopping next, call 916-247-2335. Other services include Safepoints Syringe Exchange, overdose prevention and response training, condom and lubricant distribution, and case management. A free clinic is held most Saturdays at the Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic with treatments provided by UC Davis medical students and supervised by a medical doctor. You don’t need to provide an ID to receive services, all of which are confidential and free of charge.
2800 Stockton Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95817, 916-456-4849
One Community Health is a private, nonprofit community health center serving the greater Sacramento area. It offers free or low cost, confidential testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV/STD testing. The clinic also offers PrEP and PEP as well as Partner Services. Appointments for testing are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The center also offers a range of medical, dental, and behavioral health services for a fee, and it has a full pharmacy and laboratory on-site. It accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and Covered California plans, and self-pay patients are charged on a sliding scale based on income and family size.
1500 21st Street Sacramento, CA 95811, 916-443-3299
Planned Parenthood has three Sacramento locations offering STD testing, treatment, and vaccines, including Sacramento Capitol Plaza Health Center on 10th Street, Sacramento B Street Health Center on 29th Street, and Sacramento-Fruitridge Health Center on Franklin Boulevard. Each clinic tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, plus bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, trichomoniasis, and HIV. Available STD prevention services include male and female condoms, dental dams, sex education, and HPV vaccines. Insurance may cover some STD testing and treatment, but even without insurance, anyone can get health care. Spanish translators are on-site, and interpretation of other languages is available by telephone.
1125 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95814, Multiple Sacramento locations, 916-444-7966
Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic is entirely donor-supported and operated by the nonprofit Sacramento Life Center. All services are free and confidential, including limited STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, with full STD testing referrals made at low-cost clinics. Urine samples are sent to accredited laboratories for testing. It also offers STD treatment and education, free pregnancy testing, and free ultrasounds. Appointments are limited by availability, with appointments taken by phone and online. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Translation services are available for any language.
2316 Bell Executive Lane Sacramento, CA 95825, 916-451-2273
WellSpace Health provides low-cost, confidential STD and HIV testing by appointment or on a walk-in basis at all WellSpace Health Immediate Care Centers. It also offers sexual health counseling, partner counseling and testing, and confidential partner notification training. Pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, and hepatitis C testing and treatment are also available. Immediate Care Centers are located at Alhambra Boulevard, Marconi Avenue, and Stockton Boulevard. Immediate care hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except at the Stockton Boulevard clinic, which closes at 6:00 p.m. Spanish translators are available at all three sites, with various other languages interpreted at each location.
2425 Alhambra Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95817, 916-737-5555