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Don’t wait to get tested if you think you might have been exposed to an STD or experiencing common symptoms. Your sexual health is personal, and there are confidential resources near you where you can get STD screening, treatment, and confidential partner notification to help prevent the spread.
California has the fourth-highest rate of syphilis in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 STD Surveillance State Ranking report. It has the sixth-highest rate of congenital syphilis and ranks No. 15 for chlamydia and No. 18 for gonorrhea.
You can access a range of low-cost and free STD services in San Jose, CA. Two Planned Parenthood clinics offer walk-in and by-appointment STD testing, treatment, and prevention services, along with providing interpreters if necessary. The San Jose Central Health Center provides STD services regardless of your ability to pay.
Saint James Health Center
Gardner Downtown Health Center
Gardner Health Center
CompreCare Health Center
Alviso Health Center
Family Health Center at OConnor Hospital
Silver Creek Clinic
San Jose Clinic-1715 Lundy
San Jose-1870 Lundy Clinic
San Jose Health Center
Mar Monte Community Clinic
Eastside Health Center
Blossom Hill Health Center
South Bay Clinic
The Crane Center
Stanford Teen and Young Adult Clinic
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 Crane Center is operated by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and it offers STD and HIV testing. HIV and hepatitis C testing is free, while STD screenings for infections, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, cost $40 for adults and $5 for adolescents aged 12 to 17. Appointments are necessary, and the center is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The Crane Center also provides HIV pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis for a similar fee.
76 Lenzen Avenue, Number 1800 San Jose, CA 95126, 408-792-3720
The HIV Prevention Program H.O.P.E By AACI provides free rapid HIV testing. The results are processed and available in about 20 minutes, and you can ask that results are kept confidential and anonymous. If you have questions or concerns, AACI offers in-person and online counseling. HIV counseling and testing are available in English and Spanish. AACI’s H.O.P.E program also provides free PrEP/PEP assistance for everyone regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.
749 Story Rd., Suite 50 San Jose, CA 95122, 408-975-2730 Multiple Locations
A local branch of Planned Parenthood runs the San Jose Central Health Center. It offers HIV and STD testing, as well as treatment and vaccines. The staff’s primary languages are English, Tagalog, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Japanese, and interpreters are available. The center’s fees are assigned on a sliding scale, so costs are determined by your income. The center provides services whether or not you have health insurance, and you can get in-person or telehealth services.
1691 The Alameda San Jose, CA 95126, 408-287-7526
Roots Community Health Center provides STI, HIV, and hepatitis C testing for adults aged 18 and older. If the clinic’s schedule permits, they can see walk-ins, but making an appointment is a safer way to receive a test. Mental health services, including coaching, counseling, and support groups, are available to all clients. The clinic also prioritizes preventative health care and vaccinations for residents of San Jose and the surrounding area.
1898 The Alameda San Jose, CA 96126, 408-490-4710
Blossom Hill Health Center is another Planned Parenthood clinic in San Jose that provides sexual health services for metropolitan area members. The clinic’s fees are determined on a sliding scale, and tests are administered regardless of an individual’s insurance coverage. Besides HIV and STD testing, the Blossom Hill Health Center also provides emergency contraception on a walk-in basis during operating hours. For STD testing, the clinic recommends that you call to make an appointment. If you decide to walk in, they can take you on a first-come, first-served basis.
5440 Thornwood Drive San Jose, CA 95123, 408-281-9777