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You can get free or low-cost STD testing at many clinics in the San Pedro area. Even minors can get tested without parental consent. And while many clinics work with most insurance providers, you don’t need to be insured to get tested.
California ranks among the top 10 states with the highest levels of syphilis per capita. It has the fourth-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis and ranks sixth for congenital syphilis. It also has above-average levels of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases relative to the rest of the nation.
Harbor Community Health Centers provide low-cost health services, including STD testing and treatment, to low-income and uninsured people living in San Pedro and the surrounding Los Angeles and South Bay areas at multiple clinic locations. The LGBTQ Center Long Beach supplies free, confidential HIV and STD testing as well as one-on-one counseling. Minors can get tested at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services without parental consent. The Los Angeles County Public Health STD Clinics offers free STD testing but can bill your insurance upon request.
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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:
Harbor Community Health Centers provide low- and no-cost health services to low-income/uninsured residents in San Pedro and the surrounding Los Angeles and South Bay areas. Services include screening and treatment for chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It accepts Medicaid and private insurance and provides a sliding fee scale if you qualify. Services are available in English and Spanish and by appointment only. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
593 West 6th Street San Pedro, CA 90731, Multiple San Pedro locations, 310-547-0202
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach supplies free, confidential HIV tests and free STD screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The Center offers one-on-one counseling, and you can schedule an STD-related telehealth exam with a nurse practitioner for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. STD services are available to anyone in need. Testing is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2017 East 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814, (562) 434-4455
The Long Beach DHHS Sexual Health Clinic provides testing and treatment for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, HPV, genital warts, and trichomoniasis. Sexual health services are available to anyone aged 12 and older without parental consent. Service costs range from $25 to $90, but you may qualify for a sliding fee scale. The clinic also accepts private insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. Appointments are encouraged, but you may receive walk-in services subject to provider availability.
2525 Grand Avenue Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-570-4315
LA County Public Health STD clinics provide free, confidential STD screening and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C. Although no fees are charged, let the staff know if you’d like your insurance to be billed. STD clinics have a limited number of walk-in appointments available on the same day, so you should arrive as early as possible to improve your odds of securing a slot. PrEP services are available by appointment only. Clinic hours vary.
241 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90038, Multiple Los Angeles locations, 213-288-8204
The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers free rapid testing for HIV with results in less than a minute. The Center also provides free gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis testing with results in a week. If you test positive for HIV or any other STD, you can receive immediate treatment at the Center. If possible, call to schedule an appointment before coming. The Center’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2313 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90008, Multiple Los Angeles locations, 213-462-1468
Planned Parenthood provides testing and treatment for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis. It also offers HIV testing, hepatitis B vaccines, and condoms. You may qualify for a sliding fee scale and won’t be turned away if you can’t pay. Services are available in English and Spanish on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 5:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-in hours aren’t available on Thursdays.
2690 Pacific Avenue, Suite 370 Long Beach, CA 90806, 800-576-5544