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You can find confidential and free STD testing in and around Santa Ana. With clinics serving youth as young as 13 and all sexual orientations, you can trust you’ll get non-discriminatory testing.
There were more than 236,700 new cases of chlamydia and more than 80,000 new cases of gonorrhea in California in 2019. The state also had the fourth-highest rate of new primary and secondary syphilis cases per capita that year. To stay proactive in protecting your sexual health, you should consider regular STD testing if you’re sexually active.
AltaMed Medical Group offers on-site STD testing, or you can get at-home HIV tests if you suspect you’ve been exposed to HIV, but you’re not comfortable with a physical exam. LGBTQ Center Orange County provides free on-site STD testing. The LGBTQ Center Orange County is within walking distance of Santa Ana and offers free and confidential HIV testing and STD testing. The Orange County Health Department STD Clinic offers a comprehensive range of sexual health services by appointment or on a walk-in basis if you need urgent STD testing.
Santa Ana Bristol
Orange County Office
Garden Grove Health Center
Anaheim Health Center One
Stanton Health Center
Kenneth Horwitz MD
17th Street Testing and Treatment
Santa Ana Health Center
Orange Health Center
Costa Mesa Health Center
Anaheim Health Center
Westminster Health Center
Garden Grove 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 AltaMed Medical Group provides access to STD screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in Los Angeles to anyone aged 13 or over. In addition to on-site testing, you can also access at-home HIV tests if you suspect you’ve been exposed to HIV, but you’re not comfortable with a physical exam. PPrEP and PEP are offered as part of the clinic’s HIV prevention options. Treatment for the most common sexually transmitted diseases is provided through the in-house pharmacy. You can either make an appointment or walk in during the center’s business hours. Various insurance plans are accepted here; if you’re not currently insured, AltaMed offers separate health plans that fit your family and budget needs.
5427 Whittier Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90022, (323) 869-5448
Located within walking distance of downtown Santa Ana, the LGBTQ Center Orange County specializes in a wide range of sexual health services. STI and HIV testing are provided free of charge by the staff on duty. You can also access mental health and emotional wellness services, which include risk-reduction counseling and sexual education. Resource referrals for PEP and PrEP, as well as free condoms, are available on request.
1605 North Spurgeon Street Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714-953-5428
The Obria Medical Clinic in Santa Ana offers screening for most sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. The clinic also provides helpful information about STDs, common symptoms, and various resources on its website. Additional services, such as contraception, ultrasounds, and cervical cancer screenings, are also available.
2001 East First Street, Suite 209 Santa Ana, CA 92705, 714-516-9045
Operated by the Orange County Health Department, the STD clinic offers Santa Ana residents a comprehensive range of sexual health services. Whether you’re currently experiencing STD symptoms, you’ve been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, or just want to get tested preventively, you can access STD screening, diagnosis, and treatment at the clinic. The staff can also provide PrEP, PEP, HIV testing, and diagnosis. While you’re encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time wherever possible, you can also walk in if you require urgent STD testing or emergency contraception.
1725 West 17th Street, Suite 101F Santa Ana, CA 92706, 714-834-8787
Located east of the city center, the Santa Ana Health Center provides STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. The center operates on both appointment and walk-in bases depending on availability, so you can access emergency STD testing when needed. You can also receive counseling and advice on protecting yourself during sex, ways to reduce your STD risk, and common STD symptoms. It accepts various types of insurance, including Medi-Cal, but if you’re uninsured and on a low income, you might be able to get the cost covered by a state-funded program or a lower fee scale.
1421 East 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92705, 714-922-4100