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You have options for getting STD tests in Santa Cruz. Learn about convenient local testing for common STDs at a lab, clinic, or at home. And if you need financial help, find out about low-cost or free STD testing near you.

STD Testing in Santa Cruz, California

STD testing is available at many clinics around Santa Cruz. You don’t need insurance or an appointment to get tested at some locations.

Hundreds of thousands of new cases of chlamydia are reported each year in California. The state also has high levels of gonorrhea and the fourth highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis in the nation. If you live in California, it’s important to get regular STD testing to protect your sexual health.

You can get low-cost or free STD testing at the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Santa Cruz Health Center drop-in STD clinic. You don’t need health insurance to get tested at Planned Parenthood in the Westside Health Center.

Find an STD Testing Location in Santa Cruz, California

STD Testing Options in Santa Cruz, California

Choose the STD testing option you’re most comfortable with:

  • Private clinic: Your primary care physician or OB-GYN can order STD tests.
  • Local lab: Some labs offer direct testing without a doctor’s orders.
  • Community clinic: A community clinic, such as city or county clinics, or nonprofit organizations may offer STD testing. Some offer STD tests for free or low cost.
  • At home: You can test for STDs at home using a kit and send your sample to a lab for analysis.

When to Get Tested for STDs

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.

What Will Be Tested in an STD Panel?

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:

How Much Will STD Testing Cost in Santa Cruz, California?

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.

Do I Need an Appointment for Testing in Santa Cruz, California?

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.

How Fast Will I Get My Test Results in Santa Cruz, California?

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 STD Testing Centers in Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, California BadgeCommunity-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:


Dignity Health

Dignity Health provides STD testing and treatment at its Santa Cruz locations. The Dominican location on Mission Street is open Monday through Friday.

2018 Mission St
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 706-2220


Planned Parenthood Mar Monte – Westside Health Center

Planned Parenthood operates out of the Westside Health Center, where you can get STD testing with or without health insurance. The center is open Monday through Friday.

1119 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 426-5550


Santa Cruz Community Health – Womens Health Center

Santa Cruz Community Health provides on-site STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, as well as HIV. You can also get a hepatitis A or B vaccine. The Women’s Health Center is open Monday through Friday.

250 Locust St
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 427-3500


Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency runs the Santa Cruz Health Center, which has a drop-in sexual health clinic on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. You can get low-cost or free STD testing at the clinic, along with treatment and other sexual health services.

1080 Emeline Ave
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 454-4100


Sutter Health – West Side Center

Sutter Health provides on-site testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV at its West Side Center. You can also get conventional HIV testing at the Center, which is open Monday through Friday.

1301 Mission St
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 458-6300

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