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STDs are a common concern, but testing and treatment isn’t hard to find. There are many clinics around the Sterling area that offer free and confidential STD testing and treatment.
Virginia has more reported chlamyida cases than the national average, making it especially important to get tested if you’re worried you may have an STD. While the state is below the national average in terms of reported gonnorhea and syphilis cases, it’s still a good idea to get tested for these, too. And since STD testing is free and confidential at many nearby clinics, there’s no reason not to get tested.
STD testing is available near Sterling to all teens and adults, with teen programs offered at locations like the Brentwood Health Center clinic operated by Unity Health Care. Language services are available, including ASL interpreting, at the Whitman-Walker Health clinic. Clinics like the Gaithersburg Center, operated by Planned Parenthood, accept many major health insurance plans, but you can also get confidential testing without insurance.
Inova Juniper Program
Herndon Family Medicine
Fairfax County Health Department
Loudoun County Health Department
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:
Brentwood Health Center is operated by Unity Health Care, a nonprofit organization that services health needs in the area through more than 20 traditional and nontraditional health centers. Its Brentwood Health Center, located a little less than 30 miles from Sterling in Washington, DC, has a Teen and Young Adult Services program for adolescents and young adults 13 to 21. This program provides a variety of confidential services, including substance abuse screening and treatment, birth control, and STD and HIV testing and treatment. Appointments are recommended but not required, and the clinic is open on Monday through Saturday.
1251-B Saratoga Avenue NE Washington, DC 20018, 202-469-4699
Gaithersburg Center, operated by Planned Parenthood, is in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which is situated about 35 miles north of Sterling. This nonprofit organization provides an array of reproductive health services, such as wellness visits for men and women, LGBT services, and STD testing and treatment. You can be treated for many STDs, including chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. STD results are available within a few days or a few weeks, depending on the test. Appointments are available in-person or online throught the clinic’s telehealth services. The clinic accepts Medicaid and most major medical insurance plans, and it has a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients.
19650 Clubhouse Road, #101 Gaithersburg, MD 20886, 301-208-1300
HealthWorks for Northern Virginia is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide array of health care services for area residents, including medical, dental, and behavioral health. Along with services, such as employment and sports physicals and minor in-office procedures, the clinic diagnoses and treats common STDs. It accepts most major health insurance plans, and discounted fees are available to those without health insurance. Services are provided regardless your ability to pay. Appointments, which can be made over the phone, are required for services.
1141 Elden Street, Third Floor Herndon, VA 20170, 703-443-2000
Loudoun County Health and Human Services provides confidential STD testing and treatment at its Shenandoah Building, which is about 12 miles to the northwest of Sterling. In addition to receiving testing for STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, county residents can also receive the HPV vaccine. Appointments are required for services and can be made by calling the clinic.
102 Heritage Way NE, First Floor Leesburg, VA 20176, 703-777-0236
Whitman-Walker Health offers affirming community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. The clinic empowers all persons to live healthy, love openly, and achieve equality and inclusion – offering medical care, gender affirming care, behavioral health, dental health, legal services and more. HIV/STI testing is available at Whitman-Walker at LIZ, at 1377 R Street, NW, and Whitman-Walker’s Max Robinson Center, at 2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE, by appointment. All testing, counseling, and referral services are confidential and provided free of charge, although donations are welcome. Language services are available, including ASL interpreting.
1377 R Street, NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20009, 202-745-7000