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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.
The three most common STDs in Sterling are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In Loudoun County, chlamydia and gonorrhea were disclosed at a higher frequency in 2018 than in 2017, but the overall syphilis rate decreased.
The number of chlamydia cases in Virginia has steadily risen, increasing from 36,048 documented cases in 2014 to 42,965 in 2018. The number of disclosed cases in the Sterling region rose at a similar pace during this time frame. In 2014, there were 611 reported incidences of chlamydia in Loudoun County, which accounted for about 1.7% of cases in the state. In 2018, there were 905 diagnosed cases, which made up 2.1% of the total number in Virginia. Statewide, chlamydia is considerably more common in females. In 2018, females accounted for about 65% of the total number of chlamydia diagnoses in Virginia.
Among nearly every age demographic, the rate of gonorrhea increased between 2014 and 2018. In 2014, gonorrhea was reported in Virginians at a frequency of 99.1 disclosed cases for every 100,000 people. In 2018, this increased by 50% to 148.7. During this time frame, the number of disclosed cases in Loudoun County increased significantly, going from 61 incidences in 2014 to 121 in 2018. Statewide, the rate varies widely depending on age, with a disproportionate number of incidences reported in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29. Those aged 20-24 are most frequently diagnosed with gonorrhea. For every 100,000 people in this age bracket, 620.3 were diagnosed with gonorrhea in 2018.
There were eight disclosed cases of primary and secondary syphilis in Loudoun County in 2018, which corresponds with a frequency of two cases per 100,000 residents. This is considerably less than the number of cases disclosed in the county in 2017 and slightly more than 2014’s figure. Statewide, the number of documented cases increased by 31% between 2017 and 2018 and by 143% between 2014 and 2018. Men are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with this disease and accounted for 88% of incidences statewide in 2018.
The majority of people with STDs don’t experience any symptoms, making it difficult to know if treatment is needed. Unfortunately, bacterial STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, are unlikely to go away without antibiotic treatment. Long-term, these STDs can cause serious health problems, including loss of vision, infertility and sterility, certain types of cancer, and a greater chance of contracting HIV. The CDC recommends that everyone who is sexually active be screened for STDs at least once in their lifetime or more often, depending on their risk factors. Early STD detection and treatment is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and Sterling residents have access to several nearby clinics that provide affordable options for STD services.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Sterling that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
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. Clients are encouraged to fill out a form outlining their sexual history prior to their appointment.
102 Heritage Way NE, First Floor
Leesburg, VA 20176
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 of a patient’s ability to pay. Appointments, which can be made over the phone, are required for services.
1141 Elden Street, Third Floor
Herndon, VA 20170
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. Some STDs that patients can be treated for include chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. STD results are available within a few days or a few weeks, depending on the test. The clinic accepts Medicaid and most major medical insurance plans, and it has a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients.
19650 Clubhouse Road, Suite 101
Gaithersburg, MD 20886
Brentwood Health Center is operated by Unity Health Care, a nonprofit organization that services health needs in the area through 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 aged 13-21. 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 Wednesday afternoons.
1251-B Saratoga Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20018
Whitman-Walker Health offers affirming community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. They empower 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. Language services are available, including ASL interpreting.
1377 R Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009