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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.
Surprise is part of Maricopa County and the greater Phoenix region. Of the three most reported STDs in Maricopa County, chlamydia cases dropped in 2020 after an increase in 2019, gonorrhea diagnoses went up for the second straight year, and syphilis infections rose after a drop in 2019.
Compared to other U.S. counties and independent cities, Maricopa County ranked third in the nation for its high number of chlamydia cases in 2019, which was up from fourth place in 2018. Between 2008 and 2018, the county saw chlamydia diagnoses increase nearly 74%. Cases rose another 7% in 2019 but dropped by more than 10% in 2020. Chlamydia infections are typically higher among women in Maricopa County. In 2020, female cases made up about 63% of the county’s total, while male cases accounted for more than 36%. Chlamydia diagnoses were most prevalent among young adults of both genders, aged 20 to 24.
Maricopa County also ranked third in the nation for its number of gonorrhea cases in 2019, up from fourth place in 2018. In the decade between 2008 and 2018, the county recorded an increase in gonorrhea infections of more than 260%. Gonorrhea diagnoses continued their upward trend in 2019, with an increase of more than 20%, followed by another spike of nearly 14% in 2020. Gonorrhea infections were highest among men in 2020, who made up about 60% of all cases countywide. Men aged 25 to 29 had the highest incidence of infection, but were closely followed by young men aged 20 to 24.
The number of primary and secondary syphilis infections in Maricopa County led to the county being ranked third nationwide for the second straight year. Following a steady increase in total syphilis cases in all stages between 2014 and 2018, Maricopa County recorded a drop of nearly 25% in 2019. However, syphilis infections went back up by nearly 12% in 2020. Men have traditionally had much higher numbers of syphilis diagnoses countywide. Male cases were four times more prevalent than female cases in 2020.
Although it may be scary to get STD testing, knowing your status allows you to receive treatment before any serious health issues arise or you pass an STD on to your partner(s). Many STDs have little to no symptoms at the beginning. Ensure you’re STD-free by visiting one of the free or low-cost STD testing clinics in Surprise and nearby Maricopa County communities.
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 Surprise 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:
The Maricopa County STD Clinic charges a low $20 fee for STD testing and treatment, including chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV. This is a walk-in clinic, so you don’t need an appointment, but you must register before 3 p.m. to receive testing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you can’t pay $20, you won’t be turned away. You can call for your test results Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1645 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Adelante Healthcare Surprise is open Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must register as a patient to be seen and make an appointment to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. You can also request hepatitis A and B vaccines. STD services are provided at a low cost, but the clinic does offer a sliding fee scale if you qualify. It also accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.
15351 West Bell Road
Surprise, AZ 85374
You can walk into FIT Health Care Clinic for STD testing on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. FIT accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, but also offers a lower cost cash-pay option if you’re uninsured. With the $90 Core 4 deal, you get HIV testing and chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea testing and treatment. You can also get rapid HIV testing for $50 or hepatitis C testing for $40.
300 West Clarendon Avenue, Suite 145
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Planned Parenthood’s Desert Sky Health Center provides low-cost HIV testing and syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea testing and treatment. You can also get free condoms and expedited partner therapy. Services are offered in English and Spanish. You may be eligible for a lower fee scale or state-funded program if you’re uninsured. You must make an appointment to be seen on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2020 North 75th Avenue, Suite 11
Phoenix, AZ 85035
The Southwest Center offers free, nonjudgmental HIV/STD testing at its clinic and off-site at various locations throughout the greater Phoenix area. STD testing includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, with results in three to five days. You must make an appointment to receive services on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The testing department isn’t open on the last Friday of each month. It offers services in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
1101 North Central Avenue, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85004