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You can find free or low-cost STD testing at many health clinics in and around Temecula.
California experienced the fourth-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis and the sixth-highest rate of congenital syphilis in the nation in 2019. With more than 236,700 new cases of chlamydia and more than 80,300 new cases of gonorrhea also reported that year.
Lake Elsinore Family Care Center provides services to community members who are uninsured, underinsured, or underserved, including confidential STD testing for anyone aged 12 or over. All STD and HIV services are confidential at The Riverside County Department of Public Health’s Vista clinic.
Temecula Healthcare Center
Pechanga Indian Health 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.a While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
Lake Elsinore Family Care Center is a community-based healthcare provider in Lake Elsinore, about 15 miles from Temecula that provides services to community members who are uninsured, underinsured, or underserved. It offers confidential STD testing for patients aged 12 and over. The visit includes an exam based on your symptoms, and most STDs are diagnosed using a urine or blood specimen. If you test positive, you’ll be given medication to treat the STD and counseling on protecting against future infections. The clinic has a sliding fee discount program, including those with health insurance, to pay only 20% to 80% of the cost of most services.
2499 East Lakeshore Drive Lake Elsinore, CA 92530, 951-471-4200
Neighborhood Healthcare is a private, nonprofit organization that provides an array of medical, lab, prenatal, and primary care services for little or no cost. Its Temecula campus offers confidential STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis A and B, syphilis, and HIV. In addition to health care services, the clinic provides free enrollment assistance services for uninsured patients who qualify for Medicaid. You may be seen on a walk-in basis but are encouraged to make appointments by calling the clinic or accessing its online booking tool. The clinic is open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the staff speaks English and Spanish.
41840 Enterprise Circle North Temecula, CA 92590, 951-225-6400
The Pechanga Indian Health Clinic, which Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health Incorporated operates, is a community clinic that offers a variety of health care services to Native Americans and their spouses residing in Riverside County. This community-based organization provides STD testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, as well as vaccines for hepatitis A and B. In most cases, services are provided at no charge, but you must provide information for Medicaid or private insurance coverage. The clinic is open on weekdays, and appointments are necessary for services and can be made over the phone.
47001 Pala Rd. Temecula CA 92592, (951) 676-6810
The Riverside County Department of Public Health operates an HIV/STD program at Vista Community Clinic in Lake Elsinore to help county residents prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs. All STD and HIV services are confidential and include testing, treatment, and follow-up. Medi-Cal and private insurance are accepted, and low-income patients’ fees are based on their ability to pay, as determined by an income-based sliding fee schedule. To schedule an appointment, you should call the clinic directly.
30195 Fraser Drive Lake Elsinore, CA 92530, 844-308-5003