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STDs can be silent, or symptoms like abdominal pain or uncomfortable urination can be confused for other medical issues. Whether you think you’ve been exposed to an STD, are feeling some signs, or simply want peace of mind, there are free and low-cost screening resources in Tuscon, AZ.
According to the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 STD Surveillance State Ranking report, STDs are prevalent in Arizona. The state is No. 14 for chlamydia, No. 16 for gonorrhea, No. 6 for syphilis, and has the second-highest rate of congenital syphilis in the country.
You’re encouraged to take advantage of local STD testing. The Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Health Center provides interpreters, and The University of Arizona Campus Health Center serves students. You can also walk into one of six NextCare Urgent Care locations in Tucson.
Petersen HIV Clinic
5th Street Clinic
Congress Health Center
Northwest Health Center
El Pueblo Heath Center
Southwest Health Center
West Side Health Center
Keeling Health Center
Clinica Del Alma
Flowing Wells Health Center
Ellie Towne Health Center
Freedom Park Health Center
Wilmot Family Health Center
MHC Primary Care Health Center
Theresa Lee Public Health Center
Southern Arizona Regional Health Center
Three Points 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. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
Theresa Lee Public Health Center is a county-funded clinic that provides an array of sexual health services, including HIV testing and counseling, partner identification and treatment, and testing and treatment for STDs. The clinic is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and it’s closed from 12 to 1 p.m. You can be seen on a walk-in basis, though wait times vary. The clinic uses a sliding fee scale based on income, and no one is turned away due to the inability to pay.
1493 W. Commerce Ct., Tucson, AZ 85746, 520-724-7900
UA’s Campus Health Service provides care to UA students, UA employees, and some affiliates. It provides a wide array of services, including sports medicine, pharmacy services, vaccines, general medicine, and testing and treatment for STDs. Screening is provided on a walk-in basis if you do not have symptoms of an STD. If you are experiencing symptoms, call the clinic to schedule an appointment. The clinic also offers PrEP and PEP if you have been exposed to HIV. It’s open on weekdays, except on university holidays.
1224 E. Lowell St., Tucson, AZ 85721, 520-621-9202
Margaret Sanger Health Center is a Planned Parenthood clinic that provides free and low-cost health and reproductive services to men and women. The clinic’s services include primary care, birth control, emergency contraception, and testing and treatment for STDs. The clinic screens for the most common STDs in the Tucson region, including herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and genital warts. Test results are available by phone within a few days to a few weeks. Most health insurance plans are accepted, and a sliding fee schedule is available if you need financial assistance.
2255 N. Wyatt Dr., Tucson, AZ 85712, 520-408-7526
The NextCare Urgent Care clinics provide physicals, x-rays, pediatrics, and a wide array of on-site lab testing services, including STD testing. You receive service on a walk-in basis or can check-in online for shorter wait times. Many staff members are bilingual or multilingual, and a free telephone interpreting service is available. The clinics are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Most major health insurance plans are accepted, and discount programs are available for uninsured clients. There are six NextCare Urgent Care Clinics in Tuscon, including Pima St., N. Park Ave., E. Tucson Marketplace Blvd., N. Oracle Rd., S. Calle Santa Cruz, and E. Old Spanish Trail. Check the website for exact addresses and contact information.
6238 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ 85712, 520-290-0022