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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.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in Arizona, followed by gonorrhea and syphilis. Pima County, where Tucson is located, has some of the highest report cases for these STDs in the state.
In 2017, the rate of chlamydia in Arizona was 571 per 100,000 people, compared to the national rate of 529. There were 39,635 reported cases in the state in 2017, which is a 28% increase over the number reported in 2013. In Pima County, the rate is even higher at 653. This infection disproportionately affects those aged 15-29, and females consistently have higher rates of chlamydia than males. In 2017, the rate of chlamydia among females in the state was 759, while the rate among males was 379. Black and American Indian populations have the highest rates of chlamydia, followed by Hispanic, white, and Asian populations.
Arizona reported 12,514 cases of gonorrhea in 2017, which corresponds to a rate of 181 per 100,000 people, compared to the national rate of 172. Pima County reported the seventh-highest number of gonorrhea cases in the state and had a rate of 155. While this is lower than state and national rates, it’s an increase over the rate reported the year prior. Black and American Indian populations are once again disproportionately affected by this disease, and the majority of cases are reported in males. Among males, the rate of gonorrhea is 211 compared to 150 among females.
In Arizona, there were 1,564 new syphilis cases reported in 2017, 183 of which were reported in Pima County. This is 214% higher than the number of cases reported in Arizona in 2013 and nearly 30% higher than the number reported in 2016. The rate of new syphilis in Arizona in 2017 was 23 per 100,000 people, compared to the national rate of 20. About 80% of syphilis cases were reported in males, though the rate among females has steadily increased since 2013. In Arizona, there were 63 new syphilis cases reported in women. By 2017, that number had increased to 321. Males and females aged 20-39 were disproportionately affected by this disease, accounting for 65% of reported cases in the state.
While some STDs have painful or uncomfortable symptoms, many people who are infected have no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, STDs without symptoms are just as dangerous as those with symptoms and cause serious complications, such as infertility, birth defects, and certain types of cancers, when left untreated. STDs do not clear on their own, and regular testing is the only way for someone to know if they’ve contracted one. Tucson has several clinics that provide free or low-cost STD testing and treatment.
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 Tucson 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:
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. Clients are seen on a walk-in basis, and wait times vary based on the time of day. The clinic uses a sliding fee scale based on income, and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
1493 W. Commerce Ct.
Tucson, AZ 85746
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 for those who do not have symptoms of an STD. Those who have symptoms should call the clinic to schedule an appointment. The clinic also offers PrEP and PEP for those who have been exposed to HIV. It’s open on weekdays, except on university holidays.
1224 E. Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Margaret Sanger Health Center is a Planned Parenthood clinic that provides free and low-cost health and reproductive services to men and women. Some of the services the clinic offers include primary care for men and women, birth control and 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 to self-pay clients.
2255 N. Wyatt Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85712
The NextCare Urgent Care clinic provides physicals, x-rays, pediatrics, and a wide array of on-site lab testing services, including STD testing. Clients receive service on a walk-in basis or can check-in online for shorter wait times. Many staff members are bilingual or multilingual, and free telephone interpreting service is available. The clinic is 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.
6238 E. Pima St.
Tucson, AZ 85712