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West Turlock Center
Ceres - East
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.
Turlock is the second-largest city in Stanislaus County after Modesto, which is 14 miles northwest. Like California overall, Stanislaus County has seen steady increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis infections. Gonorrhea cases have risen much slower in the county than in other areas of the state.
Stanislaus County recorded almost 3,000 chlamydia cases in 2018, up from about 2,500 in 2017, resulting in an infection rate of over 525 per 100,000 residents. These new numbers indicate an increase of 15% over the previous year and a 30% rise since 2014 despite a dip in 2016. Stanislaus ranked 23rd for incidence rates of chlamydia among California counties and selected city health jurisdictions. Most of these cases were among women. Female cases totaled more than 2,000 in 2018, up from just over 1,750 in 2017. Nearly 62% of these diagnoses involved young females aged 15 to 24. Comparatively, there were more than 850 male cases, up from just over 750 in 2017, accounting for almost 30% of total cases. Nearly 50% of these involved young men aged 15 to 24.
Gonorrhea infections in Stanislaus County took a relatively large leap to more than 825 in 2018, up from 770 in 2017, after seeing a slower rise in cases over the last five years compared to other areas of California. Infection rates dropped from 769 in 2014 to 750 in 2015, and unlike many areas, Stanislaus County documented a less than 8% increase in gonorrhea cases between 2014 and 2018. The county ranked 25th compared to other California counties and selected city health jurisdictions. Males accounted for over 50% of all reports in 2018, with more than 450 recorded infections, up from about 430 in 2017. Female cases, which had increased by 35 from 2017, represented close to 45% of all gonorrhea infections in 2018.
Stanislaus County saw a significant increase in syphilis cases during 2018. The county ranked 9th for primary and secondary syphilis incidence rates, 10th for early non-primary, non-secondary syphilis, sixth for total early syphilis, and eighth for congenital syphilis with 13 documented infections among infants. Primary and secondary syphilis infections increased by almost 50 in 2018, a more than 35% increase for the year and an over 120% increase since 2014. Cases among men have historically been higher, with 107 male cases in 2018, up from 90 in 2017, accounting for over 60% of all syphilis diagnoses. However, women are reporting syphilis at greater rates, almost doubling from 2017 to 2018, with over 60 recorded infections. This is a more than 90% increase in a single year and over a 225% increase since 2014.
Left untreated, even curable STDs can cause long-term harm to your body, including negatively impacting your fertility, vision, organs, cancer risk, and life expectancy. If you’re sexually active, it’s important to your overall health and your sexual partners to know your STD status. Get tested at one of the free or low-cost resources available in Turlock or the surrounding Stanislaus 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 in Turlock 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:
Planned Parenthood operates the Modesto Health Center, providing low-cost HIV testing and chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis testing and treatment. It also administers HPV vaccines and dispenses dental dams and male and female condoms. You may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program to cover fees based on your household income. Services are provided in English and Spanish. The center accepts walk-in patients on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1431 McHenry Avenue, Suite 100
Modesto, CA 95350
The Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center offers confidential HIV and STD testing and treatment for men and women in the local community. Screening options include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and C, and conventional blood HIV tests. All its services are free of charge. Appointments are required, and you can make them during business hours, which are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
134 Regis Street
Turlock, CA 95382
Golden Valley Health Centers’ Turlock Olive Avenue location offers low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and conventional blood HIV testing with on-site laboratory services. It also provides HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. GVHC accepts Medicaid, Medi-Cal, and private insurance and has a sliding fee scale with significant discounts based on your income and family size. Appointments are required during clinic hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1141 North Olive Avenue
Turlock, CA 95382
Multiple Turlock locations
The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency in Modesto offers free, anonymous rapid HIV testing and confidential chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis testing to Stanislaus County residents. It also provides family planning services, an AIDS drug assistance program, partner services, referrals, county-specific HIV/AIDS supportive services, and PrEP for uninsured individuals. STD/HIV testing is available on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., with walk-ins welcome up to 30 minutes before closing.
820 Scenic Drive
Modesto, CA 95350
Multiple Stanislaus County locations
Livingston Community Health performs HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and TB testing with a sliding fee scale available if you’re uninsured. It also offers hepatitis A vaccines, HIV counseling, STD treatment, and HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention education. Services are provided in English and Spanish, and you can request a same-day appointment. LCH accepts all major insurance plans but provides care to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1140 Main Street
Livingston, California 95334