Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
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.
Virginia Beach is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia and comprises its own health district within the Eastern Health Planning Region. Of the three most reported STDs in Virginia Beach, chlamydia and gonorrhea cases increased while the number of syphilis infections took a relatively significant tumble.
Chlamydia infections increased in the Eastern Region of Virginia by more than 9% in 2019 but only increased 8% in Virginia Beach. This marked the fifth consecutive year chlamydia cases rose in Virginia Beach, resulting in an infection rate of 704.3 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the state rate of 555.9. Virginia Beach accounted for about 19% of the Eastern Region’s total, where female cases were nearly double those of males, and the 20- to 29-year-old age group made up about 39% of all chlamydia diagnoses.
The Eastern Region had the highest number of gonorrhea diagnoses among Virginia’s five health regions in 2019, accounting for 40% of the state’s total. Gonorrhea infections among men comprised 53% of the Eastern Region’s total, while female cases accounted for about 46%. Young adults aged 20 to 24 once again had the most infections in 2019, and more than 33% of the region’s gonorrhea diagnoses occurred within this age group. Gonorrhea cases in Virginia Beach made up about 15% of the Eastern Region’s total. The city recorded an increase of nearly 23% in gonorrhea cases in 2019 after previously recording a drop of about 15% in 2018.
Early syphilis cases, which include early latent, primary, and secondary syphilis infections, were the only one of the three most prevalent STDs to go down statewide. While the Commonwealth of Virginia recorded a drop of about 4% in 2019, the Eastern Region reported a decrease of nearly 7%. However, it still recorded the highest number of early syphilis cases of all five health regions and accounted for more than 31% of the state’s total. Nearly 88% of the region’s syphilis infections were among men, and over 23% were documented in the 25 to 29 age group. The number of early syphilis diagnoses was also down in Virginia Beach, dropping more than 26% in 2019, marking the second consecutive year the city saw a decline in cases.
It’s essential to perform regular STD screening because many of the infections are asymptomatic at the beginning. STDs can cause serious health problems over time and make you more likely to contract other STDs, including HIV. Fortunately, many STDs can be cured while others can be managed with a doctor’s care. Ignore the stigma surrounding STDs and get tested at one of the free or low-cost STD testing facilities located in and around Virginia Beach.
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 Virginia Beach 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:
VDH’s Virginia Beach Department of Public Health provides confidential HIV testing, counseling, and education, as well as testing and treatment for the most common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis, and syphilis. Partner notification services are available if you test positive. The health department charges for STD services, but you may qualify for a sliding fee scale and won’t be turned away if you can’t pay. The clinic is open to anyone aged 14 or older on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Planned Parenthood’s Virginia Beach Health Center provides free condoms and HPV vaccines for $35. You can get chlamydia and gonorrhea testing for $102-$112. Please contact the clinic about pricing for HIV, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, and trichomoniasis testing, and STD treatments. Services may be covered by insurance, but ask about a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. Appointments are required. Services are provided in English and Spanish on Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
515 Newtown Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
The NDPH Clinic offers low-cost STD services with payment plans available, but you won’t be turned away if you can’t pay. Its Test & Go Clinic is held on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and provides gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B/C testing. You can also get free male/female condoms, counseling, and PrEP. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are sometimes accepted. Combined services are offered Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and STD testing only is held in the evening of the second Tuesday each month.
830 Southampton Avenue
Norfolk VA, 23510
The LGBT Life Center offers free STD testing to the public, including rapid HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis tests, and chlamydia and gonorrhea tests, with results in three to five business days. Other medical services are available at a low cost, and you can use private insurance and Medicaid if you have either. You can also enroll in the PrEP program if you’re uninsured. All services are by appointment only, with clinic hours Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
247 West 25th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
You can get free HIV and hepatitis C testing at CAN Community Health. It also provides low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing and treatment for HIV/STDs and/or linkage to care services. CAN Community Health accepts most insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. It also provides HIV prevention and education, PrEP services, support groups, telehealth services, and transportation to medical appointments. Walk-ins are welcome, and the clinic has Spanish-speaking staff members.
1001 Monticello Avenue, Suite 100
Norfolk, VA 23510