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Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District
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.
Warrenton is the seat of Fauquier County, located in the Northwest Region of Virginia and part of the Rappahannock/Rapidan Health District and the Washington, D.C., metro area. In the Virginia Department of Health’s 2019 STD Surveillance Report, Fauquier County and the Northwest Region had lower numbers than other parts of the state. Still, they saw increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis — the three most reported STDs in Virginia.
Compared to all other regions, Virginia’s Northwest Region had the lowest number of chlamydia cases in 2019. Of its over 5,000 cases, diagnoses among women accounted for about 66%. The age group with the highest incidence of infection was 20 to 24, about 40% of the total. Within this Region, the Rappahannock/Rapidan Health District had 498 chlamydia cases, which worked out to a 1.2% rate increase compared to the average annual rates of 2015 to 2018. In Fauquier County, chlamydia cases have seen ups and downs since 2015, including an increase from 164 in 2018 to 184 in 2019.
Virginia documented 13,607 gonorrhea infections in 2019. While only 26 were in Fauquier County, this number was more than triple the count in 2015. There were 76 cases in the Rappahannock/Rapidan Health District, which averages out to a 17.3% increase compared to the average annual rates of 2015-2018. Overall, the Northwest Region had over 1,000 gonorrhea diagnoses, with 57.5% of all cases occurring in men. Young adults aged 20 to 24 and those aged 25 to 29 counted for 28% and 24% of the total, respectively.
As in the nation overall, syphilis cases in all stages have been increasing each year in Virginia, but the state saw a drop in early syphilis diagnoses in 2019, 55 less than in 2018. In 2019, the Northwest Region had 92 early syphilis diagnoses, about 7% of the state’s total. Diagnoses were predominantly among men, making up more than 92% of total cases. There were only five early syphilis diagnoses in Fauquier County in 2019, but the county had zero in 2015.
You can have an STD without any apparent symptoms and still pass it on to your sexual partners. Ignoring an STD puts you at risk for long-term health issues, including infertility and organ failure or death. You also have a much greater risk of contracting HIV. The only way to find out for sure if you have an STD is through testing, so take advantage of these resources in and around Warrenton, offering free or low-cost STD tests.
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 Warrenton 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 Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District offers free or low-cost HIV, STD, and hepatitis testing services, depending on your income. You must bring proof of your household income and health insurance information to determine eligibility for discounted services. It also accepts Medicaid and Medicare. You can receive chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and conventional blood HIV testing. The health clinic also offers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
330 Hospital Drive
Warrenton, VA 20186
CVS MinuteClinic offers low-cost STD testing and accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurance. It sends urine or blood samples to an outside laboratory for testing, reviews test results, and provides treatment recommendations, which may include a prescription. You can request chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV testing. It also provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, but appointments are required. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
510 Blackwell Road
Warrenton, VA 20186
Planned Parenthood operates the Carol Whitehill Moses Center to serve Washington, D.C., metro area residents. You can receive testing and treatment for chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and trichomoniasis, but the clinic only provides testing for HIV. It also dispenses male/female condoms, dental dams, and HPV vaccines. Service is available in English and Spanish, and you’re welcome to walk in. Clinic hours are Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1225 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Us Helping Us is a nonprofit organization established in 1985 that serves underserved and marginalized populations in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. It offers free HIV and STD testing, including testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, and syphilis. Us Helping Us providers will also treat you for any STD you may have and work with you to ensure you won’t get it again, which includes offering PrEP education. Contact a Community Health Worker for assistance. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3636 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20010
Whitman-Walker at LIZ conducts HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C testing. It accepts insurance and has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. You can obtain PrEP medication from its pharmacy, and there’s a $150 fee for visits/blood tests. You must make an appointment. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Fridays from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1377 R Street NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20009