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STDs are on the rise in Virginia. To be confident of your own sexual health, take advantage of services from community health organizations focused on keeping you healthy through free and low-cost services.
Winchester is experiencing a surge in its caseload of chlamydia and gonorrhea, especially among those between the ages of 20 and 24. Though Virginia’s syphilis rate is lower than the national average, new diagnosis rates are rising.
If you need STD testing in Winchester, the Lord Fairfax Health District ‘s clinic provides appointment-based testing, treatment, and partner follow-up care every weekday. If you’re uninsured, the Sinclair Health Clinic just requires ID proof of residency and income status for free or low-cost STD testing and treatment, and it distributes free condoms and has an onsite pharmacy. If you live south of the city, the Warren County Clinic provides counseling and support services for STIs, including screenings and treatment.
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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:
ARE is a nonprofit organization that can help if you are struggling with mental illness, gender identify conflicts, or if you are at an increased risk of contracting the AIDS virus. The facility can provide you with free HIV and hepatitis C testing, with results in about 20 minutes, along with free test kits to take home if you prefer. ARE also supplies prophylactic treatment (PrEP) to help reduce your chance of HIV transmission, and condoms to help you prevent the spread of STDs. You can get tested at the Valley Avenue office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..
3034 Valley Avenue, Suite 100, Winchester, VA 26601, 540-536-5940
SCH has locations throughout Virginia and West Virginia, and each health center offers services to patients whether you have insurance, Medicaid, or no coverage at all. Fees are based on a sliding scale to match your income. You can schedule a routine physical and receive treatment and diagnoses for common medical conditions, including sexually transmitted infections, at the Winchester location, and telehealth services are also available if you want to discuss sexual health problems and STD prevention. SCH works through the Ryan White Outpatient Program to provide HIV case management support and free HIV testing. The Winchester location is open Monday Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1330 Amherst Street, Suite C, Winchester, VA 22601, 540-722-2369
Sinclair Health Clinic provides a variety of services to patients without insurance or who are on Medicaid, including STD testing and treatment. If you need free or low-cost care and you are a Virginia resident, you must complete an application showing I.D., proof of residency, and income status. The clinic also operates a pharmacy so you can get the medication you need if you test positive for an STD. You can also receive vaccines, pregnancy tests and prenatal care, and mental health services. Sinclair Health Clinic distributes free condoms to anyone, regardless of patient status. The pharmacy and the medical clinic are open Monday through Friday, during the day, and Tuesday evenings, and the clinic’s medical hours are Mondays and Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
301 North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601, 540-536-1680
If you are a Winchester resident who lives south of the city, you may prefer to visit the Warren County Clinic in Front Royal. All services are free or based on a sliding scale relative to your income level. The clinic can provide you with counseling and support services for sexually transmitted infections, including screenings and treatment. Partner follow-up options are available as well. The Warren County Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but call first to verify hours or schedule an appointment.
465 West 15th Street, Suite 200, Front Royal, VA 22630, 540-635-3159
Lord Fairfax Health District operates a clinic in Winchester/Frederick County. In addition to general medical services, you can go to the clinic for STD testing, treatment, and partner follow-up care. Pregnancy and HIV testing and vaccines are also available. Clinic hours for STD screenings are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break during lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments are required and can be scheduled over the phone.
10 Baker Street, Winchester, VA 22601, 540-722-3470