Free STD Testing in Puerto Rico

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are the most commonly reported notifiable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the US territory of Puerto Rico (PR). STD rates in PR have increased significantly over the past ten years. It is worth noting that the most common infectious disease in PR is often an STD.

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Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

19415 Deerfield Avenue Suite 115B, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Tel: 7037296732


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

3510 S Nova Rd Stes 109 & 110, Port Orange, Florida 32129

Tel: 3867885004


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

NeoMed Center

Free HIV Rapid Test, Medical care, medications, laboratories, nutritionist, Mental Health Services (psychologist, adults & child's psychiatric), gynecologist, health educator, medical case manager, and Social worker...

Carretera 941 Salida Bor Jaguas, Calle San Antonio Final, Gurabo, Puerto Rico 00778

Tel: (787) 737-2311


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment
  • • Primary Care

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Condom Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Proyecto ACTU

Clinical trial for HIV+, ZIKA prevention, and healthy volunteers.

Biomedical Bldg II, PR Medical Ctr 1st Fl Rm 100, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936

Tel: (787) 767-9192

Tel: (787) 767-9193


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • • Clinical Trials

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Coai Incorporated Aché TOP Oeste

Programa dirigido a Hombres que tienen Sexo con Hombres y Trabajadores Sexuales varones entre 18 y 49 años y que provienen de cualquiera de los pueblos que componen las regiones de salud de Mayagüez 10 pueblos; Mayagüez, Cabo Rojo, Añasco, San Germán, Lajas, Sabana Grande, Rincón, Hormigueros, Las...

164 Calle Mendez Vigo E, Oficina 102, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00680

Tel: (787) 832-7500


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Condom Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Estancia Corazon Incorporated

50 Calle Martinez Guasp , Esquina Pablo Casals, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00680

Tel: (787) 831-8366


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Estancia Corazon Incorporated

Edificio Casa de Salud, 4 Piso, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00680

Tel: (787) 833-4916

Tel: (787) 831-8366


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Puerto Rico

Every sexually active individual must protect their sexual health. Regular STD testing is the only way to care for your sexual health. However, sometimes it becomes confusing to select the right testing method as there are so many options available. For your convenience, we have gathered information about all available STD testing methods in Puerto Rico. Check them out to find out which option is suitable for you.

Testing MethodWaiting TimesSpeed of ResultsPositive Consultation

Private Testing (Walk-In Clinic)

10-20 Minutes with No Wait

24-72 Hours

Free With Positive Result

At-Home STD Testing

No Wait

5-11 Days

Free With Positive Result

Doctor Visit

with Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Co-Pay Required

Doctor Visit

without Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Out-of-Pocket Cost Required

Public Clinic

Limited Hours and Long Lines

7-14 Days

No

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Are STD tests expensive in Puerto Rico?

It can be, but it does not necessarily have to be. What many people need to understand is that laboratory tests would most often than not be relatively pricey due to the technology that is being utilized behind these diagnostic techniques. However, opting for specific laboratories that offer more convenient testing procedures and discounted prices for diagnostic tests would help ensure that the price will not be much of an issue in providing you with the conclusive diagnosis of your condition. It might take some independent scanning to find the right testing center for you in the most acceptable price range, but it is not as impossible as many people make it out to be.

How long does it usually take for results to come back for an STD test in Puerto Rico?

Considering that a wide variety of testing kits and laboratory procedures can be performed to determine conclusively whether you have a particular STD or not, the time that it will take for your results to return will also be subject to the same inconsistency. Although there are specific laboratories that could produce your results even by the end of the day (albeit, it is extremely rare for institutions to do so unless necessary), most would often take a few days to a week before the results are either delivered or posted online through your secure personal profile (in the case of online transactions). In addition to that, the capability of the laboratory performing the test may also contribute to the overall timeframe of result delivery – causing delays in cases where there are several requests or understaffed to provide expedited results.

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Why Testing Matters?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the initial stage of STDs. The infection could be caused by a virus, bacteria, or parasites, and it is usually transmitted via unprotected vagina, oral, or anal sex. Furthermore, skin-to-skin genital contact and needle exchange can also become causes of infection. Do you know that Zika Virus is also a sexually transmitted disease?

Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are the most commonly reported STDs in the USA and PR. In most cases, these infections can be transmitted unknowingly since a person may be asymptomatic and exhibit no specific symptoms of infection. Depending on the infection, symptoms may appear within a few days or take several weeks to be detected. Such as chlamydia, genital herpes, and gonorrhea symptoms may appear after several weeks while syphilis, hepatitis B, and HIV symptoms could take several months to appear,

Some of the common symptoms that may appear on their own or in combination are burning sensation when urinating, abnormal genital discharge, bleeding following intercourse, rashes or sores in or around anal and genital areas, sudden fever and flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph glands.

You can prevent yourself from getting affected by STDs if only you make STD testing a regular part of your annual health checkup. If you are infected, it could be diagnosed early and receive treatment immediately. If diagnosed and treated at the right time, it is possible to prevent further progression of an STD and its transmission to another individual.

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STD Statistics in Puerto Rico

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STD in PR, and gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in this region, according to the statistics shared by the PR STD Surveillance Office and the US Census Bureau. From 1991 to 2004, the reported chlamydia infection rates increased from over 2 to more than 92 cases/100,000 people. In 2004, gonorrhea and chlamydia infection rates in Fajardo and Metro health regions were the highest amongst all health regions in the territory.

According to the PR STD Surveillance Office, between 1991 and 2004, the chlamydia rate increased by a staggering 4,376%, and gonorrhea cases dropped by over 56% in PR. The decrease in gonorrhea rates indicates changes in screening practices, reporting practices, and diagnostic tests with diverse sensitivities. This could be because of an increase in the number of people getting screened for STDs after expanding testing facilities and clinics across the region.

As per social and epidemiological statistics, the high prevalence of HIV and other STDs in Puerto Rico is more concentrated among the underserved and vulnerable populace. Hence a larger disparity is created between these populations. High-risk sexual practices in these vulnerable groups increase the rate of disease transmission. Moreover, the lack of screening and access to better health care services.

In Puerto Rico, syphilis rates among men and women were almost the same in 2001, but by 2008, the rate among males was six times higher. This disparity could be due to the growing incidence rate of syphilis in men who have sex with men (MSM).

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

Between 2000 and 2004, chlamydia rates were the highest among females and males aged 20-24 years. Conversely, gonorrhea rates in PR decreased from 1991 and 2004, going from over 16 to 7 cases per 100,000 people, and the rates were highest among males and females aged 20-24 years.

Chlamydia positivity and co-infection rate with gonorrhea in Puerto Rican women between 2003 and 2005 was 6.6% among females aged 15-30 years and those aged 15-22 years, and the positivity rate was 8.4%. Among women aged 23-30 years, this rate was 4.5%. The positivity rate was highest in the Detention Centers with 14.9%, followed by STD clinics with 12.4%, and Prenatal Clinics reported an 11.7% positivity rate. For women with gonorrheal infection, the positivity rate for co-infection with chlamydia was highest in STD clinics, with 1.9% for women aged 15-22 years and 2% for those aged 23-30 years.

PR STD surveillance data indicate that MSM are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and they account for an increasing number of new STD cases. As mentioned above, syphilis rates among PR males were six times higher than females, and the rate has increased substantially since 2001. This increase in the male/female incidence ratio is attributed to a sharp incline in syphilis among MSM.

State Initiatives

PROFAMILIA has been addressing public health problems linked to the increase in unwanted pregnancies among adolescents, particularly the rise in STDs rates. In PR, sexual activity among the youth starts from 12 years of age and the incidence rate of AIDS and other notifiable STDs was higher in people aged 15-29 years. Therefore, in response, the organization developed a program to offer preventive education to PR youth, enabling young teens and adults to use peer counseling techniques to utilize peer counseling methods and teach others about responsible sexual practices and prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Project for Adolescents is another important initiative by PROFAMILIA in which peer education is provided to young people about STDs and HIV/AIDS prevention. This is a unique way to offer education, as adults don't provide sex education from an authoritative point of view. PROFAMILIA has established eight Family Planning Information Centers across the territory to increase PR residents' accessibility to family planning.

STDcheck.com is a widespread statewide service in PR offering STD testing facilities. In PR, STDcheck.com's test results are delivered within two days, and the facility is compliant with local and federal privacy mandates, such as the HIPSS Privacy Rule. Testing is offered in a completely confidential environment, and results are not added to the individual's permanent medical record. More than four thousand confidential STD testing centers are established around PR, where STI tests are carried out with complete accuracy and authenticity, and medications are prescribed by a specialist if required.

Since the 1990s, the Pan American Health Organization's Program on AIDS/STD has carried out activities focused on vulnerable populations, particularly females. The Latin American Center for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Centro Latinoamericano de Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual or CLETS) is among the territory's largest publicly funded STI clinics operating in PR.

Among the primary activities of CLETS include epidemiological surveillance and direct technical cooperation. In 2007 a research collaboration was commenced between researchers at the University of Puerto Rico's School of Public Health and CLETS to assess STI/HIV screening facilities in the San Juan metropolitan area. Since then, the organization has focused its efforts on expanding PR residents' access to quality STD/HIV screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

References

  • Analyte Health, 2021. Puerto Rico Std Testing. STD Exposed - Sexual Health Blog. Available at: https://www.stdcheck.com/puerto-rico-std-testing
  • CDC, 2006. Chlamydia Positivity and Co-Infection with Gonorrhea in Women of PR Infertility Prevention Project: 2003-2005. cdc.confex.com. Available at: https://cdc.confex.com/cdc/std2006/techprogram/P11303.HTM
  • CDC, 2006. Trends in Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, Puerto Rico, 2004. cdc.confex.com. Available at: https://cdc.confex.com/cdc/std2006/techprogram/P10882.HTM
  • Clatts, Michael & Rodriguez-Diaz, Carlos & García, Hermes & Vargas-Molina, Ricardo & Colon-Lopez, Vivian & Perez, Naydi & Goldsamt, Lloyd & Jovet-Toledo, Gerardo. (2011). Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinics as Strategic Venues for Targeting High Risk Populations for HIV Research and Sexual Health Interventions. Puerto Rico health sciences journal. 30. 101-8.
  • Colón-López, V. et al., 2013. 6. prevalence, genotype diversity and determinants of anal HPV infection in high-risk men attending a sexually transmitted infection clinic in Puerto Rico. Sexual Health, 10(6), p.572.
  • Forum Fam Plan West Hemisph., 1993. Pro-familia -- projects for today's social realities. Puerto Rico. PubMed.ord. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12179845/
  • Foundation for the Support of International Medical Training (FSIMT), 2020. Puerto Rico General Health Risks: Sexually Transmitted infections. IAMAT. Available at: https://www.iamat.org/country/puerto-rico/risk/sexually-transmitted-infections

Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Puerto Rico

It would vary depending on the condition that is being tested. STDs behave differently due to the varying pathogenicity of each STD’s causative organism. In some instances, you can get accurately tested as early as two weeks following exposure, while some are intermittently inaccurate due to its recurrence (much like in the case of herpes infections). To avoid this, be sure to discuss the intricacies of the test with your physician to understand whether a particular test could provide you with a conclusive diagnosis or if it still needs another confirmatory test to establish its premise.

Yes. Certain companies offer at-home testing kits wherein you are the one that will collect the specimens necessary for the test at the comfort of your own home. Sure, it might sometimes be subject to errors due to the potential contamination of the sample from collection to transportation, but it does offer a great deal of privacy and convenience for patients who would prefer to have their identities hidden in fear that their community will judge them.

A nucleic acid amplification test is a laboratory procedure that professionals often perform to make detecting a particular nucleic acid or gene being targeted easier and more convenient while still ensuring that the sample being collected is relatively minimal. Nucleic acid amplification tests, or NAATs, are usually the mainstay diagnostic test for most STDs due to their ability to detect the presence of pathogenic nucleic acids and genes in the patient sample with utmost accuracy and speed. NAATs depends on their ability to replicate the target RNA and DNA to create numerous copies – resulting in an increased convenience in the detection of the desired molecules instead of trying to either blindly look for one strand in a minuscule sample or collecting a large sample that could make the patient uncomfortable throughout the process. Although NAATs are often preferred for a more conclusive diagnosis of STDs, certain exceptions such as the availability of resources and instances of intermittent viral shedding could make NAATs less desirable than other tests. Fret not, however, as your physician is knowledgeable regarding these instances and would often request the best diagnostic procedure for your instances.

Depending on the test being performed and the testing physician's targeted diseases, various types of samples can be requested from you. In some instances, a minuscule blood sample of a few milliliters will be collected, some might ask for a urine sample, and others may opt for a genital swab. Again, the sample being collected will depend on the test being conducted and the outcome that is being targeted for this particular procedure.

Similar to how other testing procedures behave, false-positive results are still evident even in STD testing. False-positive and even false-negative results are standard instances that showcase the imperfection of the test’s design – a factor that is present everywhere. However, despite certain inconsistencies in laboratory tests as such, physicians commonly use confirmatory tests that would often take another path entirely to arrive at the same conclusion – solidifying the initial test’s diagnosis while still ensuring that the second test is not following the inconsistencies of the first.

How Does it Work?

See how simple and easy it is to get tested for STDs in Puerto Rico today

Most people experience feelings of hesitation when going to get tested for STD, despite knowing they might have contracted one. EasySTD was created to change that.

1

Order your STD test

Visit your nearest lab or clinic, order your home testing kit online, and follow the given instructions from an STD testing provider.

2

Undergo the test

After ordering your STD test, visit the testing center to get tested or take a self sample including urine, cotton swab, or finger prick with the home testing kit and mail it back.

3

Receive you results

Receive the lab-certified results of your STD test from your test provider via mail or phone within 2 to 3 days. If the test comes positive, consult your doctor immediately.

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