Free STD Testing in Vermont

Vermont boasts the lowest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the U.S. The most common STDs in the state include chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea.


AIDS Project of Southern Vermont Brattleboro Office

AIDS Project of Southern Vermont Brattleboro Office

Confidential HIV and Hep C testing open to the General Public. Free condoms available. Syringe Services Program open every Tuesday from 9am-12pm.

Testing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
  • Hepatitis C Rapid Testing
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Condom Distribution
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Harm Reduction
  • Needle Cleaning, Needle Exchange or Needle Distribution
Support Services
  • Case Management
  • Financial Assistance
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HOPWA
  • Food Services
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Sex Partners
  • Men
  • Young Adults
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • LGBT
  • Gay Men
  • Injecting Drug Users/Needle Sharing Partners
  • Native Americans
Fees & Payment Options
  • Donations Accepted
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing
Languages
  • English
AIDS Project of Southern Vermont Brattleboro Office

15 Grove St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301


(802) 254-4444


(802) 254-3613


(802) 254-8263


Website


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Vermont CARES Rutland Office

Vermont CARES Rutland Office

Testing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Condom Distribution
  • Harm Reduction
  • Needle Cleaning, Needle Exchange or Needle Distribution
Support Services
  • Support Groups
Audiences
  • Adults
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Persons with STDs
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Persons with Hepatitis
  • Men
  • Students
  • Young Adults
  • Substance Abusers
  • LGBT
  • Injecting Drug Users/Needle Sharing Partners
  • Community Based Organizations
Fees & Payment Options
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing
Languages
  • English
Vermont CARES Rutland Office

1 Scale Ave, Howe Center Bldg 18 Ste 103, Rutland, Vermont 05701


(802) 775-5884


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vermont CARES Montpelier Office

Vermont CARES Montpelier Office

Testing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Hepatitis C Rapid Testing
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Condom Distribution
Support Services
  • Support Groups
  • Case Management
Audiences
  • Adults
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Persons with Hepatitis
  • Men
  • Young Adults
  • Substance Abusers
  • LGBT
  • Gay Men
  • Community Based Organizations
Fees & Payment Options
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
Languages
  • English
Vermont CARES Montpelier Office

29 Main St, Ste 14, Montpelier, Vermont 05602


(802) 371-6222


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rutland Regional Medical Center Comprehensive Care and Infectious Disease Clinic

Rutland Regional Medical Center Comprehensive Care and Infectious Disease Clinic

Testing Services
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
Care Services
  • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • Hepatitis C Treatment
  • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Behavioral Interventions
Support Services
  • Drug Purchasing Assistance, including AIDS Drug Purchasing Assistance (ADAP)
Audiences
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • HIV Positive Persons
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Sliding Scale
  • Insurance Accepted
  • Free HIV Testing
Languages
  • English
Rutland Regional Medical Center Comprehensive Care and Infectious Disease Clinic

160 Allen St, Rutland, Vermont 05701


(802) 747-3700


Website


Appointment Required: Yes



Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Services for youth ages 14 - 24.

Testing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
Audiences
  • At Risk Youth
Fees & Payment Options
  • Free HIV Testing
  • Free STD Testing
  • No Fee
  • Free Hepatitis B Testing
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing
  • Free TB Testing
Languages
  • English
Spectrum Youth and Family Services

177 Pearl St, Burlington, Vermont 05401


(802) 864-7423


(802) 540-3008


(802) 864-3641


Website


Website


Website


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Why Testing Matters?

Do you know what STDs are? These are basically germs that can quickly spread from person to person via sexual or skin-to-skin contact. Viruses can cause these infections, for instance, HIV, or bacteria, e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Or else, STDs could be caused by parasites, e.g., trichomoniasis. No matter what kind of STD or infection you have contracted, it will make you vulnerable to a host of other life-threatening ailments and can impact your fertility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 20 million new STDs infections are reported annually. A majority of these cases are identified among people aged 15 to 24. That's not a healthy trend because it can have long-lasting, adverse health consequences for the individual.

In America, two of the most commonly reported infectious diseases are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Both pose a considerable risk to male/female reproductive health and cause infertility/impotence if left untreated. So, testing is the only way to detect and treat STIs (sexually transmitted infections) before these turn into diseases and lead to other more chronic infections.

STDs are treatable infections, but the problem is that most of them are asymptomatic, which means the infected individual doesn't get any symptoms until the disease has done considerable damage. You can consider them the silent killers. That's why the CDC recommends that every sexually active individual should undergo STDs screening regularly to remain aware of their sexual health status. They should also encourage their partners to get tested to enjoy a healthy and happy life.

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Government Initiatives

The Vermont Health Department continuously monitors reportable bacterial infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The department is responsible for providing support services to Vermonters, mainly assisting newly diagnosed individuals to understand their condition and treatment demands better. Moreover, the department notifies sex partners of those diagnosed with an STD on a free and voluntary basis. Furthermore, the Vermont Health Department links the patients' partners to STD testing and treatment.

Vermont's HIV/STD/Hepatitis Program funds and supports different programs designed to help people at risk for STDs. Through this initiative, the state intends to spread awareness among people regarding how to protect themselves against STDs and prevent their spread.

In addition to this, the program ensures at-risk communities can access STD testing and helps infected individuals adhere to treatment options that reduce infection symptoms and the risk of transmission and improve their overall health. The team achieves these tasks by collaborating with medical services providers across the state to ensure they offer appropriate STDs testing facilities and deliver the best possible treatment to patients diagnosed with STDs.

Another important initiative is started by the CDC. The organization offers funding to the Vermont State Health Department to implement initiatives geared towards reducing STDs prevalence in the state via advanced control measures. CDC's focus is on encouraging scalable, high-impact, sustainable, and cost-effective STDs prevention solutions.

STDs Statistics in Vermont

Reportedly, Vermont has the second-to-lowest or lowest most rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary/secondary syphilis in the country as per the 2019 statistics. However, Vermont has been observing a surprising spike in the rates of infectious diseases, particularly the three common STDs, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

In 2008, the state recorded 34 gonorrhea cases, and in 2018 the number increased to 274. A similar trend was noticed in chlamydial infections as from 954 cases in 2006, the state's infection rate crossed 2,000 by 2018.

In fact, the state's number of chlamydia cases jumped from 1,690 cases in 2016 to over 1,850 cases in 2017. What's most concerning is that these numbers only indicate confirmed cases, which means an individual went to get screened and received a positive result. These numbers do not include people unaware of their sexual health status and haven't gotten tested for STDs yet.

According to the state's health department, the overall national rates of STDs also do not provide a clear picture as these are only one-fifth of the total cases out there. So, while Vermont's number has remained steady at 2,000 infections, the situation could be much worse, and the actual number of cases may exceed 10,000.

In 2018, the state's population-adjusted chlamydia infection rate was 297.5, which was indeed low enough for the state to appear at number 49 among the 50 U.S. states. It was -43% lower than the overall U.S. rate.

Still, Vermont's chlamydia rates are higher than West Virginia, the state that came at number 50. Over the past six years, Vermont's chlamydia rate has been increasing. Today, it is 8% higher than the rate reported in 2012 but way lower than the number of cases in 2014 and 2015 when the state reported 357 and 303 chlamydia cases, respectively.

Concerning gonorrhea prevalence, the state boasts the single lowest rate in the 50 U.S. states with just 32.5 cases/100,000 population. This is -81% lower than the overall national gonorrhea rates and -90% lower than the topmost affected state Mississippi.

But, the fact cannot be ignored that rates of gonorrhea infection have been rising since 2015 and doubled between 2012 and 2017. In 2012 and 2013, the state reported over 15 cases/100,000 people, and in 2014, there were over 13 cases/100,000 people. The state witnessed a sharp rise in 2015, with 24.8 gonorrheal infections reported per 100,000 people, followed by 20.1 cases in 2016 and 32.5 cases in 2017.

In Vermont, the number of primary/secondary syphilis cases has remained relatively low, with 2.1 cases reported per 100,000 people. That's the 2nd lowest rate in the USA and well below the national rate (-78%). It is around -90% lower than Nevada's syphilis infection rate. It is important to note that Nevada is the national leader in syphilis infection.

However, in the past few years, syphilis rates have increased in Vermont. The state has recorded a whopping 110% increase between 2012 and 2018. Where Vermont reported just one primary/secondary syphilis case per 100,000 people in 2012, by 2017, this increased to 2.1 cases/100,000 people.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

In Vermont, there has been an unprecedented increase in STI diagnoses among people between 60 and 70s. This means people falling under this age group have responded to the statewide campaigns for people to get tested for STDs, whether they have symptoms or not.

It is worth noting that the overall STDs incidence is relatively low in Vermont, and the data regarding ethnic disparities in STDs is scarce. But, as per the CDC, the state has seen improvement in cases of congenital syphilis over the years as there were no reported cases between 2011 and 2015. This indicates more pregnant females are getting tested for syphilis and getting appropriate treatment before giving birth.

Burlington metro area is the worst affected region in Vermont as far as chlamydia infection rates are concerned since 2 in 5 cases were reported here between 2017-2018. On the other hand, the Claremont-Lebanon area, which includes New Hampshire counties, accounted for 13% of all chlamydia cases reported in Vermont. Washington country reported 365 cases, Chittenden country reported 359 cases, and Orange country reported 325 cases per 100,000 people in 2017-2018.

In Vermont, Burlington accounted for over half of all gonorrhea cases in 2017. Chittenden reported the most cases (34), followed by Grand Isle with 29 cases, and Franklin county reported over 26 cases in 2017.

Regarding primary and secondary syphilis, one out of three cases were diagnosed in the Burlington area, whereas Claremont-Lebanon has 22% of all cases.

The disparities in the state's chlamydia rates between white women and women of color are significant since, in 2017, the rate of STD infection among black women was at least five times higher than that of white women. The highest rates of chlamydia were reported among people aged 20-24, and young females within this age group make up around half of all reported cases in Vermont.

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How Does it Work?

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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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