Free STD Testing in Virgin islands

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have been on the rise in the US Virgin Islands (VI) since 2005. According to the VI public health department, the rate of common, reportable STDs, namely chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, is higher among young adults, particularly people aged 15-24. STDs are passed from person to person via sexual contact, which is why VI is reporting a higher number of cases across the region.

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Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

4930 Osborne DrSuite D, El Paso, Texas 79922

Tel: 9158750789


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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Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

237B E Center Dr, Alton, Illinois 62002

Tel: 6184655877


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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Maine Family Planning Dexter Family Planning

311 Corinna Rd, Dexter, Maine 04930

Tel: (207) 922-3222


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

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

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • • STD Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Virgin islands

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 Virgin islands. 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 Virgin islands?

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 Virgin islands?

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?

STDs are also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These are very common diseases that affect millions of Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Reportedly, STDs and STIs can be passed from one individual to another through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. However, these may spread via intimate physical contact such as petting, although this is more uncommon.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most commonly reported STDs in VI, and both diseases are treatable if diagnosed at the right time. But, if STDs are left untreated, these can lead to serious health problems such as infertility among males and females and congenital disabilities in newborns. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory diseases as well. Overall, STDs make it difficult for females to get pregnant or have healthy babies. Furthermore, STIs increases an individual’s chances of contracting or transmitting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) because STIs make HIV transmission much easier.

An important aspect to note about STDs is that they are generally asymptomatic. This means they may not cause any symptoms initially or just cause mild symptoms. Hence, an individual may be infected but unaware of it. That’s why getting tested for an STD is essential for every sexually active individual. It is twice more critical for those having multiple partners and men who have sex with men. Pregnant females should get tested for an STD in each trimester to receive treatment at the right time in case they are infected.

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STD Statistics in the Virgin Islands

According to the 2015-2019 STD surveillance data released by the CDC, the gonorrhea rate in males touched new highs in 2015, with 24 cases identified. The rate decreased considerably in 2016, with males reporting 21 diagnoses throughout VI. In 2017 there were ten chlamydia cases diagnosed in the state, and in 2019 this number again increased to 23. Chlamydia statistics for VI females is yet unavailable.

Regarding primary and secondary syphilis, which are the most severe infection stages of syphilis, VI reported 8 cases overall in 2015. No cases were diagnosed during 2016 and 2017, while data for subsequent years is unavailable.

Virgin Islands reported around 743 chlamydia cases in 2015, according to the statistics shared by the CDC. The territory recorded a drop in chlamydia diagnoses, with 571 cases identified in 2016, 458 in 2017, and around 537 in 2019.

Age, Gender and Ethnic Disparities:

According to the CDC, in the Virgin Islands, young people report higher rates of STDs than in any other part of the US. As per the 2009 statistics from the CDC, VI’s rate of chlamydia diagnoses among young girls aged 15-24 was 15.5%, which was the highest across the country in 2009, the second-highest rate was found in New Mexico at 14.4%. For males aged 20-24, the rate of chlamydia was higher as the CDC reported an astonishing 21.6% of cases in 2009l.

The rate of gonorrhea among young females was the fifth-highest in the USA in 2009 at 2%, and the region reported the second-highest number of HIV cases in the USA (per capita) that year.

According to VI STD/HIV surveillance report, during 2005 and 2010, males reported fewer gonorrhea cases than females. In 2005, males reported 24 cases, followed by 13 in 2006, 19 in 2007, 27 in 2008, 25 in 2009, and 49 cases in 2010. On the other hand, females accounted for 49 cases in 2005, 32 in 2006, 53 in 2007, 91 in 2008, 90 in 2009, and 87 in 2010. This trend indicates that between 2005 and 2010, nearly 72% of all reported gonorrhea cases were diagnosed in females.

Around 57% were diagnosed in people aged 20-29, and the second most impacted age group was 15-19, accounting for 31% of all gonorrhea infections in VI. It is worth noting that gonorrhea cases were higher among African-Americans. They accounted for 110 cases in 2010 compared to Hispanics who reported 23 cases, and Whites were the least impacted race with 2 cases in 2010.

According to the same report, between 2005 and 2010, around 78% of all chlamydia cases were diagnosed in females, and the 20-29 age group reported 55% of all chlamydia diagnoses in VI. The second most impacts group was 15-19, which accounted for 33% of all chlamydia cases. African-Americans accounted for the highest number of chlamydia cases in VI, followed by Hispanics and Whites. Around 179 males reported chlamydia cases in VI in 2010, and 436 females were diagnosed with the infection the same year. The black population accounted for 460 cases in 2010, followed by Hispanics with 115 cases, and the third-highest rate of cases was reported in whites with 10 cases.

State Initiatives

The Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) Communicable Disease STD/HIV/TB Program works to prevent and contain STDs, including HIV/AIDS via disease intervention, screening, education, treatment, and diagnostic activities. It coordinates with the HIV and TB prevention programs to increase access to STD testing and treatment across VI. Cost-effective screening facilities and risk education methods are offered throughout the territory. Moreover, the program monitors disease trends and works with other health agencies to control the spread of STDs.

The program’s core objective is to reduce the incidence of HIV, STD, and TB by offering quality sex education, counseling, screening and treatment opportunities to VI residents. The Communicable Disease STD/HIV/TB Program receives 95% funding from the federal government, and grantors include the CDC’s Department of Health and Human Services and Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).

Besides offering health education, several other initiatives are implemented to prevent STD infections in the territory. For instance, all pregnant females are screened for STDs during the first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester.

The Virgin Islands Department of Health Communicable Diseases Division (STD/HIV/TB Services) is responsible for offering extensive STD testing services for gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, along with UTIs and other types of vaginal infections. Testing is offered at designated sites on a walk-in basis, and dermatology treatment is offered to people diagnosed with molluscum or genital warts.

STD clinics play a crucial role in STD and HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and care in VI. STD clinics operate all across VI and are essential healthcare settings for people who cannot otherwise access necessary treatment options. STD clinics serve individuals who aren’t already engaged in HIV prevention programs or the territory’s primary healthcare system for STD prevention. This includes uninsured individuals and people looking for confidential services.

References

  • Romaguera, R., 2021. STD clinics contribute to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States. HIV.gov. Available at: https://www.hiv.gov/blog/std-clinics-contribute-ending-hiv-epidemic-united-states
  • CDC, 2021. Table 16. Gonorrhea among males - reported cases and rates of reported cases by state/territory and region in alphabetical order, United States, 2015-2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2019/tables/16.htm
  • CDC, 2021. Table 27. primary and secondary syphilis - reported cases and rates of reported cases by state/territory and region in alphabetical order, United States, 2015-2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2019/tables/27.htm
  • CDC, 2021. Table 3. chlamydia - reported cases and rates of reported cases by state/territory and region in alphabetical order, United States, 2015-2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2019/tables/3.htm
  • The Source, 2011. Officials look at lowering STD rates for young virgin islanders. St. Thomas Source. Available at: https://stthomassource.com/content/2011/02/12/officials-look-lowering-std-rates-young-virgin-islanders/
  • USVI Department of Health, 2021. Sexually transmitted infections. doh.vi.gov. Available at: https://doh.vi.gov/programs/family-planning/discover/sexually-transmitted-infections
  • Virgin Islands Department of Health Communicable Disease Division STD/HIV/TB Program, 2010. STD/HIV Surveillance Report 2010. doh.vi.gov. Available at: https://doh.vi.gov/sites/default/files/2010-hiv-surveillance%20report.pdf
  • The Virgin Islands Department of Health – Communicable Diseases Division, 2021. DC Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB . doh.dc.gov. Available at: https://doh.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/publication/attachments/FACT%20SHEET%20HIV_AIDS%20_0.pdf

Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Virgin islands

Similar to what was previously mentioned, herpes infections are known for their recurring tendencies – causing outbreaks now and then and thus causing an intermittent spike in the patient’s viral load for specific instances. In addition to that, other STDs also take time to proliferate and produce a sufficient viral load that could warrant a positive and, more importantly, accurate diagnosis and detection from the tests being administered. As such, detecting an STD a few days following exposure is often complex and unpredictable – leading physicians to follow a certain timeframe instead for testing STDs instead of blindly testing immediately following exposure. Physical exams, however, may supplement inaccurate laboratory diagnoses, especially in cases where the test is prone to false results.

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.

Although NAATs are well-known for their accuracy and sensitivity in detecting most STDs, it is also subject to certain inconsistencies, especially in the case of herpes infections. In Herpes, outbreaks often result in a relative increase in the patient’s viral load – leading to a timeline that usually has specific peaks at certain intervals instead of a consistent rise in viral load throughout. As such, sensitive tests such as NAATs are still unable to accurately diagnose herpes conditions, especially in cases where the patient has recently become asymptomatic and is currently between outbreaks. Other tests such as culture testing and type-specific virologic tests are often employed instead as a confirmatory diagnosis for the patient’s condition.

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.

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?

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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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