Free STD Testing in Virginia

In the US state of Virginia, the rate of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), namely chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis (primary and secondary), is rising every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state ranked 34th in the primary/secondary syphilis rates among the fifty US states, 29th in gonorrhea infections and 30th in the rates of chlamydia in 2015.


Harrisonburg Community Health Centers

Harrisonburg Community Health Centers

To receive financial assistance, clients must meet the following: proof of a HIV positive diagnosis, income at or below 500% FPL, and proof of Virginia residency. Free, rapid confirmatory HIV testing performed onsite for anyone. PrEP education, eligibility assessment, referrals, and navigation...

Testing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing
Care Services
  • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Condom Distribution
Support Services
  • PrEP Navigation
  • Case Management
  • Drug Purchasing Assistance, including AIDS Drug Purchasing Assistance (ADAP)
  • Ryan White Services
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HOPWA
  • Food Services
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Men
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • Asians/Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • LGBT
  • Gay Men
  • Native Americans
Fees & Payment Options
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
  • PrEP for uninsured
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Interpretation Services Available for Non-English Languages
  • American Sign Language
Harrisonburg Community Health Centers

124 Newman Ave, B101, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801


(540) 432-3308


(540) 432-3309


Website


Website


Appointment Required: No


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

FAHASS Testing and Prevention Services

FAHASS Testing and Prevention Services

To receive a free HIV self-testing kit, please visit website and complete request form.

Testing Services
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • Rapid HIV Testing
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
Support Services
  • Support Groups
  • Case Management
  • Drug Purchasing Assistance, including AIDS Drug Purchasing Assistance (ADAP)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HOPWA
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • Adults
  • Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Sex Partners
  • Young Adults
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • Substance Abusers
  • Gay Men
Fees & Payment Options
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing
  • Free HIV Self-Testing
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
FAHASS Testing and Prevention Services

4701 Market St, Ste B, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408


(540) 907-4555 (ext 128)


(540) 371-8446


(800) 215-8121


Website


Website


Website


Appointment Required: No


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
  • HIV testing
    Mon.-Fri.: 9 AM-4:30 PM. ALTERNATING SATURDAYS 12NOON-5 PM. APPOINTMENTS ARE HELPFUL BUT NOT REQUIRED.

Virginia Department of Health Rappahannock Area Health District

Virginia Department of Health Rappahannock Area Health District

King George County Health Department and Environmental Services

Hepatitis B and C screening high risk persons only. Free condoms available upon request.

Testing Services
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • Hepatitis B Testing
  • TB Testing
Care Services
  • Family Planning
  • TB Treatment
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • Condom Distribution
Support Services
  • Drug Purchasing Assistance, including AIDS Drug Purchasing Assistance (ADAP)
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • Adults
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Sliding Scale
  • Insurance Accepted
Languages
  • English
Virginia Department of Health Rappahannock Area Health District

8097 Kings Hwy, King George, Virginia 22485


(540) 775-3111


(540) 775-3109


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Daily Planet West Grace Health Center

Daily Planet West Grace Health Center

Provide services for the uninsured and homeless clients. HIV testing is available on the first and third Monday of each month from 1pm—3pm on a walk-in basis only. This service is provided free of charge at the West Grace Health Center. Please call for information.

Testing Services
  • TB Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
Care Services
  • TB Treatment
  • Primary Care
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • Street Outreach
Support Services
  • Case Management
  • Ryan White Services
Audiences
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Persons with STDs
  • Persons with TB
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Substance Abusers
  • Homeless Persons
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Sliding Scale
  • Insurance Accepted
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
Daily Planet West Grace Health Center

517 W Grace St, Richmond, Virginia 23220


(804) 783-2505


(804) 783-0678


Website


Appointment Required: No


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

Urban League of Hampton Roads Incorporated YH Thomas Community Center

Urban League of Hampton Roads Incorporated YH Thomas Community Center

Provides Early Intervention, Non-Medical Case Management, Medical Case Management and Certified Application Counselors for the Affordable Care Act. General Public/HIV Positive. Condoms available for free.

Testing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Conventional HIV Testing
Prevention Services
  • STD Prevention/Education
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • HIV Test Counseling
  • Condom Distribution
  • Behavioral Interventions
Support Services
  • Support Groups
  • Case Management
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HOPWA
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • Adults
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Men
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • Minorities
  • LGBT
  • Gay Men
  • Native Americans
  • Homeless Persons
Fees & Payment Options
  • Free HIV Testing
  • No Fee
Languages
  • English
Urban League of Hampton Roads Incorporated YH Thomas Community Center

1300 Thomas St, Ste E, Hampton, Virginia 23669


(757) 224-8085


(757) 224-8134


Website


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Why Testing Matters?

Around twenty million new STDs infections are reported in the USA every year. This makes it all the more important to consider making STD testing/screening a compulsory part of your routine health checkup. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men who have sex with men, women of childbearing age, people between age 15-24 and 25-34, and those having multiple partners must make sure to get tested for STDs every 3 to 6 months. Moreover, whoever is sexually active and prefers to have unprotected sex has a greater responsibility to get screened.

It is worth noting that most STDs tend to be asymptomatic and show little to no symptoms. The only way to identify that you are infected with an STD is through testing. The good news is that most common STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis, are treatable. The key is to detect the virus in its initial stages. Always follow responsible and safe sex practices and make STD testing a priority. Untreated STDs can cause chronic health conditions such as infertility, miscarriages, colon cancer and may also progress into HIV.

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STD Statistics Virginia

Virginia state’s primary/secondary syphilis rate was 2.6 cases/100,000 people in 2011 that increased to 4 cases/100,000 people in 2015. Regarding gonorrhea, the state’s case rate was over 97 cases per 100,000 people. There were nine cases of congenital syphilis reported between 2011 and 2015. chlamydia infections in 2015 were significantly high, with over 420 people per 100,000 population getting diagnosed. Women reported at least two times higher rates of chlamydia infections compared to men, with 563.9 cases and 279.8 cases per 100,000 population, respectively.

Preliminary data released by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) revealed shocking new developments. In 2018, the state observed a 22% rise in chlamydia diagnoses. In 2013 the state reported 33,825 cases, which increased to 41,377 in 2018. On the other hand, syphilis cases rose by 52%, from 327 in 2013 to 498 in 2018. However, the most disturbing trend was noticed in the rate of gonorrhea since there was a staggering 71% rise in the number of gonorrheal infections reported in Virginia, from 7,100 cases in 2013 to 12,141 in 2018.

In Virginia, Hampton Roads topped the list of highest STDs rates in all US metropolitan areas, as per 2010 study findings from the CDC. The region ranked 2nd highest in chlamydia infections, third highest in gonorrhea, and Eastern Virginia reported the state’s highest number of people living with HIV. In 2019, the state reported 566 chlamydia cases, 162 gonorrhea cases per 100,000 population and Hampton Roads again reported the highest infection rate for being a transient area. This area has twice the number of cases reported elsewhere in the state, with around 932 chlamydia and 315 gonorrhea infections reported per 100,000 people in 2019.

Age, Gender, Ethnic Disparities

Between 2005 and 2009, African-Americans accounted for 76% of gonorrhea cases, 63% of syphilis and 55% of chlamydia diagnoses, stated Virginia Health Department. Norfolk had 9% of the state’s chlamydia diagnoses between 2005 and 2009, whereas Newport News and Virginia Beach recorded 7% of all chlamydial infections. Norfolk reported 11% of all gonorrhea infections in 2009, and Richmond had 12% of Virginia’s syphilis diagnoses during 2005 and 2009.

According to the statistics shared by the VDH, the three most impacted age groups regarding STDs prevalence was 20-24,25-29, and 15-19. Regarding chlamydia, the highest rates were reported amongst people aged 20-24 with 18,357 cases in 2019, followed by 15-19-year-olds with 12,231 cases, and 25-29-year-old individuals had the third-highest infection rate with 8,848 cases.

Regarding gonorrhea, a similar trend was observed since 20-24-year-olds accounted for over 4,200 gonorrheal cases, followed by 25-29-year-old individuals with 3,049 cases, and 15-19-year-olds recorded 2,262 cases.

In syphilis, the most affected group according to VDH was the 25-29-year-old individuals who accounted for 295 cases, followed by the 20-24 age group, which reported 251 cases, and 30-34 reported the third highest infection rate with 241 cases in 2019.

In all three STDs, the non-Hispanic black population accounted for the highest rate of disease. Black reported 761 syphilis, 19,097 chlamydia, and 8,408 gonorrhea cases in 2019. The white population was the next most impacted race in Virginia as they accounted for 2,551 gonorrhea diagnoses, 9,813 chlamydia, and 329 syphilis cases in the state in 2019.

State Initiatives

Virginia Department of Health’s STD Prevention and Surveillance program director Diana Prat stated that the state had introduced several STI (sexually transmitted infection) initiatives to encourage people to get tested. That’s why the state has recorded a higher number of cases in recent years. More cases of STDs are reported to the department now than before. The Alexandria Health Department, for instance, launched the Getting to Zero campaign after receiving a $540,000 grant from the state health department. The campaign’s slogan was “Zero Infections, Zero HIV Deaths, Zero Stigma,” and the purpose of launching it was to promote HIV testing across Alexandria.

Furthermore, in 2018, the Virginia Department of Health mailed around 16,000 packets to private health care facilities to help them understand how to communicate with STD-infected patients, STD screening requirements and other resources on the topic.

DoingItRVA is an STD-related campaign launched by the Richmond City Health District in Richmond, Virginia. IT focuses on engaging sexually active youth since the number of syphilis cases is the highest in this area. Local health groups are engaged to organize STD and STI testing events at high schools and colleges to offer sexual health education and dismantle the stigma associated with STDs.

References

  • CDC National Prevention Information Network, 2011. Virginia: Hampton Roads has some of the highest STD rates ... thebodypro.com. Available at: https://www.thebodypro.com/article/virginia-hampton-roads-highest-std-rates-nation
  • CDC, 2017. Virginia - 2015 state health profile. cdc.gov. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/pdf/virginia_profile.pdf
  • CDC, 2018. Press release 2018 STD prevention conference. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2018/press-release-2018-std-prevention-conference.html
  • DelBel, A., 2021. Reported stds Break Records for 6th straight year; local researchers work to stem concerning trend. WTKR. Available at: https://www.wtkr.com/news/investigations/reported-stds-break-records-for-6th-straight-year-local-researchers-work-to-stem-concerning-trend
  • Mazurowski, M., 2019. Health Districts in Virginia tackle rising std rates. https://www.nbc12.com. Available at: https://www.nbc12.com/2019/05/06/health-districts-virginia-tackle-rising-std-rates/
  • Northern Virginia Health Foundation, 2018. Getting to zero: Making HIV screening a routine part of Health Care. novahealthfdn.org. Available at: https://novahealthfdn.org/getting-to-zero-hiv/
  • Richmond City Health District, 2018. Doingitrva: Starting safer sex conversations in the community. – ONE®. Available at: https://www.onecondoms.com/blogs/community-stories/doingitrva-starting-safer-sex-conversations-in-the-community
  • VDH, 2021. Virginia 2019 gonorrhea Annual report. vdh.virginia.gov. Available at: https://vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/10/2020/12/Virginia-2019-Gonorrhea-Annual-Report.pdf
  • VDH, 2021. Virginia 2019 Syphilis Annual Report. vdh.virginia.gov. Available at: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/10/2020/12/Virginia-2019-Syphilis-Annual-Report.pdf
  • VDH, 2021. VIRGINIA STD SURVEILLANCE REPORT Table 1CT New Chlamydia Diagnoses. .vdh.virginia.gov. Available at: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/10/2020/12/Virginia-2019-Chlamydia-Annual-Report.pdf
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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

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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

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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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