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.

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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

5305 Valley Park Dr Ste 7, Roanoke, Virginia 24019

Tel: 5405639852


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

5130 Duke St Ste 10, Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Tel: 7038236294


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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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

8503 Arlington Blvd Ste 350, Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Tel: 7035736298


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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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

8609 Sudley Rd Ste 104, Manassas, Virginia 20110

Tel: 7035300501


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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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

6120 Brandon Ave Ste 105, Springfield, Virginia 22150

Tel: 7039132873


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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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...

124 Newman Ave, B101, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Tel: (540) 432-3308

Tel: (540) 432-3309


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • PrEP for uninsured

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FAHASS Testing and Prevention Services

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

4701 Market St, Ste B, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408

Tel: (540) 907-4555 (ext 128)

Tel: (540) 371-8446

Tel: (800) 215-8121


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • Free Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Free HIV Self-Testing

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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.

8097 Kings Hwy, King George, Virginia 22485

Tel: (540) 775-3111

Tel: (540) 775-3109


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

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

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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.

517 W Grace St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Tel: (804) 783-2505

Tel: (804) 783-0678


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • TB Treatment
  • • Primary Care

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • Street Outreach

Fees & Payment Information

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

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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.

1300 Thomas St, Ste E, Hampton, Virginia 23669

Tel: (757) 224-8085

Tel: (757) 224-8134


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

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

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 Virginia

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 Virginia. 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 Virginia?

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 Virginia?

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?

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

Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Virginia

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.

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.

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.

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.

It does vary on a case-to-case basis. Insurance policies are often particular with the instances that they would be covering with their program. Some may cover severe accidents, some may even consider “orphan disease,” and yes, some may also cover the expenses for performing STD diagnostic tests. However, considering that your insurance provider will have to verify the person's identity availing of the program, STD testing laboratories that employ a minimal collection of patient information may not accept insurance policies to prioritize privacy over affordability.

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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