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Free STD Testing in the State of Connecticut

There Are 48 Public Clinics & 63 Private STD Clinics Near You

If you're looking for cheap std testing clinics in the State of Connecticut to get a HIV, Herpes, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis or Hepatitis screening for yourself or your partner, you can get tested today by selecting an option below to find an affordable std test clinic near you. Same day std testing locations also available with results in 1-2 days. Learn more here.

COVID-19 UPDATE: STD Testing still being performed at locations below.

What are the STI test options in Connecticut?

Although the CDC listed Connecticut as one of the 10 states with the lowest STD cases nationwide, the rates for Syphilis are still rising statewide. Limited access to free STD testing centers in CT has caused long wait times, sometimes taking several days to be seen at an STD clinic. While some folks have chosen to forgo testing due to difficulty making an appointment that fits in their schedule, others have chosen a better way to keep their health in check. One phone call can help you find a private STD testing center nearby. After a quick 20-minute lab visit, you’ll still have plenty of time to visit Mohegan Sun, Connecticut’s oldest and most popular casino and resort.

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Quest Diagnostics

Preferred 60 Westwood Avenue Waterbury, CT 06708 800-666-1250
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 3.15 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Syphilis Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • Hepatitis A Test,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • HIV Early Detection,
  • Trichomoniasis Test,
  • HIV Test

These location types are best for: Privacy and convenience

COVID-19 UPDATE STD Testing still being performed at this location.

Description: Order online and receive a doctor's order to visit this lab to get tested in as little as 15 mins. Get your results privately within 1-2 business days and speak with a doctor over the phone if your test results come back positive. Doctors may prescribe treatment or refer you to a specialist if needed.

  • Result: 1-2 business days
  • 15 min test
  • Book Online
  • Doctor Prescription (if needed)

Labcorp

Preferred 649 WEST MAIN STREET Waterbury, CT 06708 800-666-1250
  • Hours
    • Monday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Thursday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Friday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 3.51 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Syphilis Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • Hepatitis A Test,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • HIV Early Detection,
  • Trichomoniasis Test,
  • HIV Test

These location types are best for: Privacy and convenience

COVID-19 UPDATE STD Testing still being performed at this location.

Description: Getting an STD test at a clinic near you has never been easier. When you choose this location, you can get a doctor's requisition to get tested in as little as 15 minutes. Following your test, you receive your results privately within 2 business days, and can speak to a doctor over the phone with confidence, should results come back as positive.

  • Result: 1-2 business days
  • 15 min test
  • Book Online
  • Doctor Prescription (if needed)

Quest Diagnostics

Preferred 1389 West Main Street, Suite 125 Waterbury, CT 06708 800-666-1250
  • Hours
    • Monday: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Thursday: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Friday: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Saturday: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 3.87 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Syphilis Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • Hepatitis A Test,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • HIV Early Detection,
  • Trichomoniasis Test,
  • HIV Test

These location types are best for: Privacy and convenience

COVID-19 UPDATE STD Testing still being performed at this location.

Description: Why go to a public clinic? Get convenient and fast STD testing that is 100% confidential. Individual tests under $50. Order online and visit this lab the same day for a quick 15 min test. Get your results online within 1-2 business days, and view them privately. Guaranteed doctor consultation over the phone, should results come back as positive.

  • Result: 1-2 business days
  • 15 min test
  • Book Online
  • Doctor Prescription (if needed)

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Alliance Medical Group (Infectious Disease Clinic)

160 Robbins St 1st Fl Waterbury, CT 06708 203-573-7284
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:30am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 3.38 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Free HIV Testing,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • PrEP for uninsured,
  • Sliding Scale

Description: Clinic. HIV-testing open to the general public

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Incorporated (Waterbury Center)

969 W Main St Waterbury, CT 06708 203-753-2119
  • Hours
    • Monday: 11:00am-7:00pm
    • Tuesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-4:30pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-4:00pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 3.58 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Donations Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale

Description: Social Service Organization

CVS MinuteClinic

1279 W Main St Waterbury, CT 06708 866-389-2727
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Tuesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm
    • Sunday: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • 3.78 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted

Description: CVS Partner. Please visit the website or call for eligibility requirements.
STD testing, HIV PrEP and PEP for patients 18+.
Trichomoniasis testing available as part of STD testing services

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StayWell Health Center

80 Phoenix Ave Waterbury, CT 06702 203-756-8021
  • Hours
    • Please check with the clinic for the latest hours and availability.
  • 4.05 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Free HIV Testing,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale

Waterbury Department of Public Health

185 S Main St 3rd Fl Waterbury, CT 06706 203-574-6880
  • Hours
    • Please check with the clinic for the latest hours and availability.
  • 4.25 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Free HIV Testing,
  • Sliding Scale

Description: Public Health Department/Social Services Department. Free condoms available upon request

StayWell Health Center (Church Street Health Center)

30 Church St Naugatuck, CT 06770 203-805-4929
  • Hours
    • Please check with the clinic for the latest hours and availability.
  • 5.21 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale

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Connecticut Counseling Centers Incorporated (Waterbury Office)

4 Midland Rd Waterbury, CT 06705 203-755-8874
  • Hours
    • Monday: 5:30am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 5:30am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 5:30am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 5:30am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 5:30am-5:00pm
    • Saturday: 6:00am-1:00pm
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 6.53 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Hepatitis C Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted

Description: Community Based Organization. Services for substance abusers. Need to enroll in the program in order to receive services

CVS MinuteClinic

839 Farmington Ave Bristol, CT 06010 866-389-2727
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Tuesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm
    • Sunday: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • 10.85 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted

Description: CVS Partner. Please visit the website or call for eligibility requirements.
STD testing, HIV PrEP and PEP for patients 18+.
Trichomoniasis testing available as part of STD testing services

CVS MinuteClinic

22 Depot Hill Rd Southbury, CT 06488 866-389-2727
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Tuesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm
    • Sunday: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • 11.11 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted

Description: CVS Partner. Please visit the website or call for eligibility requirements.
STD testing, HIV PrEP and PEP for patients 18+.
Trichomoniasis testing available as part of STD testing services

CVS MinuteClinic

905 S Main St Cheshire, CT 06410 866-389-2727
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Tuesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm
    • Sunday: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • 12.64 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted

Description: CVS Partner. Please visit the website or call for eligibility requirements.
STD testing, HIV PrEP and PEP for patients 18+.
Trichomoniasis testing available as part of STD testing services

Waterbury Department of Public Health (Torrington Satellite Office)

222 Prospect St Torrington, CT 06790 860-482-5340
  • Hours
    • Please check with the clinic for the latest hours and availability.
  • 13.85 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Free HIV Testing,
  • No Fee

Description: Public Health Department/Social Services Department. Free HIV testing is the only screening test the center performs

Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (Torrington Clinic)

469 Migeon Ave Torrington, CT 06790 860-489-0931
  • Hours
    • Please check with the clinic for the latest hours and availability.
  • 14.59 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Free HIV Testing,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • PrEP for uninsured,
  • Sliding Scale

Description: . HIV testing free and open to the general public; Need to enroll as a patient for other services. Fee for other primary care services including STD and TB testing

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Incorporated (Meriden Center)

26 Womens Way Meriden, CT 06451 203-238-0542
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:30am-4:15pm
    • Tuesday: 11:00am-6:45pm
    • Wednesday: 9:30am-4:15pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-6:45pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-4:15pm
    • Saturday: 8:30am-12:15pm
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 15.51 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Donations Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing,
  • Free HIV Testing,
  • Free STD Testing,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • PrEP for uninsured,
  • Sliding Scale

Description: Social Service Organization

New Britain Health Department

88 Prospect St New Britain, CT 06052 860-612-2771
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:15am-4:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:15am-4:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:15am-4:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:15am-4:00pm
    • Friday: 8:15am-4:00pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 16.25 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Sliding Scale

Description: Public Health Department/Social Services Department. Free condoms available

DOCS Urgent Care

141A Danbury Rd New Milford, CT 06776 860-544-5967
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:00pm-8:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00pm-8:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00pm-8:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00pm-8:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00pm-8:00pm
    • Saturday: 8:00pm-4:00pm
    • Sunday: 8:00pm-4:00pm
  • 17.32 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • PrEP for uninsured

Anchor Health Initiative

2200 Whitney Ave Ste 290 Hamden, CT 06518 203-903-8308
  • Hours
    • Monday: 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 11:00am-7:00pm
    • Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed
  • 18.29 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Rapid Blood HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Free Hepatitis C Testing,
  • Free HIV Testing,
  • Free STD Testing,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • PrEP for uninsured,
  • Sliding Scale

Description: Community Based Organization. Walk-ins are accepted for express STI/STD screening only. All other visits need to be scheduled

CVS MinuteClinic

2045 Dixwell Ave Hamden, CT 06514 866-389-2727
  • Hours
    • Monday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Tuesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Wednesday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Thursday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Friday: 8:30am-7:30pm
    • Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm
    • Sunday: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • 18.48 mile
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional Blood HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Test,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis C Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted

Description: CVS Partner. Please visit the website or call for eligibility requirements.
STD testing, HIV PrEP and PEP for patients 18+.
Trichomoniasis testing available as part of STD testing services

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STD Statistics for the State of Connecticut

Population

3,596,677

STD Cases

16,447

STD Rate

457.3 per 100,000 people

STD Breakdown

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Age

Statistics reported is based on publicly available data sources such as CDC for , CT. Data is normalized to accurately report STD Breakdown.

Additional STD Test Statistics in Connecticut

Despite CT having lower STD rates compared to the rest of the nation, it is still very important to have regular tests done for your well-being and to help prevent the spread of disease. The CT Department of Public Health recommends routine STD testing for every person age 16 and above.

Since 2008 the rate Hepatitis C infections in Connecticut has been steadily increasing for both men and women between the ages of 20-49, with 20% more HCV cases now being diagnosed each year. Acute Hepatitis B rates were down 60% in 2011, with men and Asian/Pacific Islanders aged 30-49 being the most affected by HBV at a rate of 138 per 100,000 people statewide, compared to an average of 15 per 100,000 for others in CT.

Instances of Gonorrhea have only slightly decreased within the past couple of years while Syphilis numbers have continued to rise. Even though the rates of Chlamydia have waxed and waned over the past 20 years, there has been an overall increase of infection by 73% since 2001. These numbers will most likely rise again as the state continues to defund free STD clinic access due to budget cuts. State health reports from 2008-2015 show that:

  • During 2015 Chlamydia rates increased for the first time in 4 years with 371 cases per 100,000 people, up from 365 the previous year.
  • Data from 2015 shows instances of Gonorrhea, the most widely spread STD nationwide, will affect approximately 94 people per 100,000 in Connecticut.
  • Females age 20-29 have the highest cases of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in CT.
  • The infection rate of primary and secondary Syphilis has nearly doubled in 11 years. In 2015 there were 92 cases were reported, up from 84 cases the year before and 55 in 2004.
  • White males age 20-24 are more likely to contract Syphilis in CT, with a rate of 3 per 100,000 men statewide.

Over the past 20 years the state has consistently seen a decrease in the rates of Gonorrhea, while Chlamydia was on the rise up until 2015. Meanwhile, the rates for Syphilis have bounced around over the past two decades. The lowest rates occurred in 2000, followed by a steady increase beginning in 2004. The state has not seen an infection rate for Syphilis this high since 1996.

The rate of newly diagnosed HIV cases has been on a steady decline, with people between the age of 20-29 having the highest infection rates at 33% statewide. However, with many budget cuts happening recently statewide, and minimal access to free STD testing, the numbers for HIV and Syphilis rates will probably rise.

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STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Connecticut

Surprisingly, not every state requires public schools to have a sexual education class that teaches children about the anatomy of their body and how to practice safe sex. Thankfully, though, Connecticut is one of the states where sex ed is not only required, they do a fairly decent job at it too.

The prominence of decent sexual education in the state likely plays a role in the lower rate of STD and HIV cases. Beginning early in grade school, children throughout CT are taught about their body and well-being, as well as age-appropriate information on sexual health. By 9th grade, most schools in the state have taught children how to apply a condom to avoid STD’s, HIV, and pregnancy. Connecticut is one of 5 states in this nation to have the lowest teen birth rates.

Regardless of practicing safe sex, it is still important that yourself and your partner undergo routine testing. This is especially true for Herpes and HIV, which do not require sexual contact in order to become infected. Finding out if you have HIV is quick and should be done every 6 months since it can take time for the virus to settle in your body and show up in the lab work.

Since Herpes usually doesn’t show symptoms for a while, it’s important to have Herpes testing done routinely so you are aware if you have the virus. The Herpes test is also quick and can be done at the same time you have HIV testing.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Connecticut

Between the states liberal views and decent sex ed in schools, it’s not surprising that STD rates are on the lower side compared to the rest of the nation. However, many people find it difficult or embarrassing to talk to their primary care doctor about getting tested for STD’s. Combine that with the lack of free STD testing clinics statewide and high poverty rates, many folks haven’t been able to afford the sexual health care they need.

While some STD rates in CT are on the decline, the number of Syphilis cases are still rising. The CDC has released statistics suggesting that the increase of Syphilis rates is partly due to sexual preferences, while a local study has mentioned the correlation between rising Syphilis rates in Connecticut and the metropolitan cities in neighboring states. In Connecticut, white males between the age of 20 and 29 have the highest rates of Syphilis throughout the state, with 3 diagnosed cases out of every 100,000 people in 2015. The infection rate for Syphilis has not been this high since 1996.

Although gender does not specifically play a role in contracting STD’s, there is a higher instance of certain sexually transmitted diseases for both men and women. Statistically, females are found to have a higher rate of Chlamydia because they undergo routine pelvic exams that detect Chlamydia.

Men generally only get tested when they have symptoms, which means they are more likely to pass on an STD to their partners unknowingly. Since many STD’s do not present symptoms, the infection goes undiagnosed and untreated. This is why it is important to have an STD test done every time you have a new partner or if you have multiple partners, even if symptoms are not present.

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Sexual health care is essential to your well-being, so it’s important that you know about the confidential options available to you. Having an STD test done is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of, it’s a mature decision to make for your body.

With the CDC reporting an increase in STD rates across the country, and Syphilis cases on the rise in CT, it’s crucial to consider calling to schedule an appointment for STD and HIV testing. Whether or not you have any symptoms, or even just to have peace of mind, a simple phone call and a quick 20-minute visit to the lab to complete your tests is all it takes. You’ll leave with a sense of relief knowing that you’re doing the right thing for you and your partner.

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