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What are the STI test options in Merced,CA?

Scenic Merced, smack dab in the heart of The Golden State’s enormous Central Valley. California’s most productive agricultural region, and genesis of countless cultural icons. It gets its name from the Merced river and lends its nomenclature to Metropolitan statistical area; which it shares with Modesto California. It also shares Modesto’s rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

The stunning fertile valley of Merced suffers from vicious STD and STI transmission rates. Since 2013 there has been a 45% increase in diagnosis of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). That is a leap of more than 300,000 new infections in that time. Worse still, in 2017 alone there were more than 30 stillbirths attributed to congenital syphilis in California. The highest it has been in nearly a quarter of a century. Doctors in Merced County are concerned that not enough of the public is being regularly tested, furthering the spread of virulent disease.

Options in prevention, detection, and treatment for the people of Merced are available. There are a handful of clinics north of the 99, close to Parsons, and there is Merced County Health Department where 140 hits the 99.

Free or affordable screening may be available at some clinics. Particularly around April, which is sexually transmitted disease awareness month. Locations often offer same day testing and can provide results in as little as 1-2 days. Students of Merced Community College on M street may have even more options available to them. Check your campus calendar for local STD events.

To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Merced clinics with our easy-to-read chart.

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What STD tests do I need?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 (CDC) recommends screening for the most common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, herpes 1, herpes 2, and HIV for both men and women. In addition, the CDC suggests women get screened for trichomoniasis.

SaferSTD recommends searching for locations that offer a 10-test panel which tests for the most common bacteria and viral STDs in the U.S. with additional premium add-ons like early HIV detection, if needed.

When should I get tested?

The CDC2 provides detailed STD testing information as to when you should get tested. In summary, you should get tested today if you are sexually active, never been tested before, have had unprotected sex in the past, or if you exhibit symptoms. 

According to the World Health Organization3, the majority of STI cases reported every day, more than one million, are asymptomatic; another reason to get tested today.

You should get tested again in 90 days to rule out STDs that have specific exposure waiting times, including HIV.

How are STD tests done?

STD testing can be a quick and simple process, depending on the type of test you choose and where you get tested. Some may require an oral or genital swab, a urine test or blood sample, or a physical exam to check your genital area for signs of an STD.

SaferSTD has identified preferred providers that require only a urine test, a blood sample, or both without a physical exam.

How fast do I get my results?

The speed at which you receive your STD testing results depends on where you get tested. Before you choose your location, find out how long testing results will take. 

At-home STD testing results are usually 3-5 business days, depending on the manufacturer of your test. You also need to take into account the amount of time it takes to receive the test or pick one up, perform the test, and ship it back, before the lab can analyze your results and report back to you. 

If you test at a public facility such as a neighborhood clinic, you may have to wait a week, if not more for the results, which could delay treatment. If you test through a private facility, they have the fastest turnaround within 1-3 business days. 

SaferSTD has researched and identified the most accredited and most reputable testing locations. Click here to find a preferred location near you.

What same-day testing locations are available in Merced, CA?

Some STD testing clinics offer same-day walk-in options without an appointment. Below are nearby preferred locations that offer this option.

How much will STD testing cost in Merced, CA?

The cost of STD testing depends on whether you select private, public, or at-home testing, as well as the type of test(s) you need.

Several at-home STD options and public testing locations can cost up to $250, with most on the higher end, depending on the brand and type of testing. Public testing fees also vary based on income and welfare eligibility. 

With private testing, you may save money on a low-cost comprehensive 10-test panel that tests for the most common bacterial and viral STDs in the United States. 

SaferSTD has researched and identified reputable locations that offer upfront pricing without hidden fees. Click here to find a preferred location near you.

What STD test option is best for me in Merced, CA?

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Where else can I get tested in Merced, CA?

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Quest Diagnostics

240 East 13th Street Merced, CA 95340
1-800-666-1250
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Thursday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Saturday Closed
    • Sunday Closed
  • Available Tests:
  • Chlamydia Test
  • Syphilis Test
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Hepatitis A Test
  • Hepatitis B Test
  • Hepatitis C Test
  • Herpes Test
  • HIV Early Detection
  • Trichomoniasis Test
  • HIV Test

Accredited and Certified

These location types are best for: Privacy and convenience

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)
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1.25 mile

Quest Diagnostics

857 W Childs Ave Merced, CA 95341
1-800-666-1250
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Thursday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Saturday Closed
    • Sunday Closed
  • Available Tests:
  • Chlamydia Test
  • Syphilis Test
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Hepatitis A Test
  • Hepatitis B Test
  • Hepatitis C Test
  • Herpes Test
  • HIV Early Detection
  • Trichomoniasis Test
  • HIV Test

Accredited and Certified

These location types are best for: Privacy and convenience

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)
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Accredited and Certified
1.76 mile

Quest Diagnostics

3377 G Street Merced, CA 95340
1-800-666-1250
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 5:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Tuesday: 5:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Wednesday: 5:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Thursday: 5:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Friday: 5:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Saturday: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sunday Closed
  • Available Tests:
  • Chlamydia Test
  • Syphilis Test
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Hepatitis A Test
  • Hepatitis B Test
  • Hepatitis C Test
  • Herpes Test
  • HIV Early Detection
  • Trichomoniasis Test
  • HIV Test

Accredited and Certified

These location types are best for: Privacy and convenience

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. Doctor consultation available 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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7.70 mile

Quest Diagnostics - Employer Drug Screens Not Offered

1271 Commerce Ave Atwater, CA 95301
1-800-666-1250
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Thursday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Saturday Closed
    • Sunday Closed
  • Available Tests:
  • Chlamydia Test
  • Syphilis Test
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Hepatitis A Test
  • Hepatitis B Test
  • Hepatitis C Test
  • Herpes Test
  • HIV Early Detection
  • Trichomoniasis Test
  • HIV Test

Accredited and Certified

These location types are best for: Privacy and convenience

Description: Get Fast, Easy and Affordable testing at this location. Results come back within 2 business days and be in and out of the lab in less then 20 minutes.

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

Merced County Department of Public Health

260 E 15th St Merced, CA 95340
209-381-102-3
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 9:00am-6:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Public Health Department/Social Services Department.

1.15 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Merced Suites Center)

847 W Childs Ave Merced, CA 95341
209-383-744-1
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-8:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-8:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-8:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-8:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Saturday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Registration as patient needed for HIV testing. Some services free for those who qualify for Family Pact services.

1.16 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Merced Womens Health)

797 W Childs Ave Merced, CA 95341
209-383-587-1
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 7:30am-5:30pm
    • Tuesday: 7:30am-5:30pm
    • Wednesday: 7:30am-5:30pm
    • Thursday: 7:30am-5:30pm
    • Friday: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Registration as patient needed for HIV testing. Some services free for those who qualify for Family Pact services.

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1.25 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Merced O'Banion Center)

401 Lesher Dr Merced, CA 95348
209-381-411-4
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 1:00pm-6:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00pm-6:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Registration as patient needed for HIV testing. Some services free for those who qualify for Family Pact services.

1.32 mile

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (Merced Health Center)

3166 Collins Dr Merced, CA 95348
209-723-775-1
  • Hours
    Office 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
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Rapid HIV Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Donations Accepted,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • PrEP for uninsured,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Social Service Organization. You are welcome to walk in any time the Health Center is open to make an appointment or see if there is a same day appointment available

2.64 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Merced Northview Center)

3940 Sandpiper Ave Merced, CA 95340
209-722-484-2
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted
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8.96 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Planada Medical Center)

9235 E Broadway St Planada, CA 95365
209-382-025-3
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Registration as a patient needed for HIV testing. Some services free for those who qualify for Family Pact services.

13.72 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Le Grand Medical Center)

13161 Jefferson St Le Grand, CA 95333
209-389-190-0
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted
14.10 mile

Livingston Community Health (Wolves Wellness Center)

1617 Main St Livingston, CA 95334 Hilmar
833-850-350-0
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Closed for lunch from 12noon-1pm

14.94 mile

Livingston Community Health (Livingston Community Health Campus)

600 B St Livingston, CA 95334
833-850-350-0
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-9:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-9:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-9:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-9:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Closed for lunch from 12noon-1pm

17.57 mile

Camarena Health (Chowchilla Health Center)

300 Prosperity Ave Chowchilla, CA 93610
559-664-400-0
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 7:15am-6:30pm
    • Tuesday: 7:15am-6:30pm
    • Wednesday: 7:15am-6:30pm
    • Thursday: 7:15am-8:00pm
    • Friday: 7:15am-5:00pm
    • Saturday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted
18.64 mile

Livingston Community Health (Delhi Health Center)

16233 King St Delhi, CA 95315 Livingston
833-850-350-0
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Closed for lunch from 12noon-1pm

21.26 mile

Livingston Community Health (Hilmar Health Center)

7970 Lander Ave Ste A/B Hilmar, CA 95324 Livingston
833-850-350-0
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Closed for lunch from 12noon-1pm

23.24 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Dos Palos Center)

1405 California Ave Dos Palos, CA 93620
209-722-484-2
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:30pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Some services free for those who qualify for Family Pact.

24.06 mile

Golden Valley Health Centers (Turlock - Olive Avenue)

1141 N Olive Ave Turlock, CA 95382
209-667-274-9
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Some services free for those who qualify for Family Pact services.

24.28 mile

Livingston Community Health (Turlock Health Center)

800 Delbon Ave Turlock, CA 95382 Waterford
833-850-350-0
  • Hours
    Office hours:
    • Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tests available:
  • Chlamydia Test,
  • Conventional HIV Test,
  • Gonorrhea Test,
  • HPV Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine,
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine,
  • Herpes Test,
  • Syphilis Test
  • Fee Information:
  • Low Cost,
  • Medicaid Accepted,
  • Sliding Scale,
  • Medicare Accepted,
  • Fee Based,
  • Insurance Accepted

Description: Closed for lunch from 12noon-1pm

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STD STATISTICS

STD Statistics In Merced County, CA

266,353

Population

1,264

STD Cases

474.6

STD Rate per 100,000 people

STD Breakdown

Statistics reported is based on publicly available data sources such as CDC for Merced County, CA. Data is normalized to accurately report Merced County STD Breakdown.
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Additional STD Test Statistics in Merced, CA

STD rates in California are the worst they have been in two decades. National statistics show a rise in STDs, and California is worse with this including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Cases have increased over 10 percent in California for the three STIs since 2014 which was the worst previous year. Here are rates for chlamydia.

  • 479 per 100,000 in the United States
  • 486 per 100,000 in California

Recent statistics shows that chlamydia and syphilis rates are on the rise in Merced county.

The rise of cases of syphilis in particular in the county is drawing the attention of health officials.

They aim to stop the spread of STDs through education and increased awareness. The county recorded 23 cases of syphilis in 2016, up from 16 in 2015 and 14 the year before, according to the health department.

STD cases overall have been rising in Merced County. Younger people more likely to contract a disease, including syphilis.

“There’s no single reason as to why youth get syphilis more,” said a county spokesperson. One reason is this is the age where individuals first start having sex.

People are either not being aware or not being consistent with using protection. In 2016 the county health department reported 1,153 cases of chlamydia and 323 of gonorrhea. That compared to 1,117 for chlamydia and 338 for gonorrhea in 2015, and 1,036 and 188, respectively, the year before. Lowering the rate of syphilis while detecting it at the earliest stage possible has been a high priority for the health department.

Syphilis is most infectious in the first 12 months after contraction. The city’s health department is being proactive in addressing the risk of early syphilis.

The health department has been evaluating the stages of reported cases of syphilis in the county. It has also been identifying sex partners of a patient and treating them so the chain of disease can stop.

The health department also is paying attention to cases of congenital syphilis. This is spread when a pregnant woman with syphilis passes the infection to her child.  The infection could be fatal to the baby. It can cause bone deformities and brain and nerve problems.

Graph of std rates in merced california from 2014

CLINICS

Low Cost or Free STD Testing Clinics Near Merced,CA

Top STD Testing Locations in  MercedCA

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Golden Valley HealthCenters

STD Testing at 797 W Childs Ave, Merced, CA 95341, USA

Qualifications

The STD testing services are available through the women's health program and as such may only be available to females. Free STD testing may be available through payment assistance on a sliding scale according to income and family size.

Treatment Options

The clinic offers treatment as well as testing and can offer prescriptions and ongoing care through its doctors on staff.

Summary

Patrons of the Golden Valley Health Centers have complained about the network of clinics growing into something unmanageable, however, there has been particular praise for doctors at the women's health facility in Merced, CA where STD testing is available.

ADDRESS

797 W Childs Ave, Merced, CA 95341, USA

CONTACT

WEBSITE

STD Testing at Golden Valley HealthCenters

HOURS

  • Monday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

TESTS OFFERRED

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HPV
  • Herpes
  • Genital Warts

UC Merced Health Services

STD Testing at 5200 Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95340, USA

Qualifications

You may have to be associated with the university such as through the alumni or be registered as a student or prospective student in order to access health services including STD testing. Fees are applicable but you can check if free STD testing can be sought through your insurance plan or if financial assistance is available.

Treatment Options

Treatment is available through Health Services, including prescriptions and medication and education to prevent future infections.

Summary

UC Health Services is a convenient resource for students who live in Merced, CA and can be accessed if you are a student but the options it may offer those not affiliated with the university are limited.

ADDRESS

5200 Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95340, USA

CONTACT

WEBSITE

STD Testing at UC Merced Health Services

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
  • Saaturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
The clinic is not open on university holidays.

TESTS OFFERRED

  • HIV
  • HPV
  • Genital Warts
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis

MercedHealth Center

STD Testing at 3166 Collins Dr, Merced, CA 95348, USA

Qualifications

Free STD testing may be available depending on your financial status. In some instances, you will be able to use insurance coverage.

Treatment Options

Vaccines are available for HPV, hepatitis A and B and the clinic also provides STD prevention education and counseling. The center may also be able to provide you with antibiotics or another form of treatment for some STDs or give you a referral if appropriate.

Summary

Located in Merced, CA, residents may find this a preferential option but wait times can be long as the staff appears to be over-stretched.

ADDRESS

3166 Collins Dr, Merced, CA 95348, USA

CONTACT

WEBSITE

STD Testing at MercedHealth Center

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
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
The clinic is closed on major holidays.

TESTS OFFERRED

  • Chlamydia
  • Genitalwarts
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Merced County Public Health Department

STD Testing at 260 E 15th St, Merced, CA 95341, USA

Qualifications

HIV testing is available to county residents, if you are resident outside of the county it is advised you check for eligibility in advance as well as qualification for free STD testing.

Treatment Options

Treatment is available through the clinic at Merced, CA including ongoing management of your medical needs should you be diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.

Summary

The clinic is conveniently located for Merced, CA residents looking for HIV testing but it is unclear if free HIV testing is available and wider STD testing may need to be sought elsewhere.

ADDRESS

260 E 15th St, Merced, CA 95341, USA

CONTACT

WEBSITE

STD Testing at Merced County Public Health Department

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

TESTS OFFERRED

  • HIV
  • TB

NewmanMedicalCenter

STD Testing at 637 Merced St, Newman, CA 95360, USA

Qualifications

Free STD testing may be available according to your financial means taking into account income and family size, ask the clinic for more details.

Treatment Options

Vaccines for HPV and hepatitis B are available as well as treatment for certain STDs and primary care for more advanced cases of infection. counseling and education on prevention is also available.

Summary

While the health center is a fair distance from Merced, CA, the facility has been noted for its doctors and staff who have been known to be thorough as well as informative.

ADDRESS

637 Merced St, Newman, CA 95360, USA

CONTACT

WEBSITE

STD Testing at NewmanMedicalCenter

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

TESTS OFFERRED

  • HIV
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • TB

Pinnacle Health Care

STD Testing at 285 Mercey Springs Rd Suite A, Los Banos, CA 93635, USA

Qualifications

There are no pre-cursers for accessing STD testing at Pinnacle Healthcare. Fees may apply for tests, although financial assistance may also be available on a sliding scale.

Treatment Options

You can access treatment for certain STDs and a prescription for medication. The clinic can also refer you for more in-depth primary care needs with a local provider.

Summary

For urgent care, the center will see you on appointment only, but with a 33-mile proximity to Merced, CA it may not be the closest facility for urgency. Reviews suggest the service is not as fast as might be expected from an urgent care facility.

ADDRESS

285 Mercey Springs Rd Suite A, Los Banos, CA 93635, USA

CONTACT

WEBSITE

STD Testing at Pinnacle Health Care

HOURS

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

TESTS OFFERRED

  • HIV
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Genital Warts
  • Herpes
Sexual Health Education

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Merced, CA

Comprehensive sex education is the law in California. This means that all public schools in California are required by law to teach comprehensive sex education and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school.

Comprehensive sex education includes learning about anatomy and birth control. It also means students are taught about healthy relationships, decision-making, and more.

This sex education should give students information to make healthy decisions about relationships and sexual and reproductive health. The sex education curriculum in school should include information about:

  • Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sex trafficking
  • Health relationships
  • Adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual coercion
  • Sexual orientation and sexuality
  • Gender identity, gender roles, and gender stereotypes
  • Consent, communication, and healthy decision-making
  • HIV prevention and other STD prevention including testing and treatment
  • Pregnancy prevention, parenting, adoption, and abortion

It is the right of a student to get this information in schools. A group called Teen Source asks students if they are actually getting comprehensive sex education at school.

Teen Source provides students with a questionnaire online to fill out to say if they have not received sex education covering all of the above. Teen Source also gives students a chance to explain if they have received information that is not accurate.

Planned Parenthood in Merced has been using their education outreach as a way to prevent the spread of STDs. They spend a lot of our time in Merced County focused on community education. Through working with local partners and schools, Planned Parenthood reaches a broad age range.There still are areas where STD education isn’t as prevalent.

Legislation passed in California, AB 329, requires sexual health and HIV prevention education in public schools. This has helped Planned Parenthood reach more youth, but there still are young adults in their 20s who lack information.

A lot of people in college have limited info because they had limited or no sex education. It’s still a big issue in families where people don’t talk about it or it’s considered taboo. Planned Parenthood offers education services to anybody in the community. This can be a family, small group, or class.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Merced, CA

A look at demographics can help our understanding of STI rates in your city and region. The demographic that is most likely to be infected and least likely to get tested is people 25 and younger.  Some experts blame the rates of STDs in this demographic in part on the use of new hook up apps that lead to casual sex among people 25 and younger.

Concerning the jump in the state for STDs, officials are not sure of all the reasons. People are not using condoms regularly so this could lead to the higher STD rates. People are going without testing and treatment and unknowingly spreading STDs. This is another possible reason for the higher rates.

We also see reports that STD prevention systems have been weakened because local and state clinics have reduced capacity or closed in the last few years. This also contributes to higher STI rates.

HIV diagnoses were 85 percent for men having sex with men in 2013. Gay men saw the highest rates for STDs.  Twice as many women suffer from chlamydia compared to men.

Men suffer in higher numbers than women from other STDs including syphilis and HIV. STD rates also are generally higher in areas with a high poverty rate.

STI Testing Resources in Merced, CA

There are STI testing resources available in your city and county. You can go to an area hospital, local lab or online service, or Planned Parenthood/Merced Health Center as some of the options.  A Planned Parenthood Center offers:

  • Conventional HIV Blood Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Herpes Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine

Concerning the Planned Parenthood location, know that if you are uninsured, you may qualify for a state-funded program or a lower fee scale. Bring a photo ID with you. Know also that fees for services are based on your household incomes. You will not be turned away because of your inability to pay.

Planned Parenthood launched an app in California to encourage people to get STD testing. Through the app men and women can order chlamydia and gonorrhea tests.

If you are embarrassed to be seen at Planned Parenthood you could consider the hospital or urgent care option. No one will know why you are there. Yet another option is a private service such as PlushCare.

You order your STD tests. Then you visit a local lab.

Then you get results via email in three business days or less. When you order you choose the tests you want to order.

You can also use the STD Check private service. This service is advertised as being 100 percent confidential. All tests are FDA approved. Same day testing is also available. Five-minute testing is an option with results in one to two days.

STD Check does not accept insurance. This way your testing results are not reported to your insurance company. This service provides a free phone consultation with a doctor for every test where you have a positive result.

Better Sexual Health in Merced, CA

Whether you go to an urgent care center, hospital, clinic, Planned Parenthood, counsellor or nurse at an area high school, or an online service, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment. While STD rates are high in your area, help is available in your area in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective.

Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you, especially with the staff at Planned Parenthood or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom.

You can go to a counsellor or nurse at Merced High School for information about STDs, testing, and treatment. Mercy Medical Center can also help. Here are links to resources mentioned above.

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