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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
County of Lake Health Services operates a robust Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program which monitors, surveys, and educates with the mission of reducing STD impact on the health and well-being of our community.
County of Lake Health Services would like to provide you with some new updates about free home sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing platforms.
These platforms allow users to order STI testing kits and have them shipped to their house where they can do the test in privacy. After completing the STI test, you will be asked to send samples back through the mail using the supplied mailer and wait for the results through the platform. All STI test kits are based off eligibility and privacy is secured.
Please visit the following to find out more about each STI Home Testing platform:
Offering free HIV/STI, PrEP panel and Hepatitis C test Kits based on eligibility. All kits will be delivered in discreet packaging, you can order the test and it can be delivered anywhere USPS delivers.
STI Testing Recommendations
STI are often asymptomatic - this means that you could have an STI but might not feel or see any symptoms, like pain, discharge or rash. For this reason, getting tested regularly for STIs is important, even if you feel well. County of Lake Health Services recommends STI testing based on your age, gender, and the gender of your sex partners.
These guidelines will help you determine what tests you need if you don't have any STI symptoms. Our experienced staff can help you with this too. Depending on your situation, we may recommend that you get tested for other infections or that you get tested more frequently.
If you are 25 years or younger and are having sex, you should be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea once each year and for HIV at least once in your life.
If you are older than 25 years, you should be tested for HIV at least once in your life.
If you are pregnant, you should be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV in the first trimester of your pregnancy, and again in the third trimester if you are at higher risk of STI. In addition, you should be tested for syphilis at least twice during pregnancy: once at your first visit (ideally during the first trimester) and again during the third trimester (ideally between 28 to 32 weeks).
If you are HIV positive, you should also be tested for trichomoniasis (trich) once each year.
You should be tested for HIV at least once in your life. Testing for other STI, like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is recommended only in certain situations, for instance, if you've had one of those infections in the past, have a partner with an STI, or you live in an area where your chances of getting an STI are high.
Your blood should be tested for syphilis and HIV every three months. You should also get urine, oral swab, and rectal swab tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea every three months.
Your blood should be tested for syphilis and HIV every three months. You should also get urine or vaginal swab tests, as well as oral and rectal swab tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea every three months.
Local resources are available to help you get tested for HIV, answer your questions, and navigate HIV prevention and treatment services:
Clearlake Health Center
(Operated by Planned Parenthood)
14671 Olympic Drive
Clearlake, CA 95422
Adventist Health Clear Lake
15630 18th Avenue
Clearlake, CA 95422
Sutter Lakeside Community Clinic
5196 Hill Road E
Lakeport, CA 95453