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Walk-in STD testing offered by county
Walk-in STD testing offered by county

Sarasota County, Florida -- As part of the “Get Yourself Tested - GYT” national campaign, the Sarasota County Health Department (SCHD) now offers STD testing for sexually transmitted diseases, including  chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV, on a walk-in basis with very little wait time.

These services are available at the health department’s downtown Sarasota location, 2200 Ringling Blvd., in Room 1106.

Hours for walk-in STD testing are Mondays 1-4 p.m., Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.-noon and Thursdays 1-6 p.m.

There is no charge for testing, and teens are welcome.

The OraQuick® Rapid HIV Antibody Test, which involves a finger poke to get a small blood sample, provides preliminary test results in about 20 minutes. Urine testing is available for detecting gonorrhea and chlamydia infection. Syphilis testing is done through a blood draw. Testing for other STDs is available by appointment.   

These stepped-up efforts to make STD testing easier are in response to the staggering rate of sexually transmitted infections among youth.

“There is a silent epidemic of gonorrhea, chlamydia and other STDs. People may not have symptoms, but may be infected and able to spread the diseases to others,” says Sarasota County Health Department Medical Executive Director William Heymann, M.D.