STD Testing and Treatment
What is this service?
Public Health provides friendly, low-cost, and confidential (private) STD testing, treatment, and education. You can get an STD test, get treatment if needed, and learn how to protect yourself and your partners from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)—such as chlamydia, ghonorrhea, syphilis and others.
Who can use this service?
Anyone can use this service.
Is there a charge for this service?
You may be eligible for no-cost services if you are eligible for Family PACT, Medi-Cal, CenCal or Medicare. For all others, fees are based on a sliding scale. You may choose to pay by cash.
When and where is this service offered?
STD tests and treatment are available during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.
Services are provided by appointment only at the Morro Bay and Paso Robles locations below.
Walk-in testing is available at the San Luis Obispo location Mondays, 9:30-11:00, and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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Monday 8-11, Thursday 8-5 (805) 781-4878
2180 Johnson Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
723 Walnut Drive Paso Robles, CA 93446
Tel: (805) 237-3050
Fax: (805) 237-3057
Frequently Asked Questions
How often and for what should I be tested?
Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. If you are sexually active or ever have been, getting tested regularly is an important part of taking care of your health. It's the first step to getting treatment if you need it. It's especially important to get tested if you've had unprotected sex or if you find out that your partner has an STD. It's also important to get tested if you experience symptoms that could be caused by an STD, although many STDs have only mild symptoms. (Two of the most common STDs—chlamydia and gonorrhea—often don’t have any noticeable symptoms but can have permanent negative effects if they don’t get treated with antibiotics.) Talk with a healthcare provider about what tests you may need. You can contact one of our clinics (at the locations above) to talk about testing options or make an appointment.
Can you provide treatment for my partner?
If you are diagnosed with an STD and are sexually active, your partner(s) should also be tested and get treatment if needed. If your partner is unable or unlikely to seek medical care, a program called patient-delivered partner treatment may enable you to give your partner medicine to treat the STD. You can contact one of our clinics (at the locations above) to talk about this option and make an appointment to get tested.
Where can I get more information on specific STDs?
The CDC provides some great, disease-specific fact sheets to tell you everything you need to know about STDs. Bedsider.org also provides clear, relevant information on the most common STDs, including HPV, chlamydia and gonorrhea.