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The visit

You can come to HC1 any time during the days and hours we are open. There are no appointments for STD tests. Just drop in! Depending on the day, how long you have to wait can change. If you want to be sure you're seen, come earlier in the day rather than later.

When you get to HC1, you'll be greeted by someone at the front window. They will ask some questions and you will complete a registration form. The receptionist will also ask to see your ID. To make sure your personal information on this form is kept private, the receptionist will give you a numbered ticket. While at the clinic, the staff will refer to you by the number on the ticket rather than your name. This is to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

You can relax in the waiting room until your ticket number is called. When your number is called, you will first see someone who will draw your blood for testing. Next, you will be placed in an exam room and seen by a doctor or nurse. The doctor or nurse will ask about your sexual history, explain the exam process, do a full STD test, and perform lab tests as needed. If you need it they will give you medication.

If you have an STD, another staff person may speak to you for counseling. This includes a chat about how to talk to your sexual partners about your STD diagnosis and how to prevent new STDs.

What to expect
Getting tested for STDs or HIV can be scary. We want you to know your visit will be 100% confidential. This means we can’t tell your mom, dad, sister or aunt what happens when you get tested. We want to try and make you as relaxed as possible during your visit. Read below so you have an idea of what will happen during your visit.
Medical services

STD Testing & Services
Walk-in services are offered at Philadelphia's Health Center 1 (HC1) and Health Center 5 (HC5). You can get testing and treatment for common STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes, syphilis and trichomoniasis. All services are confidential and free of charge.

The Centers do STD tests at their sites, provide medicine, and offer STD education. They also help with letting your partners know about STDs and treatment services.
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B immunization series are available for those who have not had it before.

HPV immunization is available to all patients 26 and under.
HIV Testing
The Health Centers also serve as counseling, testing and referral centers for HIV. Both sites use the rapid HIV test so patients will get their test results before leaving the clinic.

Partner services

Tell Your Partners

Knowledge is power. If you've been told that you have an STD or HIV, it is time to make important decisions about your health.

We know that being told you have an STD or HIV can be tough. We are here to help. There may be some hard things you will have to figure out. One of the hardest things is how to tell people you've had any kind of sexual contact with or anyone you shared a needle with that they might be infected and should be tested. This way, if they are infected, they can get help and treatment too. Remember, for some STDs (like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis), you can get it again if you have sex with a partner who has not been treated.

We have a free program with trained staff that can help you talk to your partners, and can even tell your partners for you without letting anyone know who told them. Your name will be kept secret. At no point will our staff tell your partners your name or anything that might give away who you are.

Our staff is highly trained to talk your partners in person with understanding, sensitivity, and kindness. Once your partners are told, the staff person will then help them find a doctor that can give them a test at low or no cost. If they have something, they will get them treatment.

Even if you only have very little information about your partners - like a screen name, social media handle, nickname, or physical description and hangout location - our staff can usually find them.

Why is informing your partner important?

Telling your partners can help stop the spread of STDs and HIV in your community. This can keep your friends and others you care about safe. If your partners aren't told that they are exposed to disease, they may not get tested or get the medical care they need to stay alive and healthy. Also, if your partners (or their partners) are pregnant and don't get treatment, the unborn baby can be harmed.

If this is a service you would like to learn more about or use, please talk with your doctor or medical provider.
If you want to speak to a specialist about talking to your partner, please call 215-685-6585.


Worried about Mom or Dad finding out?

Health Centers 1 and 5 are free and confidential. This means that everything that happens at the clinic, stays at the clinic. The staff won't talk to your parents or anyone without your permission (seriously!).

Releasing your information without your permission is a very serious matter. Your records are always kept private. This means that any information that has to do with services provided at the clinic is kept secret. It can and will only be given out to your doctor or parents if you ask us to do so.

Know your rights. To learn more about health privacy please visit the Health Information Privacy page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.