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Allegheny County Health Department

Free, at-home STI testing

  • No cost to you
  • No insurance needed
  • Discreet and confidential

Why get tested?

The majority of STIs do not show symptoms.

The CDC recommends that sexually active individuals get tested at least once a year for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

STIs are common and treatable.

Get your test.

If you live in Allegheny County, you may be eligible to get a free, at-home STI test kit. Click below to answer a few questions.

How does it work?

Allegheny County Health Department is partnering with Color to offer free, at-home test kits for chlamydia and gonorrhea. We will guide you through the entire process, but take a look at the brief program overview below to get a sense of what to expect.

Step 1

Answer a few health questions to determine if you’re eligible and what type of test you’ll receive.

Step 2

Receive your kit in the mail in 5 days. You will also receive a tracking number and the kit will come in a plain, unmarked envelope.

Or, pick up your kit at a pharmacy in Pittsburgh.

Step 3

Create a Color account so you can get updates and view your results privately.

Step 4

Take the test. The kit contains instructions, everything you need to collect a sample, and a free return mailing box and label. Don’t worry, we will guide you through it.

Step 5

Mail the test back at your nearest USPS drop box. Our clinical lab will process the sample.

Step 6

View your results in your account within a week after we receive your samples.

Can I get a kit?

You can get a free at-home chlamydia and gonorrhea test kit if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Live in Allegheny County
  • Have not been tested in the past 3 months

If you are having symptoms of chlamydia or gonorrhea or if you are pregnant, please talk to a healthcare provider. If you think that you may have been exposed recently, consider waiting 7-21 days since exposure, as tests may not accurately detect the infection.

Common questions

If you do not see your question listed below, visit Color’s STI Testing support page in English and support page in Spanish.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommend that you get screened annually for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you’re sexually active. People under the following circumstances should be tested:

  • If you have a sexual partner who has an STI
  • If you have a new sexual partner
  • If you have more than one sexual partner
  • If you have a sexual partner who has other partners
  • If you practice inconsistent condom use when not in a mutually monogamous relationship
  • If you have a previous or coexisting STI
  • If you have a history of exchanging sex for money or drugs

If you have a positive test result, a nurse or other healthcare provider from Allegheny County Health Department will call you to discuss treatment. You may also receive a call from a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) to discuss sexual partners who might have been exposed. Partner Services is a voluntary, free, and confidential service to locate partners.

People who test positive should contact the Allegheny County Public Health Clinic by calling (412) 578-8081.

Allegheny County Public Health Clinic
1908 Wylie Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15219

Additionally, it is important to discuss treatment options for you and your sexual partner(s), as well as additional testing you may need, with a healthcare provider.

Here are three options a healthcare provider may suggest:

  • Get treated
    If you test positive for an infection, both you and your sexual partner(s) should talk to a healthcare provider about treatment. Antibiotics may be recommended and in most cases can effectively treat chlamydia and gonorrhea. It is important to complete treatment before having sex to ensure that you and your partner(s) are protected.
  • Tell your partner
    You should let any sexual partners from the last three months know that you have tested positive. They may also be infected and need to get tested and treated.
  • Get retested
    You should retest after 3 months to check for reinfection and continue prevention behaviors.

If you are not currently eligible, see the CDC’s website to find free testing near you.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are both common sexually transmitted infections. They can infect both men and women. Women can get chlamydia or gonorrhea in the vagina/uterus, anus, or throat. Men can get chlamydia or gonorrhea in the urethra (inside the penis), anus, or throat.

If you test positive for an infection, both you and your sexual partner(s) should talk to a healthcare provider about treatment. Antibiotics may be recommended and in most cases can effectively treat chlamydia and gonorrhea. It is important to complete treatment before having sex to ensure that you and your partner(s) are protected.

Do I need to take a test?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommend that you get screened annually for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you’re sexually active. People under the following circumstances should be tested:

  • If you have a sexual partner who has an STI
  • If you have a new sexual partner
  • If you have more than one sexual partner
  • If you have a sexual partner who has other partners
  • If you practice inconsistent condom use when not in a mutually monogamous relationship
  • If you have a previous or coexisting STI
  • If you have a history of exchanging sex for money or drugs
What if I test positive?

If you have a positive test result, a nurse or other healthcare provider from Allegheny County Health Department will call you to discuss treatment. You may also receive a call from a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) to discuss sexual partners who might have been exposed. Partner Services is a voluntary, free, and confidential service to locate partners.

People who test positive should contact the Allegheny County Public Health Clinic by calling (412) 578-8081.

Allegheny County Public Health Clinic
1908 Wylie Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15219

Additionally, it is important to discuss treatment options for you and your sexual partner(s), as well as additional testing you may need, with a healthcare provider.

Here are three options a healthcare provider may suggest:

  • Get treated
    If you test positive for an infection, both you and your sexual partner(s) should talk to a healthcare provider about treatment. Antibiotics may be recommended and in most cases can effectively treat chlamydia and gonorrhea. It is important to complete treatment before having sex to ensure that you and your partner(s) are protected.
  • Tell your partner
    You should let any sexual partners from the last three months know that you have tested positive. They may also be infected and need to get tested and treated.
  • Get retested
    You should retest after 3 months to check for reinfection and continue prevention behaviors.
What if I’m not eligible for this test?

If you are not currently eligible, see the CDC’s website to find free testing near you.

What are chlamydia and gonorrhea?

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are both common sexually transmitted infections. They can infect both men and women. Women can get chlamydia or gonorrhea in the vagina/uterus, anus, or throat. Men can get chlamydia or gonorrhea in the urethra (inside the penis), anus, or throat.

What is the treatment?

If you test positive for an infection, both you and your sexual partner(s) should talk to a healthcare provider about treatment. Antibiotics may be recommended and in most cases can effectively treat chlamydia and gonorrhea. It is important to complete treatment before having sex to ensure that you and your partner(s) are protected.

Helpful resources

If you’d like to learn more about STIs and why testing is important, visit any of the sources below.

CDC Fact Sheet on STDs

Chlamydia CDC Fact Sheet

Gonorrhea CDC Fact Sheet

How You Can Prevent STDs

Support

Free support is available daily from 9 AM to 8 PM EST.
If you need support, please contact Color at patients@color.com or phone at (833) 241-8824.
Visit our support page in English and in Spanish.

Interested in partnering with Color?

References

Leah H. Keller, Guttmacher Institute, “Reducing STI Cases: Young People Deserve Better Sexual Health Information and Services”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Which STD Tests Should I Get?”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Diseases & Related Conditions”