SAN DIEGO — (02-23-22) — The San Diego LGBT Center announced on Wednesday that they are now offering free testing and treatment services for sexually transmitted infections, with hopes of lowering local rates that have grown at an alarming rate over the past few years.

“Anyone who wants to receive a free STI screening can access this service at The Center without fear of judgment,” says Cara Dessert, CEO, The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

San Diegans can test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hepatitis C, and HIV. Results are typically available for pick up within 48 hours, but rapid testing is available for Hepatitis C and HIV.

According to the CDC, more than 2.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2019, which is a 30% increase from 2015.

The LGBT Center said the new STI services will be free to all San Diegans beginning March 1. The LGBT Community Center is open for limited in-person services, Monday – Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

To make an appointment, call 619-800-4252 or send an email to

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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