Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections generally acquired by sexual contact. The organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases may pass from person to person in blood, semen, precum, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. Examples of STDs include: HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, human papilloma virus (HPV), among others.

If you’re a guy that likes to fool around with other guys, annual testing for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea is recommended. HIV and syphilis can be life-threatening if untreated, and chlamydia and gonorrhea can put you at greater risk of acquiring HIV and other STDs.

See your doctor for STD testing if you have any signs of an STD, such as:

  • Genital sores, including fluid-filled blisters, ulcerations or warts
  • Unusual discharge from your penis
  • Burning or irritation when you urinate

The most common signs and symptoms of an STD are NO SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS. Many people are unaware that they have HIV or an STD until they have a positive test result.

Ask for HIV/STD testing if you think you need it. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and what tests you’d like.  Don’t assume that you’re receiving HIV/STD testing every time you have a male exam or blood test.

You may find that you should be tested more frequently than once a year. How often you get tested is dependent upon the types of sexual activities you engage in, how often you engage in those sexual activities, the number of partners you have, and whether or not you’ve had a recent exposure to an STD. Open and honest discussions with your healthcare provider can help you determine how often you should be getting tested.

HIV and or STD testing can be conducted at any one of our 5 clinics found below.


Clinic sites:

  • Vale Terrace
    1000 Vale Terrace, Vista CA 92084
  • Grapevine
    134 Grapevine Road, Vista CA 92083
  • Pier View Way
    818 Pier View Way, Oceanside CA 92054
  • Horne Street
    517 N. Horne Street, Oceanside CA 92054
  • North River Road
    at Libby Lake Community Center
    4700 North River Road, Oceanside CA 92057

HIV Testing Drop-in Hours:

  • North County LGBTQ Resoure Center
    510 North Coast Highway, Oceanside Ca 92054
    5-7:30pm every Wednesday and Friday


If you would like to set up a testing appointment, click here to contact us.

If you need help finding resources closer to you, click here.

For free STD testing reminders every 3 or 6 months via email, text or both, visit