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No appointment necessary these days and times

MGH Cox 5
55 Fruit Street, Boston
T, Th, F: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
W: 1-3 p.m.

Chelsea Health Center
151 Everett Avenue, Chelsea
T: 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
Th: 3-6 p.m.

Screening Guidelines

Sexually transmitted diseases are often silent, and if left undetected, can result in infertility or can be passed on to fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend regular testing for STDs depending on an individual’s sexual behavior. Blood or urine samples are used for testing.


  • Yearly screening for all sexually active females age 25 and younger.

  • Yearly screening for older women with risk factors, such as new or multiple sex partners


  • Yearly screening for women with risk factors and women who live in communities with a high incidence of STDs

  • At-risk pregnant women at the first prenatal visit

Syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and
hepatitis B

  • All pregnant women

Syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea

  • At least once a year for all men who have sex with men (MSM)

  • More frequently (at 3-6 month intervals) for MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners or have sex in conjunction with illicit drug use


  • All adults and adolescents at least once.

  • Those at high risk for HIV infection — injection drug users, persons who exchange sex for money, persons whose sex partners are HIV positive or MSM — should be tested at least yearly.