Center for HIV/AIDS Care & Research at BMC

Center for HIV/AIDS Care & Research

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Clinic

BMC’s Public Health Clinic, also known as the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Clinic, provides counseling, screening and treatment of STDs. Our diverse, low-cost services are provided confidentially by STD specialists.

Patients are seen on a walk-in basis only – first come, first serve. No appointment or referral is necessary.

STD Clinic Services

  • Evaluation and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, genital warts-human papilloma virus (HPV), molluscum, scabies and vaginitis

  • Counseling and rapid testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection

  • Information and handouts regarding sexually transmitted infections, partner notification and safer sex practices

  • Hepatitis A and B vaccines. Referrals for hepatitis testing are available.

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, e.g., itching, burning, or sores, please visit our Public Health/STD Clinic for an exam and treatment.

Please note that we have recently made some important changes to the policies and procedures in the Public Health/STD Clinic at Boston Medical Center. Due to Massachusetts Department of Public Health budget cuts, we are no longer able to provide free STD services. Please see the section below regarding insurance and payment options.

No symptoms?
About the Tests
Getting Results
Clinic Appointments, Location & Hours
Getting to BMC
Paying for STD Services
No Insurance?

What if I don't have any symptoms?

If you are not experiencing symptoms, free walk-in testing is available at Project TRUST. Project TRUST services are conveniently located at 721 Massachusetts Avenue, next to the bus stop.

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How are the tests performed?

For women, a full genital exam, including a pelvic speculum exam, may be performed in order to test for:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Trichomonas
  • Yeast Infection
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Pregnancy

For men, a full genital exam and urine test/swab may be performed in order to test for:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia

Additional services for women and men include:

  • Blood Test for Syphilis
  • Rapid HIV Test (results in 20 minutes)
  • Visual Diagnosis of:
    • Molluscum Contagiosum
    • Genital Warts (HSV)
    • Genital Herpes
    • Scabies

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How do I find out my results?

All test results, except for HIV, are available by phone. The following test results are available at the time of your clinic visit:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Trichomonas
  • Vaginal Candida (Yeast)
  • Genital Warts
  • Genital Herpes
  • Molluscum Contagiosum

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Clinic Appointments, Location & Hours

Although there are a limited number of walk-in slots available, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment ahead of time in order to ensure that you are seen in the clinic. You may call the front desk to schedule this appointment.

Front Desk: 617.414.4290, select 3
BMC STD Hotline: 617.414.4081

STD Clinic Location

Boston Medical Center
Dowling Building, Ground Floor
Enter thru 850 Harrison Avenue (Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center]
Boston, MA 02118

Walk-in Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 11:00 am; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 11:00 am; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

The clinic is closed on weekends and major holidays.

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Getting to BMC

Visit Directions and BMC Campus Map to help you find the clinic at Boston Medical Center.

The Public Health/STD Clinic is located in the Center for Infectious Diseases on the Ground Floor of the Dowling Building. There is no direct access to the Dowling Building from the street. Please enter through the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center (Yawkey ACC) or the Menino Emergency Room.

From Yawkey ACC Building (850 Harrison Avenue)

Follow the arrows on the wall and ceiling to the Dowling Building. Pass Urgent Care on the right; down the ramp toward the elevators. The clinic will be on your right, before the elevators. Enter through the door that reads Center for Infectious Diseases, where you will register to be seen.

From Menino Emergency Room (Albany Street)

Follow the arrows on the wall and ceiling to the Dowling Building. Pass the sliding doors, turn immediately to the left, past the door, down the stairs, and turn right. Pass the elevators to your left, and enter through the door that reads Center for Infectious Diseases, where you will register to be seen.

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To register to be seen at the clinic, patients are required to provide:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Full address
  • Telephone number
  • Health insurance

Patients will register at the front desk of the STD Clinic. This information is confidential. There is no anonymous testing provided in our clinic.

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Paying for STD Services

As a result of recent state budget cuts, we are no longer able to provide STD services free of charge. If you do not have health insurance or do not want to use your health insurance, we are willing to help you pay for your initial basic screening visit by offering a discounted rate. If you have questions regarding your payment options, please call 617.414.4290.

Helpful Forms (PDF Downloads)

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What if I do not have health insurance?

If you do not have health insurance, BMC Patient Financial Services is available to assist you. You may call 617.414.5155 to schedule an appointment or speak to a staff member. You may also walk-in to any of the office locations.
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center (YACC)
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

YACC Lobby
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
YACC Mezzanine Floor
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Preston Family Building
720 Harrison Avenue
Boston , MA 02118

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Call: 617.414.4290
Fax: 617.414.4285

STD Program

Call: 617.414.4290, option #3
STD Hotline: 617.414.4081

Boston Medical Center
Center for Infectious Diseases
Dowling Building
Ground Floor
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

HIV Testing/Project TRUST

Walk-in Service / No Appointment Necessary
Call: 617.414.4495

721 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
M– F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Testing available 9 am – 4 pm

Refer a Patient

Call: 617.414.4290
Fax: 617.414.4285

Administration Offices

Center for HIV/AIDS Care & Research
Dowling Building, 3rd Floor
771 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.414.7059
Fax: 617.638.8070

Evans Biomedical Research Center
650 Albany Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.414.3504
Fax: 617.414.5283

Learn More

Quick Links

Center for Infectious Diseases
Directions to BMC
HIV Testing/Project Trust
Walk-in STD Clinic

Downloads (PDF)

BMC Campus Map
What Makes BMC Special

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