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STD Testing Options

Learn more about the different ways you can get tested

Free Testing Clinic

$0-$30

Find Clinics Near You
Free to Low Cost Testing
Multiple Tests/Vaccines Available
Consultations May Be Available
Safe and Local
Longer Wait Times
Other Health Services Provided

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Private Testing Clinic

$25-$95

Quick Testing Process
No Income Qualifications
E-Mailed Results in 1-2 Days
All Tests Provided
Doctor Consultations Available
Insurance May Lower Costs
No Appointments Needed

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At Home STD Test

$35-$95

At Home Privacy
Mail In Samples
Privacy Guaranteed
Easy To Use
Many Tests Available
Consultations May Not Be Available
Easy To Follow Directions

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Frequently Asked STD Testing Questions

 

What you need to know before you get tested.

A disease that is transmitted during sexual intercourse is known as an STD.

They can also be passed on from an infected person to you during intravenous drug use like sharing a needle and even nonsexual contact like breastfeeding or childbirth.

There are many types of STD’s. These include Herpes, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea.

This depends on the STD test. Urine samples are used for some tests. In this case, the answer is no.

Syphilis, HIV and others are tested for by the drawing of blood or a pinprick to the finger. If you are afraid of needles or your pain tolerance is low this can hurt.

Others require swabs from sores that may be open which could cause some pain. Women can feel discomfort during a pelvic examination.

Yes, most cities offer free or low cost STD testing. Many clinics require a small fee to provide services but that can be lowered or completely erased based on your income level, or other factors. Check out our free STD testing clinics page to find a clinic near you.

NOTE: You may be asked to show some or all of the following types of identification; birth certificate, drivers license, proof of income (pay stub), proof of residence. We list all the requirements of each clinic on the listing page.

Yes, There are many options to choose from if you prefer to test for STD’s in the privacy of your own home.

We have reviewed the best options that are available to you, and created an in-depth guide to help you better understand the process of an at home STD test. Learn more at our at home std testing page

On average, expect results within a week. Results can be obtained faster if you go to a hospital or clinic as this will be done in-house. Your doctor may need to send them away to lab.

There are, however, online services available that will be able to provide you with your test results within 24 – 48 hours as it is emailed directly to you.

STD’s are sexually transmitted diseases and STI’s are sexually transmitted infections. There are less negative connotations and stigmas attached to STI’s than STD’s.

Although this term is thought to be the same thing and used interchangeable there is actually a difference. An STI is a viral or bacterial infection that enters the body.

When these organisms begin multiplying, an infection, will in time and if not treated properly, turn into an STD.

The only foolproof way to prevent contracting an STD is to abstain from unprotected anal, vaginal and oral intercourse. You can, however, contract an STD even if you are a virgin and kiss someone with oral herpes or HIV.

As explained, intravenous drug use places you at risk as well.

Transmission of most STD’s can be avoided by using latex or polyurethane condoms when engaging in sex but this is not a 100% guarantee.

It’s a good idea to get tested every year. Remember, there are some diseases that have no symptoms. You may be carrying an STD without knowing it. If you are in a relationship, ask your significant other to do the tests with you.

If you have recently engaged in unprotected sex it is advisable to go as soon as possible. If you regularly have sex without protection you should consider going every few months.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that can develop overtime, even years, into AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Deficiency Syndrome). If you have had sex with someone without a condom the answer is yes.

You must understand that you are also then not only at risk of having contracted HIV if you engage in such activities but a whole lot of other STD’s as well.

There is the possibility of contracting several STD’s at once.

The thing is you may not know. Some STD’s do not exhibit any symptoms and my own lie dormant for years. You can be a carrier without any notable symptoms whatsoever.

You may consider getting tested for an STD if you have cold sores, discharge, sores, boils, rashes, itchiness, blisters, legions, funny smells, bumps, white spots in your pubic hair, or feel a burning sensation when you pee or it is smelly and dark in color.

Again, as with judging whether you may have an STD, you won’t know if there are no clear or obvious symptoms that can indicate the person is infected. They can look completely normal and only be a carrier, not knowing that they are passing an STD onto you.

The only other way that you will know this is if this person is open and honest you by telling you about their sexual history.

There a few ways you can about this. If you have severe symptoms you can go to your doctor who will be able to provide a testing. This can also be done at a hospital.

If you are concerned about your privacy or shy, make use of an online testing center. Another option is home testing. The testing sample is collected from you at your home.