If you're sexually active, getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases/infections (aka STDs or STIs) is crucial to your overall health. Teens and those under 25 are especially at risk for contracting STDs but anyone who is sexually active is at risk. What many people don't know, too, is that you're not limited to specialty clinics for STD testing - in fact, you can just walk into most urgent care centers for STD testing at any time.
You can also get tested for STDs at your doctor's office, a community health clinic, the health department, or your local Planned Parenthood health center.
Check out the CDC's Get Tested site to find more choices for testing sites near you.
How much does an STD test cost?
How much you pay for STD testing depends on where you go, what tests you need, your income, and whether or not you have health insurance.
You may be able to get STD testing for free or at a reduced price if you have health insurance. On average, from free to $100 for initial testing if your insurance is accepted with your medical provider. Even if you do not have insurance, the maximum price would be around $250 - a nominal fee in the scope of it al!
STD testing can also be free or low cost with Medicaid and other government programs. And some clinics - including many Planned Parenthood health centers - give free or low-cost STD tests, depending on your income.
If you're worried about cost, Google "Free STD Testing." Here's one excellent source for free STD testing https://www.FreeSTDCheck.org, or check with your local Planned Parenthood health center to see if they can hook you up with STD testing that fits your budget.
Be sure to check out our SafeSexID Pro Bono Program too. You may be able to get our service for free as well.
Here's a rundown on the statistics behind the 7 most common STDs: