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Just as with other aspects of your health, your sexual health is something that you should regularly monitor. The best way to protect yourself – and your partners – is with regular STD screenings. It’s important, especially considering that some infections don’t also show symptoms right away.
For Anchorage residents, the need for regular STD testing is crucial – according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the city has very high infection rates. Alaska had the nation’s highest rate of chlamydia infections in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the second-highest rate of gonorrhea infections in the U.S.
On the positive side, testing is easy, affordable, and available at many local health centers in Anchorage. One example is the Anchorage Public Health Clinic, which offers confidential and low-cost testing for the most common STDs.
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Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Choose the STD testing option you’re most comfortable with:
At home: You can test for STDs at home using a kit and send your sample to a lab for analysis.
If you think you might have an STD, it’s best to get tested. STDs don’t go away if you ignore them; they’ll just get worse and could grow into more serious health consequences. If left untreated, some STDs can lead to issues like infertility and more serious infections. You can also spread STDs to sexual partners if you have an untreated infection.
Ask your health care provider for STD testing recommendations or follow CDC recommendations for STD testing.
You can request specific STD tests or a full panel. An STD clinic can recommend tests based on your sexual health and symptoms.
A routine STD panel may include:
A full-panel STD test adds:
The cost of an STD test will vary by location and test type. Some clinics, usually community or nonprofit clinics, offer free or low-cost testing. Labs, clinics, and at-home testing companies may accept insurance to cover or lower your cost of testing.
Lab testing fees range from $8 to $150. At home tests cost between $35 and $175 per test.
Appointment policies vary by location, so call ahead or check the clinic website before you head in for a test. Some clinics or testing centers accept walk-ins or have same-day or next-day appointments.
Your STD test results time will depend on the test. Some clinics offer rapid HIV testing, which can offer results in less than 30 minutes. Bacterial STD testing (chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis) takes several days to get results, while viral STD testing (HPV, herpes, or HIV) results can take just one to two days.
Community-based STD testing organizations generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
If you’re concerned about visiting your regular doctor or can’t afford the cost of private testing, a community testing center may be able to help. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
Operated by Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai‘i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, the Anchorage Health Center provides comprehensive reproductive health care, including testing and treatment for many common STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. These services are available by appointment and on a walk-in basis, although the health center recommends that you call to verify availability. The health center accepts many insurance plans, and if you’re uninsured, you may qualify for a lower fee scale.
4001 Lake Otis Parkway #101, Anchorage, AK 99508, 800-769-0045
The Anchorage Public Health Clinic offers low-cost STD testing and treatment. Confidential testing and counseling are available for a variety of common STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea. The clinic provides antibiotic treatment if you test positive for bacterial infections; for HIV or hepatitis C infections, you will receive a referral for treatment. The clinic also offers other reproductive healthcare services, such as pregnancy testing and birth control counseling. If you provide proof of income, you may qualify for sliding scale fees, and payment plans are also available.
825 L Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-343-4799
The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center has a wide array of health services, including primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services. The clinic provides confidential testing and treatment of STDs, including hepatitis C and HIV. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the clinic provides services regardless of your ability to pay. The clinic accepts many types of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you’re uninsured, the clinic offers sliding fee discounts, as well as help applying for health insurance.
4951 Business Park Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99503, 907-743-7200
The Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association, also known as Four A’s, is a nonprofit organization supporting Alaskans affected by HIV and AIDS. It offers free, rapid HIV testing. Tests are conducted via oral swabs or finger-prick blood tests, and you can receive your results in 15 to 20 minutes. Four A’s also offers a variety of HIV prevention services, including risk-reduction counseling, free condoms, and a free syringe exchange. These services are provided by appointment and on a walk-in basis.
1057 West Fireweed Lane, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99503, 907-263-2050
The Student Health and Counseling Center is a health clinic for students at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). It provides a wide range of health services, including physical exams, immunizations, and depression screenings, as well as STD services. If you’re a UAA student, you can receive reduced-cost testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other common STDs. These services are handled by appointment.
3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, 907-786-4040
This at-home STD testing program is offered by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. As an Alaskan, you can visit Iwantthekit.org to order a free chlamydia and gonorrhea testing kit. The tests are mailed in discreet brown envelopes, and you’ll receive a postage-paid envelope to return your samples. Results are available in one to two weeks, and you can choose to be notified by phone or email. When necessary, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium can connect you with clinics that provide treatment.
3900 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, 877-334-8762