Arkansas STD Testing Directory
To help you locate an accredited laboratory/testing center, a list of resources has been compiled and can be found below.
Consult with your health care provider about any lab testing that you may be considering. It is also important to follow up with your health care provider to discuss your results within the context of your medical history.
STD Trends in Arkansas
Arkansas’s reported STDs are generally below average, except for syphilis, which is above average. In Arkansas, some underlying causes of increased STDs relate to a complex network of social factors. Some of these factors may include economic disparities that prevent access to appropriate health care, substance use, homelessness, and the exchange of sex for money or other resources. Startling trends seen in Arkansas include:
|STD Trends in Arkansas
|State rank||Cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
Source: CDC 2020 STD Surveillance Report
STD Screening Recommendations and Risk Factors
If you have sex, you are at risk for getting an STD. According to the CDC, risk factors for STDs include:
- Unprotected sex (anal, vaginal, or oral)
- Sex with multiple partners
- Anonymous sex partners
- Sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Injection of drugs or sharing needles
Should you get tested for STDs? And how often? Talk to your doctor to be sure, but you should generally follow these CDC recommendations:
|Who should get tested||How often to test|
|Anyone who is sexually active||At least once for HIV and more often if you have new partners|
|Sexually active women under 25 or women 25+ with new or multiple sex partners or a partner with an STD||Annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||During pregnancy for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea|
|Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men||
|Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment||Annually for HIV and Hepatitis B and C|
|People who have had oral or anal sex||Discuss throat and rectal testing with your health care provider|
STD Testing in Arkansas:
Arkansas Community STD Testing Centers
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:
- ARcare (Kensett Medical)
Address: 606 W Wilbur D Mills Ave, Kensett, AR 72082Number: (501) 742-5697
- Arkansas Department of Health (Northeast Public Health Region)
Address: 112 Brantly Rd, Searcy, AR 72143Number: (501) 268-6102
- Engaging Arkansas Communities (Utopia)
Address: 2516 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock, AR 72202Number: (844) 754-3742
- Future Builders, Inc
Address: 16117 AR-365, Little Rock, AR 72206Number: (501) 897-5566
- Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Incorporated (Altheimer Clinic)
Address: 309 S Edine, Altheimer, AR 72004Number: (870) 766-8411
- Lee County Cooperative Clinic
Address: 530 W Atkins Blvd, Marianna, AR 72360Number: (870) 295-5225
- The Strilite Foundation Incorporated
Address: 8615 Chicot Rd, Little Rock, AR 72209Number: (501) 379-8357
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Arkansas
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Arkansas?
Chlamydia is the most common STD in Arkansas at a rate of 531.9 cases per 100,000 people. But Arkansas ranks highest for primary and secondary syphilis at eighth in the nation, though the rate of infection is lower than chlamydia at 16.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Is STD testing free in Arkansas?
There are free STD clinics in Arkansas, primarily offered by Arkansas’ Department of Health.
How much does STD testing cost in Arkansas?
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.
What is included in a full STD panel?
When getting a full STD panel, expect to test for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Does insurance cover STD testing?
Insurance coverage depends on the clinic you visit, but most public and private STD clinics accept insurance. Contact the clinic before your visit to ask about insurance policies.
How long does it take to get STD results?
Some clinics offer rapid results, such as HIV test results within 30 minutes, but other tests may take up to a week to return results, particularly bacterial testing, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020 STD Surveillance Report. Updated 2021. Accessed November 7, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/tables/2020-STD-Surveillance-State-Ranking-Tables.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arkansas – State Health Profile. Updated 2016. Accessed November 7, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/pdf/Arkansas_profile.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV/AIDS & STDs Basic Fact Sheet. Updated April 12, 2022. Accessed November 7, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/stdfact-std-hiv.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Fact Sheets. Updated January 13, 2022. Accessed November 7, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Which Tests Should I Get? Updated December 14, 2021. Accessed November 7, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm