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There are many clinics in and around Arlington, Texas, where you can get free or low-cost STD testing. Testing can be confidential or even done in your own home with a mail-order kit.
Texas experienced the most cases of congenital syphilis per capita in 2019, according to the CDC. More than 129,000 new cases of chlamydia and more than 44,000 new cases of gonorrhea were also reported in the state that year alone. With new cases of STDs reported every year, it’s important to be proactive about your sexual health with regular STD testing.
CAN Community Health in Arlington provides special extended hours every month on the second Thursday and third Saturday, making it convenient to get tested. You can make an appointment or walk into Planned Parenthood’s Arlington clinic on South Cooper Street. Tarrant County Public Health offers free and low-cost STD testing, as well as advice and counseling for those living with STDs. TeleKind will mail you an HIV test kit free of charge.
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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:
CAN Community Health provides a variety of free and low-cost health care services, including free testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and other STDs. This clinic also provides sexual health counseling and treatment for patients who are living with STDS. Although appointments are highly encouraged, walk-ins are welcome. If you qualify, fees for some services are charged on a sliding scale. The clinic offers special extended hours on the second Thursday and third Saturday of every month.
616 Matlock Centre Circle, Arlington, TX 76015, 817-693-1000
Dr. Hamid Burney provides free and low-cost STD testing and related health care services. Available tests at this clinic include HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and hepatitis. Fees are charged on a sliding scale and may be provided free of charge if you can’t afford to pay. The clinic also accepts insurance and Medicare.
3602 Matlock Road, Suite 200, Arlington, TX 76015, 817-467-2266
Planned Parenthood in Arlington provides STD testing for bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, and chlamydia. It also offers an array of treatment services if you’ve been diagnosed with an STD, as well as STD prevention counseling. Walk-ins are accepted, or you can book an appointment over the phone or online.
3701 South Cooper Street, Suite 235, Arlington, TX 76015, 817-472-8126
Tarrant County Public Health offers free resources and information about sexual health. It also offers free and low-cost STD testing and advice and counseling for those living with STDs or concerned about their sexual health. Testing is offered on a walk-in basis at various locations each month, and you can check the Department’s website for the most convenient site and hours.
1101 South Main Street, Suite 1500-A, Fort Worth, TX 76104, 817-321-4800
TeleKind is a free program provided by Texas Health Action. It offers free at-home health care services for individuals living with HIV or seeking HIV testing. Its physicians and counselors can provide you with telehealth counseling, prescriptions for STD treatments and can send testing kits to you free of charge via the U.S. Postal Service.