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It’s important to stay healthy, especially if you’re sexually active. The best way to do this is through regular STD testing, which Baytown residents can get for free at many local clinics.
Texas had the highest rate of reported congenital syphilis cases per capita in 2019. While the state had below-average rates of primary and secondary syphilis, chlamyidia and gonnorhea, it’s still important to stay on top of your sexual health.
The Baytown area has many options for free and confidential STD testing and treatment. AIDS Foundation Houston provides rapid HIV testing and syphilis tests free of charge. FLAS specializes in serving the Latino population in the Houston Metro and provides educational classes in addition to testing and referrals for treatment. Everyone is welcome at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, which can bill your insurance directly or help you work out an alternate payment method.
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:
AIDS Foundation Houston offers private, confidential testing, including free HIV and syphilis testing, plus PrEP intake. It performs rapid HIV testing with a finger prick or oral swab, with results available in as little as 60 seconds. Syphilis testing requires a blood sample via venipuncture, and positive HIV tests require a blood sample via venipuncture for confirmation. All blood samples are sent to the lab for further testing. Walk-in testing isn’t currently offered, but appointments may be made by phone.
6260 Westpark Drive, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77057 713-623-6796
Houston’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation serves all of Harris County and offers HIV and STD testing at its free STD Clinic on Hermann Drive every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It also provides information about STDs, safer sex, and cryotherapy treatments, and referrals to doctors specializing in HIV/AIDS. Its pharmacy on Binz Street is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and accepts most major credit cards.
1213 Hermann Drive, Suite 620 Houston, TX 77004 713-520-2338
FLAS (Fundación Latinoamericana De Acción Social) provides HIV and STD testing, counseling, education, and treatment referrals for Latinos in Houston Metro. It offers free, confidential testing and counseling for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C, and accepts walk-ins from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. It also supplies HIV awareness classes and referrals to free or low-cost healthcare providers if you test positive.
6666 Harwin Drive, Suite 370 Houston, TX 77036 713-772-2366
The Health and Wellness Clinics of the Harris County Public Health Department offers Testing123, its HIV/STD prevention program. This program provides free mobile testing for HIV and syphilis, plus education and counseling. Mobile testing is available to anyone in Harris County by texting 281-962-8378 to set up a time to meet. You may also schedule a wellness exam at one of the Health and Wellness Clinics across the county, which may include HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. Clinics also offer STD treatment and prevention services and are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
2223 West Loop South Houston, TX 77027 Multiple Harris County locations (713) 439-6000
Legacy Community Health offers free rapid-response HIV, STD, and pregnancy testing, plus same-day PrEP, at locations across Houston, Baytown, and Beaumont. Its premier testing-only location at the Legacy Midtown Main clinic offers free HIV/syphilis combo testing, with same-day results, and low-cost full panel STD screening. It also offers same-day PrEP and free pregnancy testing. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are also available.
2401 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 Multiple Harris County locations 832-730-4422
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast offers STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis, and testing and diagnosis for HIV. Planned Parenthood also provides various STD prevention services, including free condoms and internal condoms, HPV vaccines, PrEP, and STD and safer sex education. STD testing, treatment, and vaccination services are available during business hours by appointment only. Payment is expected at the time of service unless other arrangements are previously made. Some services may be covered by insurance. Interpretation services are available for most languages, including American Sign Language.
4600 Gulf Freeway, Suite 300 Houston, TX 77023 Multiple Houston area locations 713-535-2400