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Part of having safe sex is taking care of your sexual health. When you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to get tested retularly for STDs. Boise residents can access many local places where you can get free STD testing and treatment.
Idaho has among the lowest rates of reported cases of STDs in the nation. It ranks in the bottom 10 states for reported cases of chlamyida, gonnorhea and syphilis per capita in the nation. This is good news, but you should still get STD testing if you’re sexually active to ensure your safety.
Boise residents have access to many sources for low-cost or free STD testing. Students and faculty at Boise State University can access the university’s Health Services for free STD screening and treatment. Just seven miles north of downtown Boise is American Family Care, which offers offers STD testing, treatment, and counseling, and accepts walk-ins seven days a week. Planned Parenthood in the Boise Health Center has language services skills for non-native English speakers.
Boise Outreach Office
Fort Street Clinic
Boise Health Center
Meridian Health Center
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:
As a partner of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, a.l.p.h.a. provides free or low-cost STD testing to anyone over the age of 14, although donations are appreciated. The center screens for the following diseases: chlamydia, HIV, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, and syphilis, using swabs, finger sticks or a traditional blood draw depending upon the need. The timing of the results varies based upon the method of obtaining a sample. A.l.p.h.a. prefers visitors to schedule an appointment, although the clinic will see walk-ins if time permits.
537 West Bannock Street, Suite 100 Boise, ID 83702, 208-424-7799
Located around 7 miles north of downtown Boise in Garden City, the American Family Care Clinic offers STD testing, treatment, and counseling. Walk-ins are welcome seven days a week, and the clinic accepts most insurance plans. Should you test positive, you will receive counseling and appropriate treatment for your diagnosis. In addition to sexual health services, the professional staff provide urgent medical care, and the building has an on-site lab and digital x-ray machine.
6965 North Glenwood Street Garden City, ID 83714, 208-215-7956
If you’re a student or faculty at Boise State, you can access board-certified professionals in medicine and counseling at the University’s Health Services Department. Parking is free, and the center is open Monday through Friday during the day. Sexual health services include STD screening and treatment, vaccines for HPV, oral contraceptives, and pregnancy testing. The center accepts most insurance plans, and visits are set up on a first-come, first-served basis or you can make an appointment by calling.
208-426-1459. 1910 University Drive Boise, ID 83725, 208-426-1459
Boise residents can schedule an appointment for free to low-cost STD testing at the Central District Health Clinic. Diseases checked for include chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and HIV. The trained staff includes a team of nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who provide a range of healthcare services besides STD testing, such as wellness exams, contraceptive counseling, and pregnancy tests.
707 North Armstrong Place Boise, ID, 208-327-7400
Providing various sexual health services, Planned Parenthood accepts appointments Monday through Friday and every other Saturday. The clinic will also accommodate walk-ins if possible. The center accepts most insurance plans but will see you regardless of your ability to pay. In addition to STD vaccines, Planned Parenthood screens for several sexually transmitted diseases and offers a Peace of Mind package that includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis. Counseling regarding safe sexual practices and condom use is also available, and the center has staff fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
3668 North Harbor Lane Boise, ID 83703, Multiple Boise locations, 800-769-0045