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Symptoms of STDs can be silent, and in many cases, the signs can be confused for other medical issues. If you think you’ve been exposed to an STD, don’t wait to get tested. You’re not alone, and there is help close by in Carrollton.
STDs are on the rise across the country, and Texas ranks No. 1 in the country for congenital syphilis cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) STD Surveillance State Ranking report. Texas is No. 39 for chlamydia, No. 32 for gonorrhea, and No. 28 for syphilis.
There are many resources where you can get help. CareNow Urgent Care has very flexible hours; it’s open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days, and you don’t need an appointment. Services are available in English or Spanish at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. And aside from STD testing and treatment, Nelson-Tebedo Resource Center offers rapid HIV antibody, HIV early detection, at-home HIV tests, and access to PrEP.
Addison Health Center
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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:
DCHHS’ sexual health clinic provides low-cost HIV/STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomonas. You’ll pay $47 for chlamydia or gonorrhea screening, $38 for herpes exams, and $15 for conventional or $20 for rapid HIV tests. The clinic also offers syphilis and trichomonas testing. The lab hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are required, but same-day appointments are available.
2377 North Stemmons Freeway Dallas, TX 75207, 214-819-1819
The Addison Health Center, operated by Planned Parenthood, provides HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. Trained staff administer HPV vaccines and offer PrEP/PEP services. You can also get dental dams and male/female condoms. Services are available in English or Spanish, on a walk-in basis, or by appointment. Planned Parenthood accepts insurance and Medicaid, but you may qualify for financial assistance if you’re uninsured. Clinic hours are Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m.
5290 Beltline Road, #134 Addison, TX 75254, 972-991-1424
VCare Clinic Carrollton is a nonprofit community-based organization that offers affordable HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis testing for low-income and uninsured individuals. If you live below 200% of the federal poverty level, you may qualify for free services. Same-day appointments are available, and all walk-ins are welcome. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1445 Mac Arthur Drive, Suite #122 Carrollton, Texas 75007, 972-245-1200
AHF Wellness Center offers free chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV testing and treatment. The clinic will notify you by phone if your results are positive, usually within three to seven days. AHF supplies STD/safer sex information and referrals to doctors specializing in HIV/AIDS treatment. Services are provided on a walk-in basis on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. STD testing is also available at the AHF Wellness Center at 3920 Cedar Springs Road on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
7777 Forest Lane Dallas, TX 75230, 972-383-1066
The Nelson-Tebedo Resource Center provides confidential HIV testing, STD testing and treatment, and vaccinations. You can receive free syphilis, rapid HIV antibody, HIV early detection, and at-home HIV tests. It offers PrEP access, anonymous HIV screening for $90, chlamydia/gonorrhea testing for $40 and treatment for $40, syphilis treatment for $40, hepatitis A/B/C screening for $100 or $40 for individual tests, and herpes testing without treatment. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by appointment only.
4012 Cedar Springs Road Dallas, TX 75219, 214-393-3700
CareNow Urgent Care offers diagnosis and treatment for HIV/AIDS and common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, genital herpes, HPV, and trichomoniasis. It charges a fee for all services, but it accepts most major insurance plans if you’re insured. Appointments aren’t necessary. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1017 West Hebron Parkway Carrollton, TX 75010, 972-939-9495