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Don’t wait to get tested if you think you’ve been exposed to an STD or are unsure if symptoms like abdominal pain, itching, or discharge might be a sexually transmitted infection.
STDs are on the rise across the country, and in Tennessee, there is a greater prevalence of common sexually transmitted infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STD Surveillance State Ranking report, Tennessee is No. 12 for chlamydia, No. 10 for gonorrhea, No. 21 for syphilis, and No. 27 for congenital syphilis.
There are resources in Chattanooga that offer STD testing and treatment. Cempa Community Care offers services on a sliding fee scale, as does Dodson Avenue Community Health Center. Homeless Health Center works with at-risk individuals, and Hamilton County Health Department offers STD screening for $20 if you are uninsured and for free if you are on TennCare.
Homeless Health Care Center
Southside Community Health Center
Dodson Avenue Community Health Center
Rossville Clinic at Fairview
Dickson County Health Department
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 an affiliate of the Erlanger Community Health Center, Dodson offers a wide range of medical services, including primary and emergency care, preventive testing and treatments, behavioral health, and dental resources. The facility’s Express Care services include diagnostic testing and treatment for STD exposure. The clinic works with insured individuals and bills on a sliding fee scale if you require free or low-cost care.
1200 Dodson Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37406, 423-778-2800
The Homeless Health Care Center provides routine physical exams, diagnostics and treatment of chronic conditions, medications, and mental health evaluations and treatment. Its STD clinic conducts confidential examinations, testing, treatment, and educational programs for the area’s homeless population. As a federally funded program, the Center works with at-risk individuals. If you receive TennCare, you can get services for free. And, if you do not have insurance, The Homeless Health Care Center offers STD testing and treatment for a nominal fee.
730 East 11th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403, 423-209-5800
The county Health Department’s STD clinic offers confidential testing and treatment services. Its lab work is sent to the facility’s regional laboratory. Additionally, the Department provides a wide range of multilingual educational materials and training opportunities. If you are on TennCare, you are eligible for free services. And if you do not have health insurance, you can receive STD screening for $20.
921 East 3rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403, 423-209-8250
If you are experiencing difficulty accessing health care services for any reason, Cempa Community Care delivers support services for prevention and treatment. With a primary focus on infectious diseases, Cempa offers general primary care, diagnostic laboratory testing, health screenings, pharmaceutical services, consultations, and referrals. While payment for most services is based on a sliding fee scale, Cempa’s STD testing services are free and confidential.
1042 East 3rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403, 423-265-2273
Choice Health Network is a community-focused operation that provides a broad spectrum of services, including transportation and food support, medical care, mental health counseling, pharmacy services, and HIV and STD testing and treatment. Its affordable resources range from free STD testing to reduced co-pays and deductibles and assistance with finding additional treatment options. The health network is headquartered in Knoxville, with locations in Memphis, Upper Cumberland, and Chattanooga.
1212 McCallie Avenue, Suite 150, Chattanooga, TN 37404, 423-803-2580