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Given that some STDs can present no symptoms, it’s important to get tested regularly to stay healthy. College Station has many locations where you can get free or low-cost STD testing.
Texas had the highest rate of congenital syphilis per capita of any U.S. state in 2019. According to the CDC, more than 129,000 new cases of chlamydia and more than 44,000 new cases of gonorrhea were reported in Texas in 2019. The best way to protect your sexual health is to get tested regularly for STDs.
There are several locations where College Station residents can get free or low-cost STD testing. You can get tested for a nominal fee at Brazos County Health District Sexual Wellness Clinics with a picture ID. You don’t need an appointment to get tested at Brazos Valley Urgent Care. Texas A&M University students can get tested at the University Student Health Services, which also has a pharmacy where you can pick up medications for treatment. Several clinics run by Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health in the College Station area offer free testing.
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:
The Brazos County Health District operates clinics throughout the county, including the STI Clinic in Bryan, located about 5 miles north of College Station. This clinic provides testing, treatment, and counseling for STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and HIV. Services range from $35 to $50 and $10 for pregnancy tests. You’ll need to present a picture ID to get tested. HIV rapid testing is free. The STI Clinic is open three days per week. Due to staffing, clinics can only see the first ten clients each day.
201 North Texas Avenue Bryan, TX 77803, 979-361-4440
Brazos Valley Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic that provides a full array of healthcare services, such as treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, flu vaccines, physicals, and STD testing and treatment. The clinic runs standard lab work in its office, and in many cases, results are available before you leave. While appointments are only provided on a walk-in basis, you can check in online ahead of time for a shorter waiting period. The clinic accepts most major health plans and has competitive prices for self-pay clients.
2911 South Texas Avenue, Suite #103 College Station, TX 77845, 979-764-2882
The Texas A&M University Student Health Services, located in the A.P. Beutel Health Center, is staffed by certified physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and physician assistants and provides treatment for ongoing health problems and acute illnesses and injuries. Services are only available to current A&M students and include testing and treatment for STDs. The university also has an on-site pharmacy. Appointments are preferred, but services are provided walk-in basis if appointment slots are available. The university also organizes events throughout the year, with STD testing provided for free on a walk-in basis.
311 Houston Street, Building 520 College Station, TX 77843, 979-458-8310
College Station is in Region 7 of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). DSHS Public Health Region 7 offers appointment-based, no-cost screening, testing, and treatment in the College Station area for chlamydia and gonorrhea, including patient-delivered partner therapy when appropriate, along with testing and treatment for syphilis. HIV testing and referral for treatment are also available. Clinical services are available in the neighboring locations listed below. See the DSHS Public Health Region 7 website below for additional information.
100 South Chappell Hill Street Brenham, TX 77833, 979-836-1740
101 Cedar Street Hearne, TX 77859, 979-279-4508
813 South State Street, Ste. 105 Madisonville, TX 77864, 936-348-3593
513 North LaSalle Street Navasota, TX 77868, 936-825-7476