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STD testing can be easy and free. Columbia residents have access to several clinics that offer free or low-cost STD tests as well as other sexual health services.
South Carolina has the fourth highest rate of reported cases of chlamyida and gonnorhea in the nation. Given this, it’s important for you to protect your sexual health through regular STD testing if you live in Columbia.
Testing is completely free at Wright Wellness Center, and you can set up an online account to receive your results without returning to the clinic. Some services offer help beyond testing, such as Adams Place clinic for men, the Women’s Health Council Project that offers HIV and STD prevention education and health services for women, and PACE where you can get counseling if you are in an at-risk group. Each of these are operated by Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services in addition to their free AIDS services. The Richland County Health Department’ Public Health & Family Planning Clinic also provides WIC, immunizations, and family planning services.
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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:
CAN Community Health is a nonprofit clinic that provides specialized sexual health care services for Columbia residents, including those living with HIV. The clinic is open on weekdays with special extended hours the third Thursday and first Saturday of each month. It provides HIV and STD testing and treatment, PrEP services, case management, transgender care, and HIV prevention and education. STD test results are typically available within two weeks, and proper identification is necessary to retrieve results. The clinic also provides primary care services, and it has an on-site pharmacy for added convenience. Its telehealth services make treatment accessible if you’re unable to travel to the clinic.
1911 Hampton Street Columbia, SC 29201, 803-849-8430
Columbia Health Center is operated by Planned Parenthood. It offers a full array of services for clients, including primary care, HIV services, LGBTQ services, birth control, pregnancy testing and services, and STD testing and treatment. Some STDs that you may be tested for include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes. Results are typically available within two weeks, depending on the type of test. STD services can be accessed in person or through the clinic’s telehealth service. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, and a sliding fee schedule is provided for self-pay clients. Appointments are required and can be made online or by phone.
2712 Middleburg Drive, Suite 107 Columbia, SC 29204, 803-256-4908
PALSS offers free services to those diagnosed with or at risk of contracting AIDS and HIV. It provides free, confidential HIV testing, as well as STD screening for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis C. Vaccinations for hepatitis A and B are available. In addition to testing services, the organization operates Adams Place, a clinic for men; the Women’s Health Council Project, providing HIV and STD prevention education and health services for women; PACE, counseling clients with at-risk behaviors; and a food pantry.
2368 Two Notch Road Columbia, SC 29204, 803-779-7257
The Richland County Health Department operates the Public Health & Family Planning Clinic to provide a full array of services to the community, including WIC, immunizations, and family planning services. Yoiu can also receive HIV and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The clinic accepts most major health insurance plans, and if you don’t have insurance you’ll be charged on an income-based sliding scale. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone or via the clinic’s online booking tool.
2000 Hampton Street Columbia, SC 29204, 803-576-2980
The Wright Wellness Center, a nonprofit clinic, offers testing and treatment for HIV, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. Gonorrhea and chlamydia tests are conducted using urine samples, and all other tests are performed using blood draws. Test results are available within seven to 14 days. All testing is free and can be administered every 90 days. Services are provided by appointment and on a walk-in basis. To receive test results, you must visit the clinic or set up a login to the patient portal.
1022 Calhoun Street Columbia, SC 29201, 803-254-6644