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STD testing can be free and easy to get near Concord, with many clinics offering free or low-cost services on a walk-in or appointment basis. Some sites will work with your insurance or provide financial assistance if you’re uninsured.
North Carolina residents reported some of the highest rates of new chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the nation in 2019. Primary and secondary syphilis and congenital syphilis were also reported that year. Consider getting STD testing to protect yourself from illnesses such as these.
Cabarrus Health Alliance offers free walk-in HIV testing and counseling and low-cost STD testing on a sliding fee basis by appointment Monday through Friday. You can get free walk-in STD testing at Mecklenburg County Health Department Monday through Friday. Novant Health is in-network with over 350 insurance providers nationwide and takes Medicare and Medicaid or provides financial assistance if you’re uninsured. Planned Parenthood also works with many insurance providers and financial assistance. RAIN operates many clinics in Charlotte and Rock Hill where you can get free STD testing on a walk-in or by appointment basis.
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.
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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:
Cabarrus Health Alliance offers physical exams, screening, treatment, and referrals for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It also provides counseling, PrEP services, HPV and hepatitis A/B vaccinations, and free condoms. HIV testing and counseling are free. Other STD services have fees, but the clinic offers a sliding fee scale. STD testing and treatment are available by appointment Monday through Friday. Walk-in HIV testing is available without an appointment Monday through Friday.
300 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis, NC 28081, 704-920-1000
Mecklenburg CHD’s Northwest Clinic offers free testing for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C via a blood draw. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas are screened using urine, rectal, or throat samples. It also provides PrEP referrals and safer sex supplies. All testing is by walk-in with no appointment necessary unless you’re experiencing symptoms or have a partner who tested positive on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. You don’t need ID, and there aren’t any residential requirements. Free language assistance is available. Testing is also available on Tuesdays evenings at Atrium Health NorthPark.
2845 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216, 704-336-6500
Novant Health’s Infectious Disease Specialists provide low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, herpes, and hepatitis B and C testing. You must have an appointment, and there is a fee for services. Novant Health is in-network with over 350 insurance providers nationwide and takes Medicare and Medicaid. It also offers financial assistance if you’re uninsured and will work with you to see if you meet its special financial program requirements. Services are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
1900 Randolph Road, Suite 216, Charlotte, NC 28207, 704-316-5330
Planned Parenthood’s Charlotte Health Center, located 18 miles from Concord, provides you with HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. You can also get HPV vaccines, free condoms, and other STD services. Planned Parenthood works with your budget and provides free interpretation for other languages. It has varying weekday hours Tuesdays through Fridays and Saturday morning hours.
700 South Torrence Street, Charlotte, NC 28204, 704-536-7233
RAIN offers confidential HIV/STD testing on a walk-in and appointment basis at its many locations throughout Charlotte and Rock Hill. You’llt provide a blood sample for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C testing. For gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas testing, you’ll provide urine, throat, or rectal samples. RAIN also provides access to PrEP referrals and supplies for safer sex. All testing services are free for everyone.
601 E. 5th St. Suite 470, Charlotte, NC 28216, 704-372-7246