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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect millions of people every year in the U.S. The only way to know if you have an STD and need treatment is to get an STD test. There are many clinics around Corpus Christi where you can get confidential and low-cost STD testing.
According to the CDC, no U.S. state had a higher rate of congenital syphilis per capita in 2019 than Texas. State residents also reported more than 129,000 new cases of chlamydia and more than 44,000 new cases of gonorrhea. Stay proactive about your sexual health by getting a free or low-cost STD test in Corpus Christi.
Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation offers STD testing for a nominal fee of $13.50 and provides a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients. The South Texas Family Planning and Health Corporation offers low-cost HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing through its on-site lab that can provide same-day results. The South Texas Substance Abuse Recovery Services has evening hours for easy and affordable STD testing.
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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:
CBWF provides free HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C rapid testing. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and confirmatory testing are $13.50 per test. Free at-home HIV/STD test kits and free condoms are available. CBWF has a mobile testing unit if you’re unable to reach the clinic. CBWF accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and offers a sliding scale if you’re uninsured. Walk-in testing hours are offered at varying times Monday through Friday.
2882 Holly Road Corpus Christi, TX 78415, 361-814-2001
STFPHC offers low-cost HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing with an on-site lab and same-day results. It also provides HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. STFPHC accepts Medicaid and Medicare and has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. The clinic is open Monday through Friday.
4455 South Padre Island Drive, Suite 30 Corpus Christi, TX 78411, 361-883-0610 or 361-883-0619 Website
STSARS offers free HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis testing. It also provides hepatitis A and B vaccines. Office hours are Mondays and Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. STSARS also provides substance abuse treatment. Services are free if you can’t afford to pay for treatment.
907 Antelope Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401, 361-882-9979
WAMHS provides STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HIV. It uses a sliding scale and offers payment plans. The clinic also accepts some insurance plans and Medicaid. Appointments are recommended, but walk-in and same-day appointments are available. Clinic hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.
4410 Dillon Lane, #1 Corpus Christi, TX 78415, Multiple Corpus Christi locations 361-857-0101