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The best way to protect your sexual health while you’re sexually active is through regular STD testing. STDs can cause irreversible harm if left untreated, even if you have no symptoms. There are many locations in and around Danville that provide free or low-cost STD testing.
There were over 48,000 new cases of chlamydia and almost 14,000 new cases of gonorrhea reported in Virginia in 2019. State residents also reported high levels of new Primary and Secondary Syphilis cases that year. Regular STD testing can help you prevent the spread of STDs.
The Community Access Network’s Fifth Street Community Health Center in Lynchburg provides diagnosis, treatment, and support for many STDs and accepts appointments and walk-ins. Planned Parenthood operates the Roanoke Health Center, where you can get tested with or without insurance. The Virginia Department of Health offers HIV and STD screening through its communicable disease control program.
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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:
The Council’s Drop-In Center provides education, resources, and services in the prevention/care of HIV/STDs and hepatitis C. You can receive free, confidential finger-stick HIV testing and HCV screening with results in about 20 minutes. If you test positive, the center helps you find medical treatment. It currently doesn’t offer any other STD testing but does offer free condoms and barriers for pick up during regular business hours. Appointments are required for services. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour lunch break from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
356 Campbell Avenue SW Roanoke, VA 24016, 540-982-2437
Community Access Network’s Fifth Street Community Health Center in Lynchburg provides diagnosis, treatment, and support for a wide range of STDs including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. If you suspect you have an STD, its providers understand the signs and symptoms caused by these infections. All testing is free of charge, and you can request a same-day appointment or just walk-in. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
800 Fifth Street Lynchburg, VA 24504, 434-200-3366
Planned Parenthood operates the Roanoke Health Center and provides HIV testing and genital warts, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. STD prevention services include condoms, hepatitis B and HPV vaccines, and STD/safer sex education. Services are provided in English or Spanish, with free interpretation available for other languages. Appointments are required during clinic hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2207 Peters Creek Road Roanoke, VA 24017, 540-562-3457
The Virginia Department of Health’s Pittsylvania/Danville Health District offers HIV and STD screening through its communicable disease control program. You can take advantage of free examinations and treatment during its weekly STD clinics, which include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and conventional blood HIV testing. Most of its services are provided on a sliding scale based on your income, but STD services are free. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
326 Taylor Drive Danville, VA 24541, 434-766-9828