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Whether you’re concerned you may have an STD or just want to watch out for your health, the Des Moines area has several free resources you can access to help prevent and treat STDs. Clinics offer appointments or walk-in services and some may even mail you the necessary tests if you can’t make your appointment. Most tests are offered free of charge.
Iowa has below-average levels of reported chlamydia and gonnorhea cases relative to the national average. It also has among the nation’s lowest levels of reported syphillis cases. Getting STD testing, treatment and prevention education are the best ways to stay healthy.
Clinics operate around Des Moines and offer a variety of services that aren’t limited to STD treatment. For instance, InnerVisions HealthCare also provides free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. Clinics like the Polk Health Department provide rapid HIV testing with results given within one hour. The Project of Primary Health Care can give results for HIV or hepattis C testing within 30 minutes.
Susan Knapp Health Center
Rosenfield Health Center
West Health Center
B Engebretsen Medical Clinic
East Side Clinic
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:
Agape Pregnancy Resource Center provides free STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Staff is available to answer questions about how to avoid STD infections. Services also include free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. The center is open Mondays through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7p.m with daily lunch breaks from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
2550 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway Des Moines, IA 50310 515-255-0243
InnerVisions HealthCare performs free STD testing at its West Des Moines location at 1355 50th Street, Suite 400, and at its South Des Moines clinic at 500 Army Post Road. The West clinic is open Monday through Thursday, while the South clinic is open Tuesday through Friday (consult website for hours of operation). You can call to schedule a free STD testing appointment or book an appointment online. Free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and confidential counseling are also offered.
500 Army Post Road, Suite 100 Des Moines, Iowa 50315 Multiple Des Moines locations 515-440-2273
Planned Parenthood operates out of the Susan Knapp Health Center in Des Moines. It offers testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, and genital warts, and testing and diagnosis for HIV. It also provides STD prevention services, including condoms, internal condoms, dental dams, HPV and hepatitis B vaccines, and STD and safer sex education. All services are available by appointment or as a walk-in during clinic hours.
2304 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311 Multiple Des Moines locations 877-811-7526
Polk Health Department offers STD testing and treatment for anyone 13 and older. There’s a $10 charge for Polk County residents and a $25 charge for nonresidents. Rapid HIV testing and counseling are available for high-risk individuals along with testing for low-risk individuals, with results in an hour. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Same-day appointments are available if you call at 8 a.m.
1907 Carpenter Avenue Des Moines, IA 50314 515-286-3798
The Project of Primary Health Care provides free, confidential HIV and STI testing, including rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, with results in 30 minutes, as well as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis testing with results in four to seven business days. At-home HIV test kits are available for those who qualify. PrEP consultation, risk reduction counseling, and HIV/STD prevention education are offered, and free safer-sex supplies, including condoms, lubricants, dental dams, and female condoms are available. Clinic hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday throughThursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.
1200 University Avenue, #120 Des Moines, IA 50314 515-248-1595