Disclosure: We evaluate products and services independently, but we may receive a referral fee on the services featured on this page.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Local STD labs and clinics||Community STD testing centers||Ways to get tested|
Your health is too important to take chances with. Whether you’re concerned about exposure or just want peace of mind, regular screening for STDs can help, and Edwardsville, Il., has a number of options to make testing easier.
As a state, Illinois ranks above the national average for cases per 100,000 people for gonorrhea and chlamydia. In fact, it ranks 10th in U.S. with 635.8 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people. From 2019 to 2020, gonorrhea cases in Madison County, where Edwardsville is located, increased by 21%. It’s a good idea to get tested regularly if you’re sexually active.
The Edwardsville area has several options for testing sites you can visit, including some that are free or low cost. Madison County Health Department’s sexually transmitted infection clinic is back open after being temporarily closed for COVID-19 and offers testing for common STDs. Fairview Heights Health Center, which is a Planned Parenthood clinic, can help you with testing and treatment for chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, prevention tactics and education.
Bethalto Health Center
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:
This is a full-service medical center that includes doctor’s offices, hospital services and an emergency room. You may be able to access STD testing and treatment here. The center offers a Simple+Price program for those in the area without insurance. The program has affordable, up-front pricing for common tests and imaging. You do have to prepay for services with this program, and you may need an appointment. The center is open 24 hours.
2100 Madison Ave. Granite City, Ill. 62040, 618-798-3000
This is a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers you HIV services, STD testing and treatment, STD vaccines and other health and wellness services, particularly those related to reproductive health. There are staff members at the clinic who speak English and Spanish, and phone interpreters are available for other languages if you need help. You need an appointment other than for emergency contraception. The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
317 Salem Place Fairview Heights, Ill. 62208, 618-277-6668
The Madison County Health Department’s sexually transmitted infection clinic is back open after being temporarily closed for COVID-19 and offers testing for common STDs for anyone over 12 years old. The clinic also has HIV testing as well as TB services, immunizations and hearing and vision screening. The STD testing clinic is open Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts most insurance, including Medicaid.
101 E. Edwardsville Road Wood River, Ill. 62095, 618-692-8954
One of the benefits of urgent care is that you can walk in without an appointment any time the clinic is open. This urgent care offers STD testing and some treatment services as well as referrals. The clinic takes a wide range of insurances, so call ahead or check the website to see if yours is included. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week.
515 Belt Line Road Collinsville, Ill. 62234, 618-344-7882
SIHF is a comprehensive health care provider that offers you pediatrics, OB/GYN, internal medicine and primary care. The provider takes health insurance, which means STD testing might be covered by your plan and cost only a copay. Call ahead to make an appointment or to find out if your insurance is accepted. Each location does offer STD testing, though services and hours vary by location, so double-check if you’re interested in a particular disease screening.
2 Terminal Drive, Suite 8 Bethalto, Ill. 62024, 618-258-0485
2615 Edwards St., Suite 171 Alton, Ill. 62002, 618-462-4342
4 Memorial Drive, Building B, Suite 210 Alton, Ill. 62002, 618-463-5905