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It might not be top of mind to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, but it’s something that you should make part of your regular health routine. Because testing is low cost and confidential, it’s even easier than you think.
Chlamydia cases in Allen County (where Fort Wayne is located) increased to a rate of 679.6 per 100,000 residents, while gonorrhea cases also increased.
At the Allen County Department of Health’s STD Outreach Clinic, you can get walk-in testing and treatment for STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV for the low price of $10 for high school students, and $21 for adults.
STD Outreach 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:
The Allen County Department of Health HIV/STD Clinic offers confidential, low-cost testing and treatment for HIV and STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis. You can get HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccinations, on-site medication dispensing, STD education and counseling, and anonymous partner notifications. There are no age restrictions for STD testing and treatment. Services are offered by appointment only with clinic hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4813 New Haven Avenue Fort Wayne, IN 46803, 260-449-7504
Allen County Department of Health’s STD Outreach Clinic operates Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with no appointments required. This clinic doesn’t perform full exams, but it does provide STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV. The cost of services is $10 if you’re a high school student or younger or $21 if you’re an adult. You must be uninsured or underinsured and meet one other qualifying criteria outlined online. Call the clinic to confirm qualification.
525 Oxford Street Fort Wayne, IN 46806, 260-449-3510
Hope Center has free nurse-administered testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, but only for women who come in for free pregnancy testing. It also provides free nurse consultations, testing, and treatment referrals for syphilis, HPV, herpes, and HIV. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended to ensure prompt service. If you test positive for an STD, you’ll be offered low-cost treatment by the Allen County Health Department. Non-English speaking clients must bring a translator.
3630 Hobson Road Fort Wayne, IN 46815, Multiple Fort Wayne locations, 260-422-3544
Physicians Immediate Care offers STD testing in a private setting with a 10-test panel that covers all common STDs, including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. Results are available within a few days. You may request the clinic to bill your insurance or take advantage of the discounted self-pay rate of $290 due at the time of service.
920 East Coliseum Boulevard Fort Wayne, IN 46805, 260-498-8077