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You have many options for low-cost STD testing around Garland, Texas. Testing is available as late as 9 p.m. and is often charged on a sliding fee scale if uninsured.
According to the CDC, there were more than 129,000 new cases of chlamydia across the state of Texas in 2019 alone. The state also experienced the highest rate of new congenital syphilis cases in the entire nation that year, making it important to be proactive about your sexual health through regular STD testing.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation offers free STD testing at the AHF Wellness Center Dallas from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. You don’t need an appointment to be seen at Garland Public Health Clinic. Planned Parenthood’s Mesquite Health Center offers HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes testing and treatment, as well as PrEP/PEP services, HPV vaccines, and condoms. Texas Infectious Disease Institute accepts a wide range of private insurance plans and Medicaid, but it also has a sliding fee scale for STD testing if you’re uninsured.
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:
You can receive free STD screening and treatment at the AHF Wellness Center Dallas on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although donations are accepted. No appointments are necessary to get chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea tests. The clinic also provides you with information about safer sex, STDs, and cryotherapy treatments, and referrals to doctors specializing in providing HIV/AIDS treatment.
777 Forest Lane, Suite B-122, Dallas, TX 75230, 972-383-1066
The Garland PHC offers limited STD services without an appointment on Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. You can get two types of hepatitis B tests for $30 or $55, hepatitis B or hepatitis A/B combo vaccines for $150 and HPV vaccines for $275. The clinic accepts BlueCross/BlueShield of Texas, CIGNA, Humana, Medicare, and United Healthcare.
206 Carver Drive, Garland, TX 75040, 972-205-3370
Planned Parenthood’s Mesquite Health Center offers HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes testing and treatment. You can also get PrEP/PEP services, HPV vaccines, and condoms. Services are available in English or Spanish on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s recommended you make an appointment, but the clinic accepts walk-ins as the schedule allows. If you’re concerned about cost, it will work with you to provide budget-friendly health care.
1220 North Town East Boulevard, Suite 230 Mesquite, TX 75150, 972-613-0915
PIP of White Rock requires appointments for you to receive low-cost syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, and gonorrhea testing, or hepatitis A and B and HPV vaccines. It accepts most insurance plans, Medicare, and HSA plans. You can schedule your services Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the clinic closes from noon to 1 p.m. daily for lunch.
9330 Poppy Drive, Suite 304, Dallas, TX 75218, 214-328-3610
You must make an appointment to be seen at the Texas Infectious Disease Institute. You can schedule low-cost chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes testing, and get PrEP services and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The TID institute accepts a wide range of private insurance plans and Medicaid, but it also has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured.
2821 East President George Bush Turnpike, Suite 500, Richardson, TX 75082, 469-206-6957