Georgia STD Testing Directory
To help you locate an accredited laboratory/testing center, a list of resources has been compiled and can be found below.
Consult with your health care provider about any lab testing that you may be considering. It is also important to follow up with your health care provider to discuss your results within the context of your medical history.
STD Trends in Georgia
Georgia’s reported STDs are generally below average, except for syphilis, which is above average. Some underlying causes of increased STDs in Georgia related to a complex network of social factors. These factors may include economic disparities that prevent access to appropriate health care, substance use, homelessness, and the exchange of sex for money or other resources. Startling trends seen in Georgia include:
|STD Trends in Georgia
|State rank||Cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
Source: CDC 2020 STD Surveillance Report
STD Screening Recommendations and Risk Factors
If you have sex, you are at risk for getting an STD. According to the CDC, Risk factors for STDs include:
- Unprotected sex (anal, vaginal, or oral)
- Sex with multiple partners
- Anonymous sex partners
- Sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Injection of drugs or sharing needles
Should you get tested for STDs? And how often? Talk to your doctor to be sure, but generally follow these CDC recommendations:
|Who should get tested||How often to test|
|Anyone who is sexually active||At least once for HIV and more often if you have new partners|
|Sexually active women under 25 or women 25+ with new or multiple sex partners or a partner with an STD||Annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||During pregnancy for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea|
|Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men||
|Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment||Annually for HIV and Hepatitis B and C|
|People who have had oral or anal sex||Discuss throat and rectal testing with your health care provider|
STD Testing in Georgia:
Georgia Community STD Testing Centers
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:
- Dekalb County Board of Health
Address: 445 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030Number: (404) 294-3700
- Dougherty County Health Department
Address: 1710 S. Slappey Blvd., Albany, GA 31701- 2634Number: (229) 638-6424
- Fulton County Board of Health
Address: 10 Park Pl., South Atlanta, GA 30303-3030Number: (404) 613-1401
- The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) Coastal Health District
Address: 1395 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah, GA 31406-3901Number: (912) 356-2441
Address: 2 Peachtree St., Unit 5, Atlanta, GA 30303Number: (404) 657-2700
- East Atlanta Health Center
Address: 440 Moreland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316Number: (404) 688-9300
- Someone Cares
Address: 236 Forsyth St., Suite 201 and 204, Atlanta, GA 30303Number: (678) 921-2706
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Georgia
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Georgia?
Chlamydia is the most common STD in Georgia at a rate of 589.4 cases per 100,000 people, and the state ranks sixth in the nation. Georgia also ranks high for primary and secondary syphilis at ninth in the nation, though the infection rate is much lower than chlamydia at 16.5 cases per 100,000 people.
Is STD testing free in Georgia?
There are free STD clinics in Georgia, including from the Dekalb County Board of Health.
How much does STD testing cost in Georgia?
The cost of STD testing ranges fairly widely depending on your testing location and type. Some community or nonprofit clinics offer free or low-cost testing. Other locations, like private labs or clinics, or if you use an at-home testing company, may accept insurance that covers or reduces your out-of-pocket cost.
Lab testing fees range from $8 to $150. At-home tests cost between $35 and $175 per test.
What is included in a full STD panel?
If you get a full STD panel, you’ll be tested for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Does insurance cover STD testing?
Insurance coverage may vary based on your plan and where you go for testing; the type of test you get may also affect coverage. In general, most public and private STD clinics accept insurance. Call the clinic before your visit to inquire if it accepts insurance.
How long does it take to get STD results?
You may get rapid results for tests like HIV within 30 minutes, while other tests can take a few days to a week. This is particularly true of bacterial testing for STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020 STD Surveillance Report. Updated 2021. Accessed November 4, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/tables/2020-STD-Surveillance-State-Ranking-Tables.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Georgia – State Health Profile. Updated 2016. Accessed November 4, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/pdf/Georgia_profile.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STDs and HIV – CDC Basic Fact Sheet. Updated April 12, 2022. Accessed November 4, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/stdfact-std-hiv.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – CDC Fact Sheets. Updated January 13, 2022. Accessed November 4, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – Which Tests Should I Get? Updated December 14, 2021. Accessed November 4, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm