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Whether you’re concerned about potential STD exposure or just want routine testing, you have choices for getting an STD test in Grand Rapids. Many STD testing centers are available where you can be tested for STDs quickly and sometimes at no or little cost.
Gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis rates are up in Michigan. In fact, as of 2020, gonorrhea is up 75% since 2010, and primary and secondary syphilis cases have doubled in that same time frame. If you’re sexually active, protect yourself with regular testing.
If you live in Grand Rapids, there are five locations to find testing and other services, three of which are free or low cost. The GVSU Family Health Center has a full range of low-cost and preventative health care services if you’re a student of faculty member at Grand Valley State University. You can visit Pregnancy Resource Center for low-cost STD testing. It’s free if you’re a woman receiving pregnancy services.
Fuller Public Health Clinic
Irwin/Martin Health Center of Grand Rapids
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:
GVSU Family Health Center provides you with a full range of low-cost primary and preventative health care services if you’re a student, faculty member, or on the staff at Grand Valley State University. If you’re a member of the Grand Rapids community, you can go here as well. The clinic provides you with an array of sexual and reproductive health services, including testing for STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Appointments are required for service and are made by calling the clinic. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans. For uninsured clients, a flat payment is required up front, and if the cost of services is less than that amount, a refund for the difference is sent through the mail.
72 Sheldon Blvd. SE Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503, 616-331-9830
Pregnancy Resource Center is a local nonprofit organization that provides STD testing whether you’re a man or a woman. Free STD testing is available if you’re already receiving pregnancy services, otherwise it’s a small fee, which is waived if you’re aged 17 and under. STDs that you may be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, and syphilis. In addition to STD testing, the clinic provides pregnancy services, free support services such as one-on-one mentoring, and medical and community referrals. Appointments are required and you can make one by calling or texting the clinic.
415 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids, Mich. 616-326-2957
Irwin/Martin Health Center of Grand Rapids is a Planned Parenthood clinic that provides a full array of sexual health services, including STD testing, treatment, and prevention. STDs screened include chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea. Test results are available within a few days to a few weeks, and treatment is provided if necessary. The clinic also offers safer sex education, STD prevention methods, and vaccines for HPV. Individuals are required to book an appointment for services over the phone or via the online booking tool. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
425 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503, 616-459-3101
The Grand Rapids Red Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing HIV in the Grand Rapids community. It provides you with free, confidential HIV and hepatitis C testing by appointment at its permanent site and various community outreach locations. Tests are conducted by highly qualified test counselors, and results are available to you within 30 minutes. In addition to testing services, the clinic provides HIV case management, early intervention services, and support groups if you need them. To make an appointment, call the clinic, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
401 Hall St. SE Grand Rapids, Mich. 49507, 616-456-9063
If you’re in the Grand Rapids area, you can receive STD testing and treatment through the Kent County Health Department’s Fuller Clinic. Testing is available for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis and is conducted by clinic nurses through a urine or blood sample. Test results are available to you within four business days and are provided through a private password system via a phone or computer. Services are available if you’re a county resident aged 13 and over, and minors don’t need parental or guardian consent for testing, treatment, or counseling. Testing and treatment services are free. In addition to STD testing, the clinic provides HIV counseling and testing, community referrals, and partner services.
700 Fuller Ave. NE Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503, 616-632-7171