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South Carolina ranks fourth in the CDC’s rankings for chlamydia and gonorrhea, and its numbers are continuing to rise. Fortunately, there are local organizations dedicated to stopping the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and treating you if you have one.
Greenville, South Carolina is experiencing fewer cases of sexually transmitted diseases than the rest of the state, but the case numbers are rising, and that’s cause for concern. Younger people are increasingly affected by chlamydia, and if you’re between the ages of 20 and 24 your age group represents more than a third of the state’s diagnoses. Those under 19 represent almost another third.
The Greenville County Health Department operates clinics throughout the county that offer confidential STI screening and fast-track testing for asymptomatic patients. Prism Health – Piedmont OB/GYN offers screening, pregnancy testing and counseling on STD prevention for women. AIDS Upstate’s Greenville provides HIV case management and STD testing regardless of sexual orientation, age, or ethnicity.
Greenville County Public Health Department
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:
AIDS Upstate can provide you with HIV case management, medical care, PrEP services, and STD screenings. Diseases tested include gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and hepatitis B and C. The nonprofit organization offers services to all, regardless of sexual orientation, age, or ethnicity. Staff members speak English and Spanish and can provide you with counseling on risk prevention strategies for HIV and STDs. All testing is by appointment only. Open daily, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
811 Pendleton Street, Suite 11 Greenville, SC 29601, 864-250-0607
If you are a student or faculty member at Furman University, you can access STD testing and treatment at the University’s Health Center. The center also distributes free condoms in the ESHC lobby. Routine gynecological care is provided, including birth control options and annual physicals. Although walk-ins are accepted, it’s often more convenient to call ahead for an appointment. You can also schedule via an online portal. Clinic hours during the academic year are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613, 864-522-2000
The County Health Department operates several clinics throughout the county, including one in Greenville. If you are a Greenville resident, you can receive screening for various STIs, including fast-track tests for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia; however, patients must be asymptomatic. The clinic can also provide you with medicine and treatment if you test positive. All services are completely confidential. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the staff asks that you preschedule appointments by calling or using the online request form.
200 University Ridge Greenville, SC 29602, 864-372-3270
This comprehensive treatment center offers STD testing and vaccines for hepatitis A and B. HIV services are provided through its Ryan White Program. The center’s mobile vehicle visits homeless shelters and other nonprofit organizations, bringing health care to all residents. New Horizons works with various South Carolina insurance plans, including SC Medicaid and Medicare, but the center treats all patients so you can receive care if you are uninsured. Staff interpreters can handle over 150 different languages, and veterans are welcome. Office hours are Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
975 West Faris Road Greenville, SC 29605, 864-729-8330
Prisma Health provides screening for STDs and HIV, along with pregnancy testing. The center employs female physicians who are experienced in adolescent gynecological problems and available to counsel you on STD prevention, birth control methods, and HPV vaccinations. Prisma Health provides financial assistance to patients with income below federal poverty guidelines. Appointments are required, and you can use telehealth services to discuss problems. The center is open Monday through Thursday until 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
890 West Faris Road, Suite 330 Greenville, SC 29605, 864-455-1270