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Part of protecting your sexual health is getting regular STD testing if you’re sexually active. There are many clinics in Houston where you can get low-cost and confidential STD testing, even if you’re a minor.
Texas had some of the highest rates of new STDs in 2019 of any state. No state had more congenital syphilis cases per capita than Texas, and there were more than 129,000 new cases of chlamydia. If you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to get regular STD testing in Houston.
AHF Wellness Center’s Houston location offers STD testing and referral services if you test positive, with most testing appointments taking only 30 minutes. If you’re between 13 and 24 years of age, you can get free STD testing and care at Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic. Sharpstown Health Services won’t deny you care for inability to pay.
Minorities Action Program
South Central Location
Baylor College of Medicine
Teen Health Clinic at Ben Taub Clinic
Teen Health Clinic at LBJ Hospital Clinic
Teen Health Clinic at Tejano Center Clinic
Teen Health Clinic at Lawn Clinic
Richard Stasney Medical Clinic
Thomas Street Health Center
Northwest Community Health Center
Gulfgate Health Center
Settegast Health Center
Northside Health Center
Sunnyside Health Center
Sharpstown Health Clinic
Legacy Montrose California Clinic
Prevention Park Health Center
Southwest Health Center
Bellaire Community Health Center
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.a While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
AHF Wellness Center’s Houston location provides a broad array of health services, including information about STDs and cryotherapy treatments, as well as STD screenings and treatment and referrals for HIV-positive clients. STD testing takes about 30 minutes for most clients. If you test positive, you’ll be notified by phone. This clinic is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and care is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment for STD testing is not required, but donations are accepted.
1213 Hermann Drive, #620 Houston, TX 77004, 713-520-2338
Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic provides free primary and reproductive preventative healthcare services for adolescents and young adults ages 13 to 24. It offers a comprehensive array of STD testing for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infection, as well as treatment for positive STD screenings. If you have a partner older than 24 years, that partner may also receive STD treatment. Baylor College of Medicine has seventeen clinic locations in the Houston area.
1504 Taub Loop Houston, TX 77030, 713-873-3601
NextCare Urgent Care’s Houston location is a walk-in clinic that offers various services, including treatment for illnesses, physicals, hepatitis B vaccines, and STD screenings. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, and it offers two discount programs to make services accessible to uninsured clients. The clinic is open on weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can use the online check-in process for faster service.
10906 FM1960 Houston, TX 77070, 281-477-7490
Sharpstown Health Services is operated by the Houston Health Department and is open on weekdays, with services provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. This clinic provides various sexual wellness services, including pregnancy tests, family planning, pre-exposure prevention if you are at risk for HIV, immunizations, and STD screenings. Discounted services are offered for most services for qualifying clients, and no one is denied access to care due to an inability to pay. STD testing is provided by appointment only, with the last client served at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. on Friday.
6201 Bonhomme Road, South Tower, Third Floor Houston, TX 77036, 832-395-9800
Sunnyside Health Center is a walk-in clinic operated by the Houston Health Department. You can receive various healthcare services, including pregnancy tests, tuberculosis screening, pre-exposure prevention, dental care, immunizations, and STD screenings. The center is open Monday through Friday. The last client is accepted no later than 4:15 p.m. on Mondays, 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, and 3:15 p.m on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Appointments are necessary, and patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. A sliding fee schedule is available for uninsured clients, and no one is denied access to services due to an inability to pay.
4605 Wilmington Street Houston, Texas 77051, 832-393-5427