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Madison County Health Department
Huntsville Family 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.
Huntsville is the seat of Madison County, part of the Northern District of Alabama, and the second-largest city in the state. Madison County had the highest number of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in the Northern District, which are the three most reported STDs in the county and the district.
Chlamydia cases in the Huntsville region are especially problematic. Alabama’s Northern District had the second-highest incidence of chlamydia diagnoses in 2019, accounting for about 17.5% of the state’s total. Madison County had the highest infection rate in the district, reporting about 52% of its total chlamydia cases in 2019. Chlamydia diagnoses rose for the third consecutive year in Madison County, including an increase of more than 13% in 2019, following an increase of more than 8% in 2018.
Alabama’s gonorrhea cases rose 9.5% in 2019, nearly identical to the increase recorded in 2018. Gonorrhea infections spiked more than 43% in the Northern District in 2018, followed by another rise of almost 18% in 2019. Madison County saw an increase of 27% in 2018, while some smaller counties saw cases nearly double. This resulted in the county falling below its normal 50%-plus threshold for its percentage of cases in the district. Madison County recorded another increase of more than 26% in 2019, but many other counties in the district saw cases drop, putting the county back over 50% of the district’s total.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections in Alabama increased more than 32% in 2019, with cases among men nearly four times those among women. While P&S syphilis cases reported in 2019 increased by about 43.5% in the Northern District, infections in Madison County only increased about 2% in 2019, following a drop of nearly 15% in 2018. All but one county in the district recorded much higher increases than Madison in 2019, with some increases as much as 100% or greater.
When you have an STD, you can pass it to your partners and develop long-term severe health issues, even when you don’t have any symptoms. STDs won’t completely disappear until they’re treated. Get tested at one of the facilities in and around Huntsville that offer low-cost or free STD testing to protect your health and the health of others.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources in Huntsville that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
The Madison County Health Department provides STD testing during walk-in clinic hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can receive low-cost, confidential testing, counseling, and treatment for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. The health department also offers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, accepts private insurance, and has a sliding fee scale if you qualify. All services are available to anyone aged 12 or older, with free language assistance services in Spanish, Chinese, and many others.
301 Max Luther Drive Northwest
Huntsville, AL 35811
256-533-8751 or 256-532-1928
CNAHSI’s Huntsville Family Health Center has an on-site CLIA-certified laboratory and offers low-cost HIV, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis testing. Some tests are sent off-site for analysis. Lab services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The health center also provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. You must make an appointment to receive HIV/STD services. You can use private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. If you’re uninsured, it offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify.
751 Pleasant Row Northwest
Huntsville, AL 35816
Thrive Alabama’s Huntsville Wellness Clinic tests for and treats chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and vaginitis for a low-cost fee. It also provides free hepatitis C and rapid-result HIV testing and fee-based conventional HIV testing. Thrive Alabama offers a sliding fee scale, if you qualify. It also accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Services are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
600 St. Clair Avenue Southwest
Building 7, Suite 18
Huntsville, AL 35801
NEAHSI’s Woodville Clinic offers chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and conventional HIV testing and accepts most commercial insurance plans, Medicaid, and Medicare. It also offers a sliding fee discount program. If you qualify, you may pay as little as $16 for services. Most lab services are contracted out, so lab charges are billed separately, but charges are discounted if you qualify for a sliding fee. The Woodville Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closes from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
13624 County Road 8
Woodville, AL 35776
American Family Care Madison offers on-site clinical laboratory services that include STD testing. Lab testing is offered on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Depending on the test(s) you’re getting, turnaround time may be a few minutes to a couple of days. The clinic also provides hepatitis A and B vaccines. All services require a fee.
7559 Highway 72 West
Madison, AL 35758