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Testing for STDs is confidential and free or low-cost. If you keep on top of it, you’ll protect your health and the health of your partners.
Here’s why you should get tested for STDs: Chlamydia rates in Indianapolis are 675.8 per 100,000 people, which is considerably higher than the statewide rate of 523.9, and the national rate of 539.9. Gonorrhea is also on the rise in Indianapolis.
To protect your sexual health, regular testing for STDs is a responsible, smart idea. There are several options in Indianapolis for getting an STD test, some of which are even free, like at the nonprofit Damien Center. And at Step Up, Inc., free pop-up HIV and STD testing is done throughout the community or you can call to schedule an appointment.
West 38th Street
Southeast Health and Dental Center
Southwest Health and Dental Center
Peoples Health and Dental Center
Barrington Health and Dental Center
Martindale-Brightwood Health Center
IU Health Physicians Family and Sports Medicine
Bell Flower Clinic
Midtown Health Center
Southside Health Center
Eastside 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. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
The Southside Health Center of Indianapolis is operated by Planned Parenthood and offers a wide range of health care services, such as routine check-ups, birth control, pregnancy testing, and STI testing, treatment, and vaccines. STIs the clinic screens for include chlamydia, genital warts, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV. Results for the rapid HIV test are available within 20 minutes, and results from other STD screenings are available within a few days to a few weeks. You can use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment for services, including STI screening and treatment.
935 E. Hanna Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46227, 317-205-8088
BU Wellness Network provides an array of services to enhance the health and wellness of community members, including access to care, support services, community advocacy, and HIV and STD screenings. All testing is free and confidential, and no health insurance is required. You must call between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to make an appointment or ask about walk-in availability.
3737 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46208 Multiple Indianapolis locations, 317-931-0292
Damien Center is a nonprofit organization that offers mental health and substance abuse counseling services, housing and emergency assistance, a food pantry, legal services, and STD and HIV testing. STD testing is available to patients 13 to 45 years old who don’t have STD symptoms, both on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Free and confidential screenings are offered for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. Should you have signs or symptoms of an STD, you will be referred to a medical provider for immediate care. The clinic accepts most major health insurance plans, and clients can call to schedule an appointment.
26 North Arsenal Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46201, 317-632-0123
Step up, Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides HIV and STD prevention, testing, and treatment for underserved populations, along with Ryan White services, including housing, food, and transportation for those living with HIV. Free HIV and STD testing is offered multiple times each week at various bars, social clubs, and medical offices in the city, with services provided on a first-come, first-served basis. You also have the option to call the Step Up office to schedule an appointment. While services are free, donations are appreciated.
4755 Kingsway Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46205 Multiple Indianapolis locations, 317-259-7013
Bell Flower Clinic provides STD counseling, screening, and treatment for clients 14 and over. Gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV testing is available without a physical exam for those without symptoms, and screening is provided by appointment only. If you have symptoms or have come into contact with an STD, you must have a full exam, which is available for a very low fee. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Call the clinic to make an appointment.
640 Eskenazi Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46202, 317-221-8300