Complete STD Panel
Check for 7 common sexually transmitted infections in men and women at a major diagnostic laboratory.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
This urine test may be used to detect the bacteria that cause chlamydia and gonorrhea infections.
Iowa STD Testing Directory
Please note that the labs listed below do not accept payment and will not perform testing without a physician’s order. To get a physician’s order, you can purchase lab tests in our secure online Shop. If you need assistance, please call us at 1-877-511-5227 or email [email protected] All orders are confidential.
STD Trends in Iowa
Iowa’s reported STDs are below average, except for gonorrhea, which is above average. Some underlying causes of increased STDs in Iowa relate to a complex network of social factors. These factors may include economic disparities that prevent access to appropriate health care, substance use, homelessness, and the exchange of sex for money or other resources. Startling trends seen in Iowa include:
|STD Trends in Iowa|
|State rank||Cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
Source: CDC 2020 STD Surveillance Report
STD Screening Recommendations and Risk Factors
If you have sex, you are at risk for getting an STD. According to the CDC, risk factors for STDs include:
- Unprotected sex (anal, vaginal, or oral)
- Sex with multiple partners
- Anonymous sex partners
- Sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Injection of drugs or sharing needles
Should you get tested for STDs? And how often? Talk to your doctor to be sure, but you should generally follow these CDC recommendations:
|Who should get tested||How often to test|
|Anyone who is sexually active||At least once for HIV and more often if you have new partners|
|Sexually active women under 25 or women 25+ with new or multiple sex partners or a partner with an STD||Annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||During pregnancy for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea|
|Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men||
|Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment||Annually for HIV and Hepatitis B and C|
|People who have had oral or anal sex||Discuss throat and rectal testing with your health care provider|
STD Testing in Iowa:
Iowa Community STD Testing Centers
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:
- Iowa Department of Health
Address: 321 E. 12th St., Des Moines, IA 50319Number: (515) 281-7689
- Scott County Health Department
Address: 600 West 4th St., Davenport, IA 52801Number: (563) 326-8618
- Polk County Health Department
Address: 1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314Number: (515) 286-3798
- Linn County Public Health Department
Address: 1020 6th St. S.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52401Number: (319) 892-6093
- Johnson County Public Health Department
Address: 855 South Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA 52240Number: (319) 356-6040
- Iowa City Health Center
Address: 850 Orchard St., Iowa City, IA 52246Number: (877) 859-0551
- Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic
Address: 2440 Towncrest Dr., Iowa City, IA 52240Number: (319) 337-4459
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Iowa
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Iowa?
Chlamydia is the most common STD in Iowa at a rate of 478.5 cases per 100,000 people. But Iowa ranks higher for gonorrhea at 14th in the nation, though the rate of infection is lower than chlamydia at 219.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Is STD testing free in Iowa?
There are free STD clinics in Iowa, including the Iowa Department of Health and the Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic.
How much does STD testing cost in Iowa?
STD test pricing depends on location and the type of test you are getting. Some clinics, usually community or nonprofit clinics, provide 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.
What is included in a full STD panel?
If you go for a full STD panel, that typically includes testing for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Does insurance cover STD testing?
Depending on various factors, your insurance coverage may or may not cover (or fully cover) STD tests. This includes the clinic you visit, the test type, your insurance coverage, and out-of-pocket responsibilities. Most public and private STD clinics accept insurance, but it’s always smart to contact the clinic before your visit to ask.
How long does it take to get STD results?
The turnaround time of STD results varies. Some clinics may offer rapid results in as little as a half-hour, such as HIV test results. Other tests, like bacterial ones for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, can take a few days up to a week to deliver results.