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Kansas City has many resources for sexual health and STD testing. Clinics and health centers offer the education, protection, testing, and treatment you need.
Missouri’s caseload of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia have all ranked higher than the national average for the last several years, and the state ranks 7th nationally for the number of gonorrhea cases reported. You can visit any of Kansas City’s many community health clinics for fast and accurate STD testing, counseling, treatment and education. You can also choose the privacy and convenience of free at-home testing.
Kansas City community-based clinics and health centers offer free and low-cost STD testing. The Kansas City, Missouri Department of Health offers free and confidential testing for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, and you can get rapid HIV tests in 20 minutes or less. There’s no need for anyone 13 or older to obtain parental permission for testing. Planned Parenthood of Great Plains provides both testing and treatment for a wide range of STDs, as well as counseling and prevention services. Thrive Health Connection also offers outreach testing events throughout the region.
Southwest Boulevard Clinic
Research Medical Campus
Patty Brous Health Center
Independence Health Center
Mid-America Infectious Disease Consultants PC
Cabot Westside Medical
Swope Health Northland
Swope Health Independence
Swope Health West
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:
Homeroom Health can test you for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, herpes. The clinic also offers rapid and conventional blood HIV testing, plus HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. If you are 25 or older or have HIV you may be eligible for Ryan White funding. To learn more call KC CARE Health Center at 816-753-5144. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Services are offered on an income-based sliding fee scale and you will not be denied health care based on insurance status or inability to pay. Homeroom Health is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1106 East 30th Street, Suite B Kansas City, MO 64109, 816-601-2375
KCMO Department of Health can provide you with free, confidential STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. You can get Rapid HIV test results in 20 minutes and other STD test results are generally available within seven to 10 business days. If you are 13 or older you can receive testing without parental permission, and residency isn’t required. Walk-ins are not accepted. Appointments are required. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2400 Troost Avenue Kansas City, MO 64108, 816-513-6379
Patty Brous Health Center is the Planned Parenthood provider in Kansas City where you can get STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis, plus counseling and confidential testing for HIV. It also offers STD prevention services, including male and female condoms, HPV and hepatitis B vaccines, and STD and safer sex education. Walk-ins are welcome to see if a same-day appointment is available or schedule the first appointment available. Hours are Monday 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1001 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64110, 816-756-2277
Swope Health Central can provide you with testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and HIV using a conventional blood test. Hepatitis services include hepatitis C testing and treatment and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Sexual health care is available to anyone 18 or over. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are uninsured, your fees will be based on household income and family size with grant programs to help pay for care. However, as a federally qualified health center, Swope Health provides care to all, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
3801 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64130, Multiple Kansas City locations 816-923-5800
Thrive Health Connection offers you free STD testing by appointment, but you can also take advantage of walk-in testing hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The clinic also has outreach testing events throughout the region. You will get your rapid HIV test results back the same day, with chlamydia and gonorrhea results usually obtainable within two weeks. The staff provides education and referrals for PrEP and free condoms, lubricant, and safer sex materials. During the COVID-19 crisis, staff will be working remotely, but you can schedule at-home testing by calling 816-778-0772.
5008 Prospect Avenue, Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64130, 816-561-8784