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Though Texas’ incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are below the national average, the rates of diagnosis in Katy are rising. Getting tested for STDs will help you keep yourself and your partner safe and let you move forward with confidence.
Katy is located in Harris County, which has the highest STD rates in the state according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can stop the spread of STDs by being tested regularly and using the protection offered at local clinics.
If you are at risk, the nonprofit Christ Clinic provides primary and preventative health care, medications, and diagnostic tests, including free STD and hepatitis C screenings for those without insurance and meeting federal poverty limits. The Spring Branch Community Health Center offers its screenings, treatment, and counseling services on a sliding fee scale and offers STD counseling via telemedicine appointments. Women seeking STD testing can access care from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Regional Maternal and Child Health Program
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:
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Access Health services all patients, regardless of income or the ability to pay. It accepts most insurances, Texas Medicaid, and Medicare, and fees are based on a sliding scale. HIV and hepatitis C support services are offered, as well as testing for various STDs. Appointments are required for in-person and telehealth visits, and you can register via the online portal, which has Spanish and English forms. Access Health is open Monday through Friday, during daytime hours.
1260 Pin Oak Road Katy, TX 77494, 281-391-4168
This nonprofit organization is completely funded by private organizations and churches. Its services are for you if you are a resident of Katy or West Houston. It provides primary and preventative health care, pharmacy medications, and lab work. Some of the sexual health services you can access include STD and hepatitis C screenings and pregnancy testing. If you do not have adequate insurance and you meet the federal poverty limits (below 200%) you can receive free or low-cost care. Christ Clinic accepts walk-ins daily, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Staff members speak both English and Spanish.
25722 Kingsland Boulevard, Suite 101 Katy, TX 77494, 281-391-0190
Located on the southwest side of Houston, Sharpstown Health Services offers sexual health care whether you are an adolescent or an adult. Fees are adjustable based on your income level and no one is denied service for lack of funds. The health services schedule varies depending upon your needs, with STD screenings available by appointment only Monday through Thursday with the last client seen at 3:30 and Fridays with the last client seen at 11:00 a.m. Appointments can be set up for HIV PrEP on Mondays and Tuesdays only.
6201 Bonhomme Road South Tower, Third Floor Houston, TX 77036, 832-395-9800
The local office of the SBCHC in Katy, Texas can provide you with STD screening and treatment; behavioral health counseling; women’s care, including pregnancy issues; and dental services. Fees are based on a sliding scale and the Center accepts Medicare, Texas Medicaid, and other insurances. Telemedicine is available for STD counseling, as well as your primary care needs. Appointments are required for visits, and the center has an online appointment form. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
5502 1st Street Katy, TX 77493, 713-231-5757
This regional program focuses on women and their families, and funding sources ensure no woman goes without care due to lack of income. WIC nutrition services are available free of charge, and as an adjunct to prenatal care the clinic can provide you with STD screenings and sexual health counseling. The clinic is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Spanish speaking staff are on hand.
511 Park Grove Drive Katy, TX 77450, 409-266-1888