Kentucky STD Testing Directory
To help you locate an accredited laboratory/testing center, a list of resources has been compiled and can be found below.
Consult with your health care provider about any lab testing that you may be considering. It is also important to follow up with your health care provider to discuss your results within the context of your medical history.
STD Trends in Kentucky
Kentucky has seen an alarming increase in STD numbers over the past years, hitting peak levels in 2017. Drug abuse is thought to have been largely responsible for the rising STD rates since drug users are the most likely to engage in unsafe behaviors such as unprotected sex. Common STD trends in Kentucky include:
|STD Trends in Kentucky
|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 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 Kentucky:
Kentucky 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:
- AVOL Kentucky
Address: 365 Waller Ave., Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40504Number: (859) 225-3000
- Boyle County Health Department
Address: 448 S. Third St., Danville, KY 40422Number: (859) 236-2053
- Christian County Health Department
Address: 1700 Canton St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240Number: (270) 888-4160
- Harlan County Health Department
Address: 402 E. Clover St., Harlan, KY 40831Number: (606) 573-3700
- Kenton County Health Center
Address: 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41014Number: (859) 431-3345
- Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
Address: Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike, KY 40508Number: (859) 288-2483
- Lincoln Trail District Health Department
Address: 580 Westport Rd., Elizabethtown, KY 42701Number: (270) 765-6196
- Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) Laboratory
Address: 914 E. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40204Number: (502) 574-5000
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Kentucky
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Kentucky?
Chlamydia is the most common STD in Kentucky at a rate of 419.7 cases per 100,000 people.
Is STD testing free in Kentucky?
There are free STD clinics in Kentucky, including AVOL Kentucky.
How much does STD testing cost in Kentucky?
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.
What is included in a full STD panel?
When getting a full STD panel, expect to test for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Does insurance cover STD testing?
Insurance coverage depends on the clinic you visit, but most public and private STD clinics accept insurance. Contact the clinic before your visit to ask about insurance policies.
How long does it take to get STD results?
Some clinics offer rapid results, such as HIV test results, within 30 minutes. Still, other tests may take up to a week to return results, particularly bacterial testing, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.