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It’s easy to get confidential and free or low-cost STD testing in Lafayette, Louisiana. Local clinics accept many forms of insurance or promise to provide testing even if you are uninsured.
Louisiana experienced some of the highest rates of STD cases in 2019. Of all U.S. states, it had the third-highest rate of chlamydia and the fifth-highest rate of gonorrhea and congenital syphilis in 2019. Statistics like these highlight the importance of safeguarding your sexual health in Lafayette.
Lafayette Parish Health Unit promises not to turn you away for inability to pay whether or not you have health insurance. Acadiana Concern for AIDS Relief Education and Support provides STD screenings on a walk-in basis two days a week. You can get STD testing as well as vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B at the Lafayette Foundation Clinic.
Lafayette Parish Health Unit
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:
AcadianaCARES offers sexual health services apart from primary care, promoting access to services and helping to prevent further spread of STDs. Sexual health screenings are provided on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Evening hours are also available on these days from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services that the clinic offers include screenings for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis A and B if you don’t have symptoms; diagnosis and treatment if you know they’ve been exposed to an STD; diagnosis and treatment for STDs that cause symptoms; and HIV testing and counseling.
809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-233-2437
Lafayette Foundation Clinic is a private cooperative of local medical providers and specialists that focuses on HIV education and prevention, chronic disease management, and infectious disease treatment. The clinic provides testing and treatment for HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and herpes. In addition to testing and treatment, the clinic also offers vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B. Care is provided on a walk-in basis. Virtual appointments are available through the clinic’s secure app.
117 Caillouet Place Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-988-9737
The Louisiana Department of Health operates the Lafayette Parish Health Unit. The clinic offers a full array of community and preventative health services, such as well-woman exams, immunizations, birth control, and STD screening and treatment. Same-day testing and treatments are offered on-site, and partner testing and treatment are available. The clinic accepts Medicaid and most major medical insurance plans, and no one is turned away due to the inability to pay for services. To schedule an appointment, you can call the clinic directly.
220 West Willow Street, Building A Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-262-5616
SWLA Center for Health Services operates a clinic in Lafayette, where you can access comprehensive primary care services and support. The clinic offers routine checkups and physical exams, immunizations, smoking cessation programming, treatment for acute illness, and STD testing and treatment. STDs that you may be screened for include gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, and herpes. The clinic has a sliding fee scale based on income if you don’t have health insurance and can assist with applying for Medicaid.
500 Patterson Street Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-769-9451