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Many clinics in the Lake Wales area offer low-cost or free STD testing and treatment. Some clinics accept insurance, and many offer a sliding fee scale if you self-pay. No appointment is necessary.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are common across Florida. The state has among the highest rates of reported syphilis cases in the nation and had over 110,000 cases of chlamydia reported in 2019 alone. Part of staying proactive about your sexual health is getting regular STD testing to ensure you don’t become part of these statistics.
You can get free STD testing from The Center Kissimmee in nearby Kissimmee. The Central Florida Health Care-Lake Wales Clinic offers confidential testing and treatment for HIV, hepatitis B/C, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia and accepts most insurance plans. You can get free, confidential rapid HIV and syphilis testing and low-cost STD testing through the Community Care Resources of FL. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County offers STD testing and treatment for $25 each based on a sliding fee scale.
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:
The Center Kissimmee provides free health services, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Herpes 1 and 2, Hepatitis B and C, and Syphilis testing. Due to HIPAA regulations, you can’t receive your test results over the phone. Clients aged 13 or older may receive services without parental consent, with a photo ID required. Appointments aren’t required, but wait times can vary for walk-ins. HIV/STD testing is only available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last patient seen at 4:45 p.m. You can pick up free condoms during all normal operating hours.
17 West Monument Avenue Kissimmee, FL 34741, 407-201-2544
CFHC’s Lake Wales Clinic offers confidential testing and treatment for HIV, hepatitis B/C, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Most insurances are accepted, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Services are provided in English and Spanish. Appointments are preferred but not required. You can receive STD testing at all of their primary care locations. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
305 West Central Avenue Lake Wales, FL 33853, 866-234-8534
Community Care Resources of FL provides free, confidential rapid HIV and syphilis testing and low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis B and C tests with some samples sent to the Florida Department of Health. You can also get screening for herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 and treatment if you’re experiencing symptoms. The clinic also offers other STD treatments. Treatment prices vary, but insurance and Medicaid are accepted, and there’s a sliding fee scale. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7492 Cypress Gardens Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884, (877) 287-2520
Florida Health’s Bartow Specialty Care Clinic in Polk County offers routine testing for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. Standard STD testing costs $25 and seeing a provider for treatment if you test positive costs an additional $25. However, charges are based on a sliding fee scale, and private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. You can also request partner services if you’re HIV/STD positive. Walk-in testing and treatment are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but appointments are recommended by calling 863-519-7910, option 3.
1255 Brice Boulevard Bartow, FL 33830, 863-519-8233
Planned Parenthood operates the Lakeland Health Center and offers HIV testing and bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. It also offers PID testing, herpes tests during visible flare-ups, free male and female condoms, and HPV vaccines. Services are available in English or Spanish, by appointment, or on a walk-in basis. Planned Parenthood offers a sliding fee scale to fit your budget if applicable. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2250 East Edgewood Drive Lakeland, FL 33803, 863-665-5735