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Your health is too important to take chances with. Whether you’re concerned about exposure or just want peace of mind, regular screening for STDs can help, and Little Rock has a number of options to make testing easier.
As a state, Arkansas ranks above the national average for cases per 100,000 of gonorrhea, chlamydia, primary, secondary, and congenital syphilis. While Arkansas ranks 18th in reported cases of chlamydia, it ranks 13th in gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis, and 9th in congenital syphilis. It’s a good idea to get tested regularly if you’re sexually active.
The Little Rock area has nine STD testing sites you can visit, including seven that are free or low cost. The Arkansas Department of Health offers you two locations, one near downtown and one across the Arkansas River in North Little Rock. Planned Parenthood Great Plains also offers testing with free or low cost options. Although there isn’t an option for low cost testing, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
Little Rock ARcare Medical Clinic
Central Public Health Region
Central Public Health Region
Open Hands Clinic
Little Rock Aldersgate Road Health Center
UAMS Infectious Diseases Clinic
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 Arkansas Department of Health’s Pulaski County Health Unit provides a full array of health care services to residents in the Little Rock region, including STD counseling, testing, and treatment. STDs that you may be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, and vaccines for HPV and hepatitis B are available. Testing is available by appointment at no cost, and treatment for you and expedited partner therapy are provided if you test positive. In addition to testing, the unit manages STD prevention and education programs, which include free condoms and educational materials. Appointments are avaialble 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
3915 W. Eighth Street Little Rock, Ark. 72204, 501-280-3100
JCCSI is a nonprofit health care organization that provides a broad range of services, including STD testing and treatment. Some STDs that you may be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and it has an income-based sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. In addition to STD services, the clinic offers immunizations for HPV and hepatitis A and B, family medicine, chronic disease management, dental care, behavioral health, and a medication assistance program. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the office, which is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
1100 N. University, Suite 125 Little Rock, Ark. 72207, 501-663-0055
Aldersgate Road Health Center is operated by Planned Parenthood Great Plains and offers sexual and reproductive health services to men and women in the Little Rock region. You can receive testing for infections such as oral and genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Test results are available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of test, and treatment is provided if you test positive. Appointments are required for service, and you can make them online or over the phone. In addition to in-person services, the center offers some STD services via telehealth.
1501 Aldersgate Road Little Rock, Ark. 72205, 501-666-7526
Little Rock Primary Care is operated by ARcare, a federally qualified health center that serves those in rural and underserved regions. At the Little Rock location, you can receive a broad range of health care services, including testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C, and vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans and has a sliding fee schedule if you don’t have health insurance or adequate coverage. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the clinic, which is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
11219 Financial Centre Parkway, Suite 200 Little Rock, Ark. 72211, 501-455-2712
Unity Health is located in Searcy, about 50 miles north of Little Rock. This nonprofit health care provider offers a wide array of services for whether or not you have health insurance, including testing and treatment for STDs such as chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis. You can also receive STD prevention services, including vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B. Insurance is accepted, and if you don’t have insurance, you can apply for financial assistance. Services are provided by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling the clinic, which is open weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
2900 Hawkins Drive Searcy, Ark. 72143, 501-278-2800