STD Testing in Louisiana

Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Louisiana can help you identify STDs early, protect yourself and your partners, and limit the spread of STDs – especially those with undetectable or mild symptoms.

STDs are a national concern, and Louisiana has an especially high rate of all the major diseases, especially chlamydia and gonorrhea, for which the state ranks second in the country, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The state is ranked 12th for primary and secondary syphilis and seventh for congenital syphilis.

Many STDs are curable. For those that aren’t, treatments are usually available to help manage symptoms and prevent you from passing them on to others. If you’re sexually active, regular testing is the only way to know if you have an STD and get the treatment you need to prevent potentially serious health issues and stop the spread.

There are numerous resources for getting STD tests in Louisiana where you can get answers to your questions and get tested, often for free or at a low cost. The GO CARE Community Health Center provides free testing, while the Baton Rouge Planned Parenthood location offers a full suite of sexual health services.

Louisiana 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 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:

STD Testing in Louisiana:

Louisiana 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:

Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Louisiana

Which STD has the highest number of cases in Louisiana?

Chlamydia is the most common STD in Louisiana at a rate of 709.8 cases per 100,000 people. But Louisiana also ranks second for gonorrhea in the nation, though the rate of infection is lower than chlamydia at 333.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Is STD testing free in Louisiana?

There are free STD clinics in Louisiana, including the GO CARE Community Health Center and The Philadelphia Center.

How much does STD testing cost in Louisiana?

STD testing costs vary depending on the test you get and where you get it. You may be able to find free or low-cost testing at some community or nonprofit clinics. Also, you can see if other labs, clinics, and at-home testing accept insurance to cover or reduce your testing cost.

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?

A full STD panel tests you for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Does insurance cover STD testing?

Insurance coverage varies depending on the clinic you use. However, most public and private ones accept insurance. If you have insurance questions, call the clinic before your appointment.

How long does it take to get STD results?

Some tests, like HIV, can provide rapid results within 30 minutes, while others can take a few days or a week. Longer wait times should be expected for bacterial testing, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.


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