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Whether you’re concerned that you may have an STD or just want to stay up on your health, regular STD testing is a good idea. Lubbock offers several clinics where residents can get confidential STD testing for free or at low-cost.
Texas has below-average rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis relative to the rest of the nation, but the state has the highest rates of congenital syphilis in the U.S. It’s important to maintain your sexual health through STD testing.
STD testing at many locations in and around Lubbock is free, such as at The Free Clinic which offers testing to at-risk residents who don’t have a primary care physician or insurance. The Texas Department of State Health Services also operates a clinic in Lubbock. In addition to STD screening, the clinic offers a Prevention Program that provides additional care and medication. Texas University partners with the Lubbock Health Department to provide free STD testing to students once each semester.
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 City of Lubbock Health Department operates an STD clinic that provides confidential testing services for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and other STDs as needed. You pay a small fee that covers the clinic visit, testing, and treatment. Referrals to physicians are required for the treatment of certain STDs. The clinic doesn’t supply or stock medications, but if you test positive for an STD, you may be given a written prescription to take to your preferred pharmacy. Appointments are required for testing services and can be made by calling the clinic.
806 18th Street Lubbock, TX 79401, 806-775-2933
The Texas Department of State Health Services operates several clinics throughout the state, including one in Lubbock. At this location, you receive an array of services, including immunizations, dental services, vision and hearing screenings, and STD services. The clinic operates the STD/HIV Prevention Program, which provides medical consultations, clinical services for diagnosing and treatment, partner notification, and some STD medications.
6302 Iola Avenue Lubbock, TX 79424, 06-783-6437
The Free Clinic is a student-run free clinic that serves the at-risk population in Lubbock, including those who don’t have health insurance or a primary care physician. Its team of volunteers includes community physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and Texas Tech University premed students. The clinic provides a full array of services, including women’s health care and testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. The clinic also provides social support, such as referrals, low-cost dental services, housing assistance, and medical education. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the clinic or emailing [email protected].
2707 34th Street Lubbock, TX 79410, 806-799-4329
Parkridge Medical Clinic specializes in women’s health issues and provides a full array of services for women and their partners. Along with pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and options education, the clinic offers STD testing and treatment. You can get tested for common STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HPV, and HIV, and screening is available for herpes, genital warts, scabies, and molluscum. Referrals are provided for syphilis testing. Depending on test results, the clinic dispenses free treatment and care. To schedule an appointment, you can call the clinic between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
5203 79th Street, Suite A Lubbock, TX 79424, 806-794-8555
Texas Tech University partners with the Lubbock Health Department to provide free STD testing to students once per semester. Testing includes a urine sample for chlamydia and gonorrhea and a blood test for syphilis and HIV. Urine and blood samples are taken on-site, and results are available within two weeks. The clinic also provides free HPV vaccines for those with health insurance. No appointments are needed for service.
1003 Flint Avenue Lubbock, TX 79409, 806-742-2110