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If you’re worried about your sexual health or just want to get tested, STD testing is available for free or at low cost to Lumberton residents. You can visit any number of local clinics during the work week or before or after work or school.
North Carolina has among the highest rates of reported cases of chlamydia and gonnorhea in the nation. While the state has below-average levels of reported syphillis cases, Lumberton residents should still take care of their sexual health. A great way to do this is through regular free STD testing.
Many clinics in the Lumberton area offer free STD testing, and those that provide it on a sliding fee scale, like Hoke County Health Department, often accepts all insurance plans, including NC Medicaid. Goshen Medical Center in Garland is open as early as 7 a.m. and stays open until 6 p.m. four days a week. CommWell Health of Tar Heel offers a program called S.T.Y.L.E. for men, which sponsors frequent STD testing and provides support groups.
Lumberton Health Center
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:
CommWell Health is a nonprofit center bringing health care to communities regardless of your ability to pay. Appointments are required for STD screening, and the center is open Monday through Friday. Available STD tests include HIV (rapid and blood draw), syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis C. Vaccines are also available for hepatitis A and B. The center manages a healthcare program named S.T.Y.L.E., aimed at men having sex with men. The program organizes support groups, helps with HIV management, and sponsors frequent STD testing.
16526 Highway 87 West, Tar Heel, NC 28392, 877-935-5255
If you live east of Lumberton, you can choose to visit the Goshen Medical Center in nearby Garland. The center has a broader range of open hours than most clinics, opening at 7:00 a.m. and closing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Appointments are required, so you need to call ahead. Testing services include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. Additionally, the center offers two HIV testing options, conventional blood draw and rapid-results. Federal funding allows the center to charge fees based on a sliding scale.
105 South Lisbon Avenue, Garland, NC 28441, 910-529-1827
Located in nearby Raeford, NC, the Hoke County Health Department offers various STD services, including screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Conventional blood-draw testing for HIV is also available. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and the office accepts all insurances, including NC Medicaid. You must call for an appointment, and service hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
683 East Palmer Road, Raeford, NC 28376, 910-875-3717, ext 2111
Lumberton is the county seat of Robeson County, so if you live in the area, you have easy access to the county health department. Open Monday through Friday, during the day, the department provides testing for STDs including gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and syphilis from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also receive vaccines for hepatitis A and B and be screened for hepatitis C.
460 Country Club Road
Lumberton, NC 28360
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Julian T. Pierce Health Center offers community services at reduced rates. Due to federal funding, fees are based on your ability to pay. The health center provides STD screening for common infections, including but not limited to gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. Testing for Hepatitis C and vaccines for Hepatitis B and HPV are also available. Health center hours are Monday through Friday (note that the center closes for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closes early on Fridays), and appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.
307 East Wardell Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372, 910-521-2816