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Did you know that discovering an STD early can improve treatment and help prevent severe symptoms and spreading to sexual partners? That’s why regular screenings are important.
Consider this: In Wisconsin’s Dane County, where Madison is located, chlamydia and gonorrhea diagnoses increased for five years straight as of 2018, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The good news is that there are many options for affordable and confidential testing. For example, Vivent Health offers STI testing as well as free, confidential HIV testing, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and access to PrEP.
Wingra Family Medical Center
Joyce and Marshall Erdman Clinic
William T Evjue Clinic
Madison South Health Center
East Washington Office
School of Medicine and Public Health
Medical Specialty Clinics
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:
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin operates the Madison South Health Center to provide HIV testing and STD testing and treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, and genital warts. STD prevention services include STD/safer sex education, dental dams, and male and female condoms. If you are uninsured, you may qualify for a state-funded program or lower fee scale for services, which are available by appointment.
2222 South Park Street, Suite 210 Madison, WI 53713, Multiple Madison locations, 844-493-1052
The Public Health Madison and Dane County Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic provides STD testing and treatment for people of all ages, sexual orientations, and gender identities/expressions. Services are available by appointment only and include chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV testing. It also offers hepatitis A and B and HPV vaccines, focused exams for symptoms, and free condoms. Call to make an appointment during clinic hours on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.
2705 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53704, 608-243-0411
Access Community Health Centers operate the William T. Evjue Clinic, offering STD screenings, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV testing. You must be a Dane County resident. Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance are accepted, with a sliding scale offered for uninsured individuals. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ACHC also provides services at the Joyce and Marshall Erdman Clinic at 2202 South Park Street and the Wingra Family Medical Center at 1102 South Park Street.
3434 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53704, Multiple Madison locations, 608-443-5480
The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics offer STD screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and C, and HIV. It also provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, PrEP navigation regardless of insurance status, reviews of other preventative measures, and treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. It accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, and provides a sliding scale if you are uninsured. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
600 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53792, 608-263-0946
The Madison office of Vivent Health has a team of health care providers, prevention specialists, and pharmacists who create individualized plans to help prevent hepatitis, HIV, and other STDs. It offers free, confidential HIV testing, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and access to PrEP. Individuals may also qualify for free at-home HIV testing kits. Testing hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but appointments can be made outside these hours if necessary.
600 Williamson Street, Suite H Madison, WI 53703, 608-252-6540