Maryland 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 Trends in Maryland
In Maryland, STDs impact men and women of all ages. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the most commonly diagnosed STDs in the state. In 2020, these STDs were prevalent throughout more than half the zip codes in Maryland. Several factors likely contribute to the high incidence of STDs within the state, including socioeconomic disparities that prevent access to health care services and STD education.
|STD Trends in Maryland
|State rank||Cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
Source: CDC 2020 STD Surveillance Report
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:
|Who should get tested||How often to test|
|Anyone who is sexually active||At least once for HIV and more often if you have new partners|
|Sexually active women under 25 or women 25+ with new or multiple sex partners or a partner with an STD||Annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||During pregnancy for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea|
|Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men||
|Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment||Annually for HIV and Hepatitis B and C|
|People who have had oral or anal sex||Discuss throat and rectal testing with your health care provider|
STD Testing in Maryland:
Maryland 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:
- Planned Parenthood of Maryland Inc.
Address: 330 N. Howard St., Baltimore, MD 21201Number: (410) 576-1414
- Baltimore City Health Department Druid Sexual Health Clinic
Address: 1515 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217Number: (410) 396-0176
- AHF Wellness Center
Address: 11 E. Lexington St., Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21202Number: (833) 243-7411
- Maryland Department of Health
Address: 12501 Willowbrook Rd., Cumberland, MD 21502Number: (301) 759-5000
- University of Maryland Health Center
Address: University Health Center, Building #140, College Park, MD 20742Number: (301) 314-8184
- Montgomery County Maryland Department of Health and Human Services
Address: 2000 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring, MDNumber: (240) 777-1760
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Maryland
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Maryland?
Chlamydia is the most common STD in Maryland at a rate of 535.9 cases per 100,000 people. It ranks 12th in the nation in chlamydia cases.
Is STD testing free in Maryland?
There are free STD clinics in Maryland, including at the Maryland Department of Health and Planned Parenthood.
How much does STD testing cost in Maryland?
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.
What is included in a full STD panel?
When getting a full STD panel, expect testing for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Is STD testing covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage depends on the clinic you visit, but most public and private STD clinics accept insurance. Contact the clinic before your visit to ask about insurance policies.
How long does it take to get STD results?
Some clinics offer rapid results, such as HIV test results within 30 minutes. Still, other tests may take up to a week to return results, particularly bacterial testing, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020 STD Surveillance Report. Updated 2021. Accessed October 25, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/tables/2020-STD-Surveillance-State-Ranking-Tables.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STDs and HIV – CDC Basic Fact Sheet. Updated April 12, 2022. Accessed October 25, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/stdfact-std-hiv.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – CDC Fact Sheets. Updated January 13, 2022. Accessed October 25, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – Which Tests Should I Get? Updated December 14, 2021. Accessed October 25, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm