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The last few years have seen an increase in Tennessee’s incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, especially among those between the ages of 20 and 24. Access to community testing and at-home STD tests are two of the most effective ways you can steer clear of this growing public health crisis.
Memphis’ Shelby County accounts for the highest caseload of chlamydia in the entire state. The county ranks 18th in the country for disclosed cases of gonorrhea. Though the infection rates for syphilis run below the national average, the need for affordable, accessible STD testing in the area remains high.
A wealth of resources is available if you need STD testing and counseling. The Shelby County Health Department has two separate STD/HIV clinics. The clinics provide confidential testing, treatment, counseling and early intervention. The Corner has fast and free access to pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis regardless of insurance, income, or immigration status and offers in-person and telehealth appointments as well as an in-house pharmacy. Friends for Life offers free and confidential HIV/STD testing and counseling at their location and an in-house pharmacy.
West Memphis HIV Service Access Center
Northeast Public Health Region
Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
Orange Mound Health Center
Christ Community Health Services
Raleigh Health Center
Community HIV Network
Midtown Poplar Health Center
Packer STD HIV Clinic
Cawthon STD/HIV Clinic
Infectious Disease Program
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:
At 901 Health & Wellness Clinic you can get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, conventional blood HIV, and hepatitis B and C. Family planning and birth control are also available. You can call to schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are also welcome. The clinic offers low-cost services, and insurance and Medicare are accepted. A dedicated parking lot with free parking is available. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 p.m.
364 South Front Street Memphis, TN 38103, 901-308-1067
If you are uninsured, CHOICES can provide you with free HIV testing and PrEP as well as a sliding fee scale for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C testing. Walk-in service for STD testing is not available, so you must become a patient and ask the clinician to order testing. Adolescents 13 and older can receive STD testing and family planning services without parental consent. CHOICES accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, but you won’t be turned away for in ability to pay. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1203 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104, 901-274-3550
The Corner offers free and confidential testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, rapid HIV, hepatitis B & C, and syphilis in a friendly, stigma-free environment. You’ll find fast and free access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) regardless of your insurance, income or immigration status. PrEP and PEP prescriptions are filled at no cost through an in-house pharmacy housed onsite. The Corner is conveniently located in Cooper-Young neighborhood of Midtown Memphis. It usually offers in-person and telehealth appointments Saturday through Tuesday from 12:00 p.m to 8:00 pm and Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. D`ue to ongoing COVID-19 procedures, The Corner is not currently offering any walk-in appointments. Telehealth appointments can be made by texting to 901-896-0739 or emailing through the website.
806 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104, 901-896-0737
Friends for Life can provide you with free and confidential HIV/STD testing and counseling between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Making an appointment will get you faster service, but walk-ins are accommodated if possible. Full panel STD testing is also available by appointment at The Haven (622 Minor Road) Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Haven can provide you with free condoms, personal lubricant, and safe sex kits. Team members can also visit your location, and its outreach program provides HIV/STD testing, counseling, and education at various targeted settings.
43 North Cleveland Street Memphis, TN 38104, 901-333-8248
Through the Midtown Poplar Health Center, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi can provide you with free HIV testing and diagnosis, as well as testing, diagnosis, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. It can also provide you with condoms, HPV vaccines, and STD/safer sex education, as well as free pregnancy testing, birth control refills, and emergency contraception. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits, and free parking and Spanish translators are available.
2430 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38112, 866-711-1717
The Shelby County Health Department operates two STD/HIV clinics that can offer you confidential STD testing, treatment, counseling, and early intervention services. The Parker STD/HIV Clinic and the Cawthorn Public Health Clinic both test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and HIV. You can typically get results within seven to 10 business days, and appointments are available one day in advance. Cawthorn also provides family planning, vaccinations for adults and children, and other women and infant services. Both clinics are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
814 Jefferson Avenue, Room 221 Memphis, TN 38105, Multiple Memphis locations 901-222-9385