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Many clinics around Middletown offer free or low-cost STD testing on a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured and accept most major insurance plans.
Ohio residents experienced the fourteenth highest rate of new gonorrhea cases per capita in 2019. They also reported above-average levels of new chlamydia cases per capita that year. If you live in Middletown, you should strongly consider getting regular STD testing to protect your sexual health.
Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton provides STD testing at its Alex Central Health Center with interpreters available upon request. You don’t need an appointment to get tested at Planned Parenthood’s Hamilton Health Center, where you can get tested Monday through Friday or the second Saturday of each month. Warren County Combined Health District provides free HIV testing and low-cost STD testing charged on a sliding scale based on your income if you’re uninsured or underinsured.
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.a While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton offer HIV/STD testing at its Alex Central Health Center. Services include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV tests, and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Interpreters for non-English speaking or deaf and hard of hearing patients are available with advance notice. The Center accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify. Appointments are required during clinic hours: Mondays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5 South Alexandersville Road Miamisburg, OH 45342, 937-247-0304
Located just six miles from Middletown, the Franklin Family Practice offers low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B/C, and HIV testing. It also provides PrEP and HPV, and hepatitis A/B vaccines. You can pay with private insurance and Medicare, but you can discuss payment options with the staff if you’re uninsured. Appointments are required on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
8401 Claude Thomas Way, Suite 21D Franklin, OH 45005, 937-743-5965
Planned Parenthood’s Hamilton Health Center accepts walk-ins, subject to availability, for most services. It offers male/female condoms, HPV vaccines, HIV testing, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, and herpes testing and treatment. If you’re uninsured, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance. Services are provided in English and Spanish and are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m.; and the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
11 Ludlow Street Hamilton, OH 45011, 513-856-8332
The TriHealth Clinic at Walgreens offers low-cost STD testing and treatment to patients aged 18 or older. You can get HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B/C, herpes, and syphilis testing. TriHealth also offers the human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine series. STD testing/treatment costs $89 to $129, and private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Appointments are recommended.
12110 Lebanon Road Sharonville, OH 45241, 513-853-9700
Warren County CHD offers chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B/C testing on Thursday mornings and HIV testing on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. by appointment only. You can schedule your appointment by calling 513-695-1263 during office hours, which are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. HIV testing is free, but all other services are charged on a sliding scale based on your income if you’re uninsured or underinsured. It accepts private insurance and Medicaid, but it isn’t a Medicare provider.
416 South East Street Lebanon, OH 45036, 513-695-1263