STD Testing in Mississippi

Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Mississippi can help you identify STDs early, protect yourself and your partners, and limit the spread of STDs — especially STDs with undetectable or mild symptoms.

STDs are a national concern, and Mississippi has the highest rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the country, ranking first according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the state is second for syphilis and eighth for congenital syphilis.

Many STDs are curable. For those that aren’t, treatments are usually available to help manage symptoms and prevent you from passing them on to others. If you’re sexually active, regular testing is the only way to know if you have an STD and get the treatment you need to prevent potentially serious health issues and stop the spread.

There are numerous Mississippi STD testing resources where you can get answers to your questions about STDs and get tested, often for free or at a low cost. Planned Parenthood Hattiesburg Health Center offers a full suite of sexual health services and access to an interpreter if you let them know in advance. Open Arms has a sliding fee scale to make STD testing and treatment services affordable. And walk-in testing is an option at Desoto County Health Department.

Mississippi 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 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 you should generally follow these CDC recommendations:

STD Testing in Mississippi:

Mississippi 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:

Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Mississippi

Which STD has the highest number of cases in Mississippi?

Mississippi ranks first in the country for chlamydia and gonorrhea. There are 803.7 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people and 462.8 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000. The state is second for syphilis, with 24.9 cases per 100,000 individuals living in Mississippi.

Is STD testing free in Mississippi?

There are free and low-cost STD clinics in Mississippi, including Planned Parenthood Hattiesburg Health Center, which offers a sliding fee scale, as does Open Arms Healthcare Center.

How much does STD testing cost in Mississippi?

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 to test for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Does insurance cover STD testing?

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.


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