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Many health clinics in and around Myrtle Beach offer low-cost STD testing. You can also get tested with or without health insurance.
South Carolina had the fourth-highest rate of new chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the nation in 2019, according to the CDC. With more than 700 new cases of chlamydia per 100,000 population and more than 278 new cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 population, the state is well above the national average in terms of STDs per capita.
You can get an STD test at any of the CVS MinuteClinics in the Myrtle Beach area. Careteam Plus, a nonprofit family health and specialty care clinic, offers STD testing on a walk-in basis or by appointment and promises you won’t be turned away for inability to pay. Health Care Partners of South Carolina has an on-site pharmacy with discounts on over 200 medications.
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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:
Careteam Plus is a nonprofit family health and specialty care clinic that provides a broad array of services, including pharmaceutical services, pediatrics, adult primary care, and chronic illness management. The clinic, which is located about 10 miles to the northwest of Myrtle Beach, offers testing services for STDs, including chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea. Services are provided on a walk-in basis or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, you can call the clinic or use the online messaging tool. The clinic accepts Medicare and Medicaid along with a wide range of private insurance plans, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay for services.
100 Professional Park Drive Conway, SC 29526, 843-234-0005
There are several CVS MinuteClinic locations throughout the Myrtle Beach region. While these clinics don’t have sliding fee schedules, they provide affordable urgent and primary care services. Their providers conduct STD evaluations and treatment and can address conditions such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. They also provide treatment for partners of those who tested positive for an STD. Walk-in appointments may be available, but you can schedule an appointment for the most efficient service by calling your nearest clinic or using the online booking tool.
1303 38th Avenue North Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, Multiple Myrtle Beach locations, 866-389-2727
Health Care Partners of South Carolina is situated about 20 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach in Conway. You can obtain a wide array of urgent and routine health services at this location, including primary care, dental services, and mental health services. The clinic also administers testing for herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, along with vaccinations for hepatitis A and B and HPV. It has an on-site pharmacy with discounts on over 200 medications, making it easy to quickly fill prescriptions for treatment. To schedule an appointment, you can call the clinic’s main office.
1608 North Main Street Conway, SC 29526, 843-248-4700
The Little River Medical Center is a nonprofit health clinic that provides primary and preventative care. Its reproductive services include sexual health counseling and screening and treatment for STDs. Most insurance plans are accepted, but if you’re paying for services out of pocket, you may be eligible for a discount depending on your income and family size. No one is denied services due to an inability to pay. All services are available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about available services, call the clinic directly.
4303 Live Oak Drive Little River, SC 29566, 843.602.6904
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control operates public health clinics throughout the state, including one in the Myrtle Beach region. You can obtain a broad array of affordable health care services at this location, including family planning services and testing for common STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. It administers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines and provides HIV testing and referrals. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the clinic or by utilizing the online chat tool. The clinic also provides important information on STD prevention and can connect you with area resources that promote healthy living.
700 21st Avenue North Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, 843-915-4800