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Sexually transmitted diseases can have no symptoms but still be detrimental to your health. Getting regular STD testing once you become sexually active is important. New Braunfels residents have access to free or low-cost testing at many local clinics.
Texas is the state with the highest rate of reported congenital syphilis cases per capita. While rates of chlamydia and gonnorhea are below the national average, it’s still a good idea to get tested regularly to protect your sexual health.
Free STD testing is available at The Kind Clinic regardless of your gender, race, or sexual orientation. The clinic also offers virtual consultations. Saturday screening is available at the Center for Health Empowerment in South Austin, which alkso has locations in East Austin, Lancaster and Dallas, and the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. The County Public Health Clinic in downtown New Braunfels also provides vaccines for hepatitis A and B and HPV. You can even order a free HIV test to perform at home from the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, or visit their mobile HIV testing unit.
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:
If you’re a New Braunfels resident who lives northeast of the city, you may prefer to visit the Center for Health Empowerment, which lies in southern Austin, TX. This nonprofit organization provides STD screenings for free or at low costs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV are a few of the many infectious organisms the center tests for. Appointments can be scheduled over the phone, online, or by walking in. The South Austin office is open Tuesday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons and evenings as well as in the morning on the first Saturday of each month.
4534 West Gate Boulevard, Suite 106 Austin, TX 78702, 512-840-1273
The county’s health department manages a clinic in downtown New Braunfels which offers STD prevention education and limited lab capabilities, including pregnancy tests and hepatitis B and C screening. Vaccines for hepatitis A and B and HPV are also available. Clinic hours vary, so it’s best to call before visiting, but walk-ins are accepted. Fees are listed on the Health Department website.
1297 Church Hill Drive, Suite 102, New Braunfels, Texas 78130, 830-221-1150
The Kind Clinic provides free sexual health services to anyone, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation. The San Antonio location is just 30 miles southwest of New Braunfels. The clinic offers screening for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and hepatitis A and B. Results are returned to you via an online portal. If positive, a follow-up appointment is scheduled. The Kind Clinic also provides HIV testing and supportive care if you’re diagnosed with HIV. Drop-in testing hours are Monday through Friday, daily, with breaks for lunch. You can also speak with an STD counselor via virtual visits.
730 Isom Road
San Antonio, TX 78216
Planned Parenthood has an office just west of New Braunfels on the northeast outskirts of San Antonio, TX. The agency offers in-person and telehealth STD consults. Screening options include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV, and the center gives vaccines for hepatitis and HPV as well. You can pay with insurance, Medicare, Texas Medicaid, or apply for financial assistance. No insurance is necessary, and all are welcome. The Northeast center is open Monday through Saturday during the day, and walk-ins are accepted. Languages spoken include Spanish and English, and other options are available with advance notice.
11514 Perrin Beitel Road, San Antonio, TX 78217, 210-590-0202
Situated near downtown San Antonio, about 40 miles from New Braunfels, the AIDS Foundation provides HIV and syphilis screening at the Grayson Street location. The organization also sponsors a mobile HIV testing unit that roams the city, or you can order a free HIV test to perform at home. Testing services are available daily, Monday through Saturday, and all screenings are free. English- and Spanish-speaking staff are on hand for STD counseling, and the center gives out free condoms at all testing sites.
818 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX 78208