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Protecting your sexual health and being mindful of your partners is the responsible thing to do, and it can keep you safe. Luckily, testing for STDs is a breeze – it’s confidential, affordable (sometimes free) and it’s something all sexually active people should consider.
This is especially true for Odessa residents, where the case rates of some STDs are on the rise. In fact, Dr. Cristina Penon and Dr. Vani Selvan of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center voiced concern specifically for Odessa and other parts of Ector County in their report about STIs in West Texas. For example, when compared with other Texas counties, Ector County has one of the highest gonorrhea rates in the entire state.
Visiting a community center or public health clinic in or near Odessa is in your best interest. At Basin Assistance Services, for example, you can get free STD testing and other confidential services.
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:
Basin Assistance Services, a program administered by PermiaCare, offers HIV testing and services for HIV-positive individuals living in and around Midland. Staff members keep test information confidential to ensure the comfort of everyone who receives services via PermiaCare. If you bring proof of Texas residency and proof of current income, Basin Assistance Services offers HIV medications, dental care, counseling, medical transportation, and case management. These services help slow the progression of HIV and improve life for individuals living with the disease.
1330 E. 8th Street, Suite 315 Odessa, TX 79761, 432-580-0713
For Midland residents concerned about privacy, the Ector County Health Department in nearby Odessa offers STD testing. It’s an affordable option for anyone in need of testing. The testing site accepts walk-ins only, and charges a low fee of $20 per test.
221 N. Texas Odessa, TX 79761, 432-498-4141
The Midland Health Department offers HIV blood testing as well as testing for gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. Testing services are typically available Tuesday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you are in need of testing, call to make am appointment. Staff members are also available to provide HIV test counseling and distribute free condoms. 3303 W.
Illinois Avenue, Space 22 Midland, TX 79704, 432-681-7613