Ohio 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 Trends in Ohio
Ohio’s reported STDs are concerning, especially for chlamydia and gonorrhea, which are at above average levels. In Ohio, some of the underlying causes of increased STDs relate to a complex network of social factors. Some of these factors may include economic disparities that prevent access to appropriate health care, substance use, homelessness, and the exchange of sex for money or other resources. Trends seen in Ohio include:
|STD Trends in Ohio
|State rank||Cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
Source: CDC 2020 STD Surveillance Report
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:
|Who should get tested||How often to test|
|Anyone who is sexually active||At least once for HIV and more often if you have new partners|
|Sexually active women under 25 or women 25+ with new or multiple sex partners or a partner with an STD||Annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||During pregnancy for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea|
|Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men||
|Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment||Annually for HIV and Hepatitis B and C|
|People who have had oral or anal sex||Discuss throat and rectal testing with your health care provider|
STD Testing in Ohio:
Ohio 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:
- Ohio Department of HealthAddress: 246 N High St.,Columbus, OH 43215Number: (614) 466-3543
- The City of Columbus Public HealthAddress: 240 Parsons Ave.,Columbus, OH 43215Number: (614) 645-6732
- Cleveland Department of Public HealthAddress: J. Glen Smith Health Center11100 St. Clair Ave.,Cleveland, OH 44108Number: (216) 249-4100
Address: T.F. McCafferty Health Center4242 Lorain Ave.,Cleveland, OH 44113Number: (216) 651-5005
- Hamilton County Public HealthAddress: 250 William Howard Taft Rd.,Cincinnati, OH 45219Number: (513) 946-7600
- Canton City Public HealthAddress: 420 Market Avenue N,Canton, OH 44702Number: (330) 489-3322
- Franklinton Health Center of ColumbusAddress: 1511 West Broad St.,Columbus, OH 43222Number: (614) 222-3525
- Here for You Sexual Health ClinicAddress: 940 London Ave., Suite 1100,Marysville, OH 43040Number: (937) 642-2053
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Ohio
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Ohio?
Chlamydia is the most common STD in Ohio at a rate of 509.2 cases per 100,000 people in the state. But Ohio actually ranks higher for gonorrhea (11th in the nation) at 265.0 cases per 100,000 people.
Is STD testing free in Ohio?
There are free STD clinics in Ohio, including at the Here for You Sexual Health Clinic in Marysville.
How much does STD testing cost in Ohio?
The cost of an STD test can range from a few bucks to hundreds — it really depends on the location and the test type. Some clinics, usually community or nonprofit clinics, provide free or low-cost testing. In addition, you may be able to go through your health insurance at most labs and clinics, with at-home testing companies to lower costs.
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, testing should include HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Is STD testing covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage varies depending on the clinic you visit. However, the majority of public and private STD clinics accept insurance. Call the clinic ahead of your visit to ask about insurance policies.
How long does it take to get STD results?
At some clinics, you may be able to get rapid results within the hour for certain tests, like HIV. Other tests could take up to a week, especially bacterial testing for STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2020 STD Surveillance Report. Updated 2021. Accessed October 20, 2022.https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/tables/2020-STD-Surveillance-State-Ranking-Tables.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STDs and HIV – CDC Basic Fact Sheet. Updated April 12, 2022. Accessed October 20, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/stdfact-std-hiv.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ohio – State Health Profile. Updated 2016. Accessed October 20, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/pdf/Ohio_profile.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – CDC Fact Sheets. Updated January 13, 2022. Accessed October 20, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – Which Tests Should I Get? Updated December 14, 2021. Accessed October 20, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm