Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s reported STDs are generally below average, except for syphilis, which is above average. In Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania include:
|STD Trends in Pennsylvania
|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 also 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 Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania 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:
Address: 1700 Market St.,Suite 1540, Philadelphia, PA 19103Number: (215) 985-2600
- AIDS Resource Alliance
Address: 129 S. Sparks St.,Suite 1, State College, PA 16801Number: (814) 272-0818
- Persad Center Incorporated
Address: 5301 Butler St.,Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15224Number: (412) 441-9786
- Philadelphia Fight Community Health Centers
Address: 1207 Chestnut St.,Philadelphia, PA 19107Number: (215) 725-0252
- Project Silk
Address: 304 Wood St., Mezzanine Fl.,Pittsburgh, PA 15222Number: (412) 566-1013
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Pennsylvania
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Pennsylvania?
STD rates are lower in Pennsylvania than in other states. Syphilis is the most common, ranking 32nd in the country at a rate of 8.2 per 100,000 people. Chlamydia cases fall at a rate of 408.3 per 100,000 individuals.
Is STD testing free in Pennsylvania?
There are free STD clinics in Pennsylvania, including Project Silk and AIDS Resource Alliance.
How much does STD testing cost in Pennsylvania?
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 testing for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Is STD testing covered by insurance?
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, but other tests may take up to a week to return results, particularly bacterial testing including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.