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There are new STD cases reported every year in North Carolina. Protecting your health means being proactive about your sexual health through regular STD testing.
North Carolina had the sixth-highest rate of reported chlamydia cases per capita and the eighth-highest rate of reported gonorrhea cases per capita in the nation in 2019. This puts the state well above average in terms of reported STD cases compared to the rest of the nation. So it’s important to get regular STD testing if you live in Raleigh.
You can get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and hepatitis C, as well as conventional HIV at the Advance Community Health. Men and women can get walk-in STD testing at Gateway Women’s Care in Durham or by appointment in Raleigh. The LGBT Center of Raleigh offers free STD testing on a walk-in basis every Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
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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. While community testing centers may charge a fee for STD testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
Advance Community Health is a community-based clinic that offers various low-cost services, including some gynecological services such as STD testing and treatment. Appointments are required for services and can be made by calling the clinic. STDs that you can be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and hepatitis C, as well as conventional HIV tests. You can also receive hepatitis A and B vaccines. Most health insurance plans are accepted, and a sliding fee schedule is available to qualifying clients without insurance coverage.
1011 Rock Quarry Road Raleigh, NC 27610, (919) 833-3111
Avance Care provides primary care services for adolescents and adults, including testing for HPV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. You can also obtain preventative care, including vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone or through the clinic’s online booking tool. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, and it has discounted rates if you don’t have insurance coverage. In addition to STD testing and treatment, Avance Care offers preventative care, health services for men and women, flu vaccines, allergy services, and behavioral wellness.
815 Oberlin Road, Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27605, (919) 322-4722
Gateway Women’s Care’s Raleigh location provides walk-in STD testing for males and females at its Durham location or by appointment on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month in Raleigh. Testing services are free and confidential and include screenings for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis C. In addition to STD testing, the clinic provides a variety of reproductive services, including pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and options counseling.
1306 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC 27605, (919) 833-0096
The LGBT Center of Raleigh serves individuals in and around the Triangle area by providing free HIV and STD testing. Services are available on a walk-in basis every Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., You can schedule testing outside of this time by calling the center. HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C are tested through a blood draw, and gonorrhea and chlamydia are tested through a urine sample, and test results are available within a couple of weeks. If you est positive, you will be referred to local healthcare providers for treatment.
19 West Hargett Street, Suite 507 Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-834-2437
Raleigh Health Center, which Planned Parenthood South Atlantic operates, provides STD testing, treatment, and prevention services for males and females. STDs for which you can test include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, genital warts, and trichomoniasis. Test results are available within a few days to a few weeks and are provided over the phone. The clinic accepts most public and private health insurance plans and offers a sliding fee schedule for self-paying clients. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone or online. STD services for those without symptoms may be provided via telehealth.
100 South Boylan Avenue Raleigh, NC 27603, (919) 833-7526
The Wake County Human Services’ Public Health Center provides HIV and STD education and outreach services to those who live in the Raleigh region. Services may be offered by appointment or on a walk-in basis. The center’s services include condom distribution sites and free information sessions covering topics surrounding STDs such as symptoms, protection methods, treatment options, and community resources. The center also hosts confidential STD counseling and testing at various community locations.
10 Sunnybrook Road, Clinic A Raleigh, NC 27610, (919) 250-3883