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Getting tested for an STD is confidential, and thanks to clinics and health centers in and around Riverview, STD tests are affordable and sometimes even free. In other words, there’s no reason not to put regular screenings on your calendar. After all, it’s the easiest way to protect your sexual health and ensure that you aren’t unknowingly passing infections to anyone.
According to the Florida Health Department, Hillsborough County, where Riverview is located, has a high STD infection rate compared to other parts of Florida. For example, in 2019, chlamydia cases occurred at a rate of 632 infections per 100,000 people, higher than the state rate of 526. Gonorrhea is also more prevalent in Hillsborough County.
The good news is nearby testing is available and accessible. One example is the Tampa Family Health Centers, which provides services including STD and HIV testing; uninsured patients are offered discounted services based on their income.
Brandon Health Center
Palm River Community Health Center
Causeway Blvd Clinic
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:
Riverview’s CVS MinuteClinic provides low-cost STD testing and treatment for individuals 18 and over. The clinic’s practitioners can review the results of a blood or urine sample collected from an outside lab to determine whether you have an STD. It provides treatment for positive results, which may include prescribing an antibiotic or an antiviral drug. Some STDs that you can be treated for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, hepatitis, syphilis, and HPV. The clinic accepts insurance, and self-pay clients can pay by cash, check, or credit card. You can schedule an appointment online or over the phone, and walk-ins are accepted.
5905 US Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL 33578, 866-389-2727
University Health Center is operated by the Florida Department of Health and is situated about 20 miles north of Riverview. Its STD clinic provides confidential, low-cost STD testing services for Riverview residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wait times range between one to two hours, depending on what services are needed, but you are encouraged to arrive as close to the opening time as possible. Services may be free, depending on your household income, and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
13601 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613, 813-307-8058
Florida Department of Health, Hillsborough County
Tampa Family Health Centers, located 6 miles north of Riverview, provides STD and HIV testing, treatment, and counseling. The clinic accepts most private and public health insurance plans, and if you are uninsured, you will be offered discounted services on an income-based sliding fee schedule. Appointments are required for service and can be requested online or by calling the clinic.
7608 Causeway Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33619, 813-397-5300
Suncoast Community Health Centers is located in Brandon, about 6 miles east of Riverview. This clinic is a nonprofit Title X/Family Planning provider that offers a full array of reproductive health services, including access to birth control, free pregnancy testing, and screening and treatment for STDs. It accepts most types of health insurance. If you don’t have health insurance, the clinic provides services on an income-based sliding fee scale. Appointments are required for services and can be made by calling the clinic.
313 South Lakewood Drive, Brandon, FL 33511, 813-653-6100
Midway Specialty Care Center’s Tampa clinic is a nonprofit provider about 20 miles west of Riverview that offers affordable primary care services, including STD and hepatitis testing and treatment. In addition to STD testing, the clinic’s doctors specialize in LGBTQ primary care, trans health services, HIV management, and women’s health. The clinic also has a full-service in-house pharmacy, making filling prescriptions for antibiotics or antiviral medications convenient. Appointments are required for service. You can schedule via the online booking tool or over the phone.
3317 West Gandy Boulevard Tampa, FL 33611, 813-902-8600
Planned Parenthood – Tampa Health Center, located about 15 miles north of Riverview, is a clinic that provides STD services in-person or via telehealth. It offers screening, treatment, and counseling for various STDs, including gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, and hepatitis. Testing is conducted through blood tests, urine analysis, throat swabs, or exams, depending on the type of STD test and your symptoms. Results are available within a few days to a few weeks. Appointments are required, and you can book online or over the phone.
8068 North 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617, 813-980-3555