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Sexual health is important to overall health, but many STDs present no symptoms. The best way to be proactive about your sexual health is through regular STD testing, which you can do for free and confidentially in Rock Hill.
South Carolina has some of the highest rates of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the nation. Of all states, it has the fourth-highest rate of these STDs per capita. Syphilis is also prevalent in the state, making it important to safeguard your sexual health with regular STD testing.
There are several clinics in and near Rock Hill that provide free or low-cost STD testing. Affinity Health Center offers free rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing with results in about 30 minutes. Charlotte Community Health Clinic welcomes all patients, regardless of where you live. You can also get free conventional blood HIV, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing at the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
York County Health Department
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:
Affinity Health Center offers free rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing with results in about 30 minutes, and STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea with results in about two weeks. It also provides pregnancy testing, PrEP for uninsured individuals, and HIV/STD prevention education for the entire community. Testing is available on a walk-in basis, with appointments unnecessary. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
455 Lakeshore Parkway Rock Hill, SC 29730, 803-909-9709
Charlotte Community Health Clinic welcomes all patients, regardless of where you live, and doesn’t restrict its discount program to only Mecklenburg County residents. It provides low-cost conventional blood HIV testing and STD testing, rapid HIV testing, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C. Testing is performed at the on-site laboratory. The clinic also offers hepatitis A and B vaccines and PrEP/PEP for HIV prevention. Appointments are required, with no walk-ins allowed. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
5301 Wilkinson Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28208, 704-316-6561
C.W. Williams Community Health Center furnishes testing, diagnoses, preventative education, and healthcare services. It offers free conventional blood HIV, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. The center provides low-cost services and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and some private insurance plans as well as a sliding scale fee based on income and family size. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3333 Wilkinson Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28208, 866-299-4968
RAO Community Health provides sexual health services in the Charlotte metro area, which includes Rock Hill. It offers free HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. RAO also provides herpes and hepatitis B and C testing, hepatitis B vaccines, PrEP, and HIV/STD treatment. Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover prEP with co-pay assistance available. Clinic hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an evening clinic every Thursday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
321 West 11th Street Charlotte, NC 28202, 704-237-8793
The York County Health Department provides conventional blood HIV testing, hepatitis B and C testing, and STD testing and treatment for gonorrhea and syphilis. It also offers hepatitis A and B and HPV vaccinations. Services are low-cost with a sliding scale available, but the Department also accepts Medicaid and Medicare. You must schedule an appointment either by phone or online using the webchat feature. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call to ask about extended or weekend hours.
1070 Heckle Boulevard Rock Hill, SC 29732, 803-909-7300