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Protecting your sexual health is important to not only you, but to your partners. The easiest way to do that is with regular STD screenings.
Considering that Tom Green county, where San Angelo is located, had a Chlamydia infection rate of 623.6 per 100,000 residents – higher than the state’s 508.2 and the national rate of 539.9 – it’s important to get tested. The county also had increased rates of gonorrhea and syphilis.
There are affordable and confidential STD screening options in San Angelo. For instance, at the Mercy Health Care Center, STD testing costs $20.
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:
The County Health Department’s Nursing Division provides STD testing by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The fee for tests is $25, with an additional $10 charge for treatment. The clinic tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, as well as HIV. Other services include routine childhood immunizations, TB testing, and flu shots.
2030 Pullman Street, Suite 8 San Angelo, TX 76905, 325-657-4214
If you live northeast of San Angelo, Mercy Health Care Center in Abilene offers STD testing options. Walk-in testing is available Monday through Thursday. STD testing costs $20, and hepatitis C testing costs $15, though there is free STI testing on the first Monday of every month. You must make an appointment. The clinic’s other services include PrEP, early prenatal, family planning, and Healthy Texas Women services.
1902 Shelton Street Abilene, TX 79601, 325-676-6634
The Midland Health Department is an option if you live northwest of San Angelo. The clinic’s STD and HIV testing services are available by appointment Monday through Friday. Additionally, the health department offers immunizations, TB tests and resources, blood pressure screenings, and pregnancy tests.
3303 West Illinois, Space 22 Midland, TX 79704, 432-681-7613
The Life Center offers STD testing options at several clinics throughout Central Texas. Nurses provide you with free and confidential consultations, testing, and treatment. The Life Center’s other services include pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, and prenatal and parenting classes, as well as adoption referrals. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2101 West Wall Street Midland, TX 79701, 432-570-7745
If you reside east of San Angelo, you may want to visit the Ector County Health Department in Odessa. The Department’s clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with closure for lunch from 12-1 p.m. Its medical team performs STD testing and consultations, as well as immunizations and TB testing. You must make an appointment.
221 North Texas Odessa, TX 79761, 432-498-4141