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STD testing is an important part of staying healthy. Whether or not you’re experiencing symptoms, you should know where you can go for STD screening so you can be proactive about your health. If you suspect you’ve been exposed to an STD, testing is critical—and you may get a test for free or a reduced cost at one of the 24 testing sites in San Antonio.
STDs including chlamydia and gonorrhea are less prevalent in Texas than in other states, with Texas ranking No. 39 for chlamydia and No. 32 for gonorrhea in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STD Surveillance State Ranking Table. On the other hand, Texas has more cases of congenital syphilis than anywhere else in the U.S., ranking No. 1. However, Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, has the highest rate of STDs in the state according to the Texas STD Surveillance Report.
You can find confidential, quick STD screening in San Antonio. At the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, you can remain anonymous and only need to provide your date of birth. ANY LAB TEST NOW of San Antonio is convenient because it has seven locations. Following is a comprehensive listing of STD testing sites in San Antonio and how testing works.
Centro de Vida Empowerment Project
Santa Rosa Pavillion Clinic
South Park Medical Clinic
Southside Medical Clinic
Palo Alto Clinic
San Pedro Center
Southeast Health Center
South Texas Medical Center
Marbach Rd Health Center
Metro Health STD HIV 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:
Metro Health STD/HIV Clinic is operated by the City of San Antonio and offers an STD and HIV prevention and control program if you’re a resident. The clinic is open for varied hours on weekdays, and you can walk in to get testing. To be seen, you must arrive at least 45 minutes before closing. Fees are charged based on the services provided, but special arrangements may be considered if you are unable to pay for screening and treatment. In addition to the clinic’s permanent location, it operates a mobile unit that travels throughout the city and provides testing and treatment for most STDs.
512 East Highland Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78210 Multiple San Antonio locations, 210-207-8830
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation provides testing for HIV, syphilis, and latent tuberculosis. All testing and results are provided free of charge, and services are provided on a walk-in basis. Testing is entirely confidential and can be provided anonymously; you only need to provide your date of birth. The organization offers a permanent location, as well as a mobile HIV testing unit that travels throughout the city. The van features two private testing rooms, and phlebotomy and rapid HIV testing are available. Testing hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
818 E. Grayson St. San Antonio, TX 78208, 210-225-4715
ANY LAB TEST NOW is a nationwide organization that offers seven San Antonio metro locations. It provides a wide array of affordable lab testing options, including general health panels and STD testing. Prices for testing are provided up front and you can choose to have individual tests for specific STDs, such as syphilis or gonorrhea, a basic STD panel that screens for the five most common STDs, or the comprehensive panel that screens for six STDs. No doctor’s note is required, and no appointment is necessary. Results are generally available within three to five business days. Clinic hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5720 Bandera Rd., Ste. #6 San Antonio, TX 78238, 210-680-5900
Any Woman Can is a nonprofit health center that provides a variety of free services to women, including education services, counseling, and STD testing. Women can receive confidential testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, the two most prevalent STDs in San Antonio. While the organization doesn’t provide treatment for STDs, it will provide you with community resource referrals. The center is open on weekdays, and appointments are required and must be booked over the phone.
109 Gallery Circle Ste #115 San Antonio, TX 78258, 210-370-3939
Impact Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic that provides a wide array of services, including treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, immunizations, X-rays, physicals, and STD testing. It features in-house lab services, reducing fees and wait times for patients. Treatment is provided for those who test positive for an STD. While no appointment is necessary, you can check-in online and complete registration prior to your visit for faster service. The clinic accepts most major health insurance plans and provides medical discount programs for self-pay patients. Clinic hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
16755 Huebner Rd. San Antonio, TX 78248, 210-493-4357