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Did you know that not all STDs present with symptoms right away? That means you could potentially be infected –– and be infecting your partners – and not even know it. That’s why regular screenings are worth adding to your health care routine.
As a whole, the state of Louisiana is often in the top 10 states with the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or HIV. Slidell case numbers are a bit lower than the state average, but still important to watch for increases. For instance, the county recorded a 3% increase in chlamydia and a 4% increase in gonorrhea from 2017 to 2018.
Slidell community centers and clinics like the St. Tammany Community Health Center make it easy to do your part and get tested. At that location, there’s a sliding scale to help make care more affordable for people without insurance.
St Tammany Community Health Center
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:
This community health center sees patients Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It also has hours on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon to help accommodate your schedule, but you should call for an appointment. This is a full-serve community health center, which means in addition to STD testing, you may be able to take advantage of primary health care. The center accepts numerous insurance plans and also offers a sliding scale to help make care more affordable to those without coverage.
501 Robert Boulevard Slidell, LA 70458, 985-607-0400
This community health center offers a variety of services, including primary care. It accepts health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. If you don’t have insurance, you can discuss affordable health care options with the staff, and the clinic offers sliding scale discounts. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on most weekdays, but you do need an appointment.
1505 North Florida Street Covington, LA 70433, 985-900-1626
The Volunteers of America offices provides a number of healthcare services, and it may offer STD testing for qualifying individuals. The hours and service offerings for each location can vary, so make sure to check the website or call the office nearest you to find out more about what services you can receive.
823 Carroll Street, Suite B Mandeville, LA 70448, 985-674-0488
Although this is a health department in Mississippi, it’s only around a 30-minute drive from many parts of Slidell. That’s closer than testing locations in some of the bigger cities in Louisiana. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments are required for some things, and the office only takes a limited number of walk-ins, so calling first is a good idea. You also want to ensure there aren’t residency requirements for the services you’re seeking.
7547 Highway 11 North Carriere, MS 39426, 601-798-6212
This is an urgent care clinic that accepts a number of insurance options and also provides cash discounts for patients without coverage. The clinic is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since it’s an urgent care clinic, you don’t need an appointment, but calling ahead to make one may save you some time in the long run.
985 Robert Boulevard #101 Slidell, LA 70458, 985-690-8300