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If you think you might have been exposed to an STD or HIV or are experiencing symptoms, do not wait to get tested. You’re not alone.
STDs are on the rise across the country, and Washington has slightly lower-than-average rates of chlamydia (No. 31) and gonorrhea (No. 31), according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) STD Surveillance State Ranking report. However, Washington ranks No. 17 for syphilis and No. 22 for congenital syphilis.
There are free and low-cost resources near you in Tacoma where you can get STD testing and treatment. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department offers hepatitis A and B vaccines for $20, aside from STD and HIV testing. Community Health Care accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, with a sliding fee scale if you do not have insurance. Gay City will help you access PrEP and can assist with paying for medication.
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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 Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s STD/HIV Clinic has low-cost STD testing with a sliding fee scale available. It provides standard or rapid HIV, hepatitis C, syphilis, and chlamydia/gonorrhea tests for $30 each. The clinic also offers hepatitis A and B vaccines for $20 each.
3629 South D Street, Tacoma, WA 98418, 253-798-6500
Planned Parenthood operates the Tacoma Health Center, offering HIV testing and genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes screening and treatment. It also supplies STD/safer sex education, male and female condoms, dental dams, and HPV vaccines. Uninsured patients may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program.
1515 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Tacoma, WA 98405, 800-769-0045
The Tacoma Health Center, part of Cedar River Clinics, does low-cost syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and rapid HIV testing. It also provides treatment for sexually transmitted infections and safer sex education. Tacoma Health accepts private insurance and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale to uninsured, low-income individuals.
1401 Martin Luther King Way, Suite A, Tacoma, WA 98405, 800-572-4223
Sea Mar Community Health Centers operates the Tacoma Medical Clinic and offers low-cost testing and treatment for STDs. It performs conventional HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C tests, and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Sea Mar Community Health accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, and has a sliding fee scale if you do not have insurance.
1112 South Cushman Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405, 253-593-2144
Community Health Care’s Eastside Family Medical Clinic provides low-cost testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis B. You can also get conventional and rapid HIV tests, as well as hepatitis A and B vaccines and PrEP. Community Health Care accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, with a sliding fee scale for if you do not have insurance. Be sure to call first for an appointment.
1708 East 44th Street, Tacoma, WA 98404, Multiple Tacoma locations, 253-471-4553
Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center offers free confidential and anonymous HIV testing and STI screenings for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis C to anyone. The center will also help you access PrEP and can assist with paying for medications. Services are by appointment only. The clinic asks you to allow a 21-day window between the last possible exposure and the appointment date to maintain test accuracy. Multilingual health navigators are available if you need them. The clinic offers testing and assistance at its main East Pike Street location, and also at Steamworks Baths at 1520 Summit Ave., and Club Z at 1117 Z Pike Street.
517 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122, 206-860-6969, Extension 2