Tennessee STD Testing Directory
To help you locate an accredited laboratory/testing center, a list of resources has been compiled and can be found below.
Consult with your health care provider about any lab testing that you may be considering. It is also important to follow up with your health care provider to discuss your results within the context of your medical history.
STD Trends in Tennessee
Tennessee’s reported STDs are above average for chlamydia and gonorrhea but below national case rates for both types of syphilis. Some underlying causes of increased STDs in Tennessee relate to a complex network of social factors. These may include economic disparities that prevent access to appropriate health care, substance use, homelessness, and the exchange of sex for money or other resources.
Startling trends seen in Tennessee include:
|STD Trends in Tennessee
|State rank||Cases||Rate per 100,000 population|
Source: CDC 2020 STD Surveillance Report
STD Screening Recommendations and Risk Factors
If you have sex, you are at risk for getting an STD. According to the CDC, Risk factors for STDs include:
- Unprotected sex (anal, vaginal, or oral)
- Sex with multiple partners
- Anonymous sex partners
- Sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Injection of drugs or sharing needles
Should you get tested for STDs? And how often? Talk to your doctor to be sure, but generally follow these CDC recommendations:
|Who should get tested||How often to test|
|Anyone who is sexually active||At least once for HIV and more often if you have new partners|
|Sexually active women under 25 or women 25+ with new or multiple sex partners or a partner with an STD||Annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||During pregnancy for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea|
|Sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men||
|Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment||Annually for HIV and Hepatitis B and C|
|People who have had oral or anal sex||Discuss throat and rectal testing with your health care provider|
STD Testing in Tennessee:
Tennessee Community STD Testing Centers
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:
- Lentz Public Health Center
Address: 2500 Charlotte Ave., PrEP Clinic, Suite 110, Nashville, TN 37209Number: (615) 340-5647
- Nashville Health Center
Address: 412 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203Number: (866) 711-1717
- East Public Health Center
Address: 1015 E. Trinity Ln., Nashville, TN 37216Number: (615) 862-7916
- Woodbine Public Health Center
Address: 224 Oriel Ave., Nashville, TN 37210Number: (615) 862-7940
- Hamilton County Health Department
Address: Section III, STD Clinic, West Wing, First Floor, 921 E. 3rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37403Number: (423) 209-8250
- Rutherford County Health Department
Address: Murfreesboro Clinic: 100 West Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130Number: (615) 898-7880
Address: Smyrna Clinic: 108 David Collins Dr., Smyrna, TN 37167Number: (615) 355-6175
- The Shelby County Health Department
Address: 814 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38105Number: (901) 222-9385
Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Tennessee
Which STD has the highest number of cases in Tennessee?
Chlamydia is the most common STD in Tennessee at a rate of 555.1 cases per 100,000 people in the state, and the state ranks eighth in the nation. Tennessee also ranks high for gonorrhea at ninth in the nation, though the rate of infection is much lower than chlamydia at 270.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Is STD testing free in Tennessee?
There are STD clinics in Tennessee that provide low-cost STD testing; for individuals who qualify, it may be free. This includes the Hamilton County Health Department.
How much does STD testing cost in Tennessee?
STD testing pricing varies depending on where and what you’re testing for. At some community or nonprofit clinics, you may be able to find free or low-cost testing options. At private labs or clinics, or when using an at-home test, you may be able to go through your health insurance to cover or lower the cost.
Lab testing fees range from $8 to $150. At-home tests cost between $35 and $175 per test.
What is included in a full STD panel?
With a full STD panel, you’ll get tested for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Is STD testing covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage will depend on your plan, where you are tested, and the type of test you need. Most public and private STD clinics will accept insurance, but it’s a good idea to call ahead and ask before your appointment.
How long does it take to get STD results?
HIV tests may offer rapid results in as little as 30 minutes, but other STDs can take up to a week, like bacterial testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.