STD Testing in Texas

Getting tested for STDs in Texas can help you identify STDs early, protect yourself and your partners, and limit the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – especially with undetectable or mild symptoms.

STDs are a national concern, and Texas has an especially high rate of congenital syphilis, ranking third in the nation per capita.  However, strictly by the number of cases, Texas has the most by far (one in every four cases in the nation), according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It ranks 26th in the nation for chlamydia, 23rd for gonorrhea, and 26th for syphilis.

Many STDs are curable. For those that aren’t, treatments are usually available to help manage symptoms and prevent you from passing them onto others. If you’re sexually active, regular testing is the only way you can know for sure if you have an STD and get the treatment you need to prevent potentially serious health issues and stop the spread.

There are numerous Texas STD testing resources where you can get answers to your questions about STDs and get tested, often for free or at a low cost. Austin Sexual Health Clinic offers low-cost testing, and the Houston Health Department offers a full suite of sexual health services, at its three locations in the area.

Texas 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 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 you should generally follow these CDC recommendations:

STD Testing in Texas:

Texas 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:

Frequently Asked Questions About STD Tests in Texas

Which STD has the highest number of cases in Texas?

Chlamydia is the most common STD in Texas at a rate of 466.0 cases per 100,000 people in the state. But Texas ranks highest for congenital syphilis at third in the nation, though the rate of infection is lower than chlamydia at 148.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Is STD testing free in Texas?

There are free STD clinics in Texas, including the Houston Health Department and El Paso Public Health, though free services are typically limited to HIV testing.

How much does STD testing cost in Texas?

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.

What is included in a full STD panel?

When getting a full STD panel, expect testing for HIV, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Is STD testing covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage depends on the clinic you visit, but most public and private STD clinics accept insurance. Contact the clinic before your visit to ask about insurance policies.

How long does it take to get STD results?

Some clinics offer rapid results, such as HIV test results within 30 minutes, but other tests may take up to a week to return results, particularly bacterial testing including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.


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