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Many clinics near Tomball offer free or low-cost STD testing with services available on Saturdays at some locations.
Texas had more than 129,000 new cases of chlamydia and more than 44,000 new cases of gonorrhea in 2019, according to CDC reports. The state was also found to have the highest rate of congenital syphilis per capita in the nation that year. The best way to prevent STDs is to practice safe sex and get regular STD testing if you’re sexually active.
Harris County Public Health’s Humble Clinic offers free syphilis and HIV testing and accepts appointment requests via text. HOPE Clinic’s Aldine location accepts walk-ins for STD and HIV testing, which can be low-cost or no-cost tests. The clinic’s staff is also fluent in more than 30 languages. Planned Parenthood operates the Spring Health Center, where you can get low-cost STD testing, as well as PrEP, HPV vaccines, and regular and internal condoms.
Spring 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:
Harris County Public Health’s Humble Clinic offers low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes testing, and free syphilis and HIV testing. You can call 713-212-6800 for an appointment or text 281-962-8378 for mobile testing. It provides HPV vaccines and referrals for HIV treatment if you test positive. Humble Clinic accepts Medicaid and private insurance and offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify. It’s open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the second Saturday of each month.
1730 Humble Place Drive Humble, TX 77338, 832-927-7350
HOPE Clinic’s Aldine location offers walk-in services for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis blood and urine testing. It accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance and offers low-cost or no-cost tests and flexible payment options based on your eligibility. The clinic’s on-site staff is fluent in over 30 languages, including Spanish, Cantonese, and Arabic, and translation services are available in many other languages. You can visit the clinic Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3000 Aldine Mail Route Road, Building C, Suite 200 Houston, TX 77039, 713-773-0803
Planned Parenthood operates the Spring Health Center to provide you with low-cost HIV testing and syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis testing and treatment. It also offers PrEP, HPV vaccines, and regular and internal condoms. The clinic can work with your budget if you’re uninsured. Interpretation services are available in most languages. The Spring Health Clinic operates Mondays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4747 Louetta Road Spring, TX 77388, 713-514-1102
St. Hope’s Greenspoint Community Health Center provides counseling and testing/screening for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and hepatitis C. You must make an appointment to receive your results. It accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, but it provides HIV/STD testing for free or at a very low cost depending on your eligibility, to encourage routine testing. The clinic operates Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
255 Northpoint Drive, Suite 200 Houston, TX 77060, 832-300-8040