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You can find low-cost or free STD testing at several Tuscaloosa clinics. Testing is provided whether or not you have insurance. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for discounted or free services.
According to the CDC, only two U.S. states experienced a higher rate of new gonorrhea cases than Alabama in 2019. Alabama has also experienced the 8th highest rate of chlamydia that year and above-average primary and secondary syphilis rates. If you live in Tuscaloosa are sexually active, consider getting regular STD testing to protect your health.
You can get low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C testing at Cahaba Medical Care in Centreville, where you may qualify for a sliding fee scale or its hardship program if you’re uninsured. The Whatley Health Center has an on-site laboratory for quick and low-cost STD testing, typically costs $20 but is free if you qualify. In addition to STD testing, Planned Parenthood supplies condoms and STD/safer sex education at the Birmingham Center.
Tuscaloosa County Health Department
Maude L Whatley 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:
Cahaba Medical Care in Centreville, situated about 34 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa, offers low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C testing. It accepts all insurance plans, Medicaid, and Medicare. If you don’t have insurance, you may qualify for a sliding fee scale or hardship program based on your income and family size. The medical center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but it closes for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.
405 Belcher Street Centreville, AL 35042, 205-926-2992
FHHS provides patient-centered prevention, testing, medical care, and case management services. They offer confidential, free rapid testing for HIV and low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. FHHS serves entire western Alabama and eastern Mississippi areas with tests provided in-office and at community testing events. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurances. Services are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the clinic closes from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. daily and does not currently accept walk-ins.
2720 6th Street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, 205-759-8470
The Whatley Health Center has an on-site laboratory to provide low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, HIV tests, and HPV and hepatitis A/B vaccines. The health center accepts most private insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee discount if you qualify. There’s a nominal fee of $20, but eligible patients may receive up to a 100% discount. Appointments are required. The operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2731 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, 205-758-6647
Planned Parenthood operates the Birmingham Center, located 47 miles from Tuscaloosa, and offers HIV testing and herpes, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. It supplies condoms and STD/safer sex education. Payment is expected when you receive services, and many insurance plans and Medicaid are accepted. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Language interpretation services are available by telephone with advanced notice.
1019 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203, 205-322-2121
You can receive free, confidential testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and trichomoniasis at the Tuscaloosa County Health Department’s STD Clinic. It also provides free condoms and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Tuscaloosa CHD accepts Medicaid and Medicare and offers a sliding fee scale. It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2350 Hargrove Road East Tuscaloosa, AL 35405, 205-562-6900