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Do you think you might have been exposed to an STD? Are you experiencing symptoms, or do you simply want peace of mind? You’re not alone, and don’t wait to get tested. The sooner you have answers, the more effective the treatment.
STDs are on the rise across the country, and Texas ranks No. 1 in the country for congenital syphilis cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) STD Surveillance State Ranking report. Texas is No. 39 for chlamydia, No. 32 for gonorrhea, and No. 28 for syphilis.
There are resources near you in Waco where you can get STD testing and treatment. Quest Diagnostics offers individual STD tests or panels, and results are available within one to three business days with no appointment necessary. The City of Waco Public Health District now offers painless gonorrhea and chlamydia testing for men. The Mary Ruth Dugan Health Center offers financial assistance for those who qualify.
Family Health Center Bells Hill Community Clinic
Elm Avenue Community Clinic
Martin Luther King Jr Community Clinic
West Waco Community Clinic
Bellmead Community Clinic
Meyer Center Community Clinic
Mary Ruth Duncan 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:
Family Health Center operates several community clinics in and around Waco. It provides a full spectrum of healthcare services, including prenatal care, well-woman and well-child exams, immunizations, and minor surgeries. You also can receive STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The clinic also provides vaccines for hepatitis A and B. To receive services, you must call the clinic to make an appointment.
1600 Providence Drive, Waco, TX 76707, Multiple Waco locations, 254-313-4200
The City of Waco Public Health District’s STD Clinic provides testing, treatment, and counseling for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Testing is conducted through a urine sample, and test results are typically available within three business days. The center advises men that it is now offering painless gonorrhea and chlamydia testing. Service fees vary depending on needed exams and tests and range between $45 and $120. You might qualify for lower fees. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday.
225 West Waco Drive Waco, TX 76707, 254-750-5498
The Mary Ruth Duncan Health Center is a Planned Parenthood clinic that provides testing, treatment, and counseling for several STDs, including gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and herpes. Tests are conducted through urine samples, blood samples, or throat swabs, and results are available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of test. The clinic accepts Texas Medicaid and most major health insurance plans. You might qualify for a state-funded program or a lower fee scale if you don’t have insurance. To schedule an appointment, you can call the clinic or use the online booking tool.
700 West Highway 6, Suite B, Waco TX 76712, 254-759-5750
Quest Diagnostics provides clinical laboratory services throughout the nation and has a location in Waco. You can receive convenient, confidential, and low-cost STD testing services for infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Tests can be ordered individually, or you can order screening panels that test for several different infections. Results are typically available online within three to five business days. The organization accepts most major health insurance plans, and promotional codes may be available. No appointment is necessary for services.
7125 Sanger Avenue Waco, TX 76712, 254-741-1160
If you are a woman who lives north of Waco, you can access STD screening and treatment services at Collins Family Planning Clinic, a female healthcare provider in Fort Worth. In addition to STD testing, the clinic offers annual exams, pregnancy tests, male exams, glucose and cholesterol screening, and referrals for diagnostic testing. Same-day appointments and walk-ins are welcome, and the clinic accepts most public and private health insurance plans. Services are charged on an income-based sliding fee schedule.
2900 S.E. Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76140, 817-922-8182