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STD symptoms can be silent, and sometimes the signs are easily confused for other medical issues. Don’t write off feelings like painful urination, itching, or discharge if you think you might have been exposed to an STD. You’re not alone, and there is help near you in Wilmington.
North Carolina has higher rates of STD exposure than other states, based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STD Surveillance State Ranking report. The Tar Heel State ranks No. 6 for chlamydia cases, No. 8 for gonorrhea, 18th for syphilis, and 19th for congenital syphilis.
There are resources near you where you can get tested and treated for STDs. The Wilmington Health Center, operated by Planned Parenthood, offers STD screening, resources, and services are charged on a sliding scale. FastMed Urgent Care has flexible hours, and CVS Minute Clinics can prescribe medications to treat STDs.
Wilmington 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:
The health department provides free HIV and STD testing and several other free or low-cost health care services. You can get tested for chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis B or C, herpes, and syphilis at this location. The facility also offers free condoms and takes insurance, including Medicaid, for some fee-based services. The health department clinic is open from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and it stays open until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
1650 Greenfield St. Wilmington, NC 28401, (910) 798-6500
This health center is operated by Planned Parenthood and offers STD testing, including rapid HIV testing. The clinic does charge for its services on a sliding scale, and it may be able to file with insurance for the cost of tests. In some cases, tests might be free or very low cost. Services include testing for chlamydia, genital warts, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, trich, and HIV. At this clinic, you can also access prevention options, including male and female condoms, dental dams, and some vaccines. The clinic also distributes awareness and education materials to help prevent STDs.
1925 Tradd Court Wilmington, NC 28401, (910) 762-5566
CVS Minute Clinics located throughout Wilmington, NC, offer free or low-cost STD testing. The clinics screen for chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis. They may also test for certain types of hepatitis. These clinics can provide some basic medical care and are staffed by health care professionals that can write prescriptions for STDs if necessary. The clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., but it’s closed from 2 to 3 p.m. You can also get an appointment on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. or Sunday at 8 am. to 2 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4600 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403
6901 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28411, (866) 389-2727
Partners in Caring doesn’t require an appointment for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C testing. It may also offer free screening for other STDs and low-cost or free treatment and health care services for other conditions. If you’re HIV positive, Partners in Caring also provides some support and counseling services. This community-based organization is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and is closed on weekends.
2203 Delaney Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 795-1960
For those that can’t wait until Monday to seek STD testing, FastMed Urgent Care does offer some screening services. You may need to pay the typical fee for seeing a physician at this location, but the provider does accept insurance plans, which might help defray the costs. The urgent care is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
5214 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28405, (910) 782-3284