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Woodlands, Texas has a lower rate of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis than other areas of the country, but testing remains important. You can access helpful, affordable STD testing effective treatment at many community clinics.
The Woodlands is part of the greater Houston metropolitan area, which has seen an increase in the caseloads of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis over the last few years.
If you need testing, your options include the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in Conroe, which can treat those tested positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The comprehensive services offered by the Conroe Community Health Center include hepatitis treatment and vision care, as well as testing for STDs and vaccines for hepatitis A, B, and HPV. For those who are north of The Woodlands, there’s the Willis Family Health Center, a publicly funded nonprofit clinic that offers testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis as well as family services, geriatric, and pediatric care, women’s health care, and mental health services, all by appointment.
Willis Family Health Center
Conroe Family Health Center
Spring Health Center
Conroe Community 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 Conroe Community Health Center is part of the St. Hope Foundation. If you are an area resident, you can get a full array of health care services, including STD testing and vaccines. The center can provide you with testing for STDs such as syphilis, herpes, hepatitis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, as well as vaccines for hepatitis A and B and HPV. The clinic accepts all public and private insurance plans, and if you are a self-pay client you will be charged on a sliding scale. The center offers same-day appointments and you can visit on a walk-in basis. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a Friday Clinic available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and an evening clinic on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
1414 South Frazier Street, Suite 105/106 Conroe, TX 77301, 936-441-2440
If you are a resident of The Woodlands, you can receive testing for STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic. The clinic is located about 10 miles north in Conroe, and can provide you with treatment if you test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. If you test positive for syphilis or HIV, you will be referred to the Department of State Health Services for a contact investigation. Services are provided by appointment, and small fees are charged for the initial visit and each follow-up visit. Hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The clinic closes for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m.
1300 South Loop 336 West Conroe, TX 77304, 936-523-5020
PACN can provide you with a variety of reproductive health services for females, including pregnancy testing and verification, ultrasounds, support groups, referrals for community support, and STD testing and treatment. STD testing is provided by appointment only on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and noon. To make an appointment you can call the clinic or submit an online request form. All services are provided free of charge, regardless of health insurance status.
26464 I-45 North Spring, TX 77386, 281-367-1518
Spring Health Center is located about 9 miles south of The Woodlands in Spring. It is operated by Planned Parenthood and offers a full array of health services whether you are male or female. Services include primary care, birth control, HIV services, pregnancy testing and services and STD testing and treatment. You can be tested for common STDs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis, and typically get your results within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the test. The clinic accepts most major health insurance plans and has a sliding fee schedule for self-pay clients. Appointments are required, and some services, including STD diagnosing and treatment, are offered both in person or via telehealth. Hours are Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; an Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4747 Louetta Road Spring, TX 77388, 713-514-1102
The Willis Family Health Center is located about 20 miles north of The Woodlands. This nonprofit, publicly funded clinic is open on weekdays and offers you STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis. It accepts most public and private health insurance plans and offers a sliding fee schedule if you are uninsured. In addition to STD testing, the clinic also provides family services, geriatric care, pediatrics, women’s health care, lab and x-ray services, and mental health. You need an appointment for service and can make one by calling the center on the phone. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed daily between noon and 1:00 p.m.
9516 West FM 1097, Suite 140 Willis, TX 77318, 936-539-4004