Where Can I Get an STD Test?

Sometimes people know that they should go get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) test but have no idea how to get tested for STDs. Other times, someone will go to their healthcare provider to request a straightforward STD test, only to be told that the test they want doesn't exist.

Arranging for an STD test isn't always easy. That's why it's a good idea to know your STD testing options. If you want to get screened for STDs, here are a few good ways to find the tests you need.

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Go to Your Healthcare Provider and Ask to Be Screened for STDs

This is probably the easiest option. It's also the STD testing option most likely to be paid for by any health insurance you may have. However, some companies will not cover routine STD testing. Fortunately, those companies are becoming much less common. 

Call Your Local Health Department

You can call your local health department or go to their website, and ask for the location of the nearest STD clinic. STD clinics are set up for STD testing. Even better, they often offer STD testing either for free or at a very low charge.

Make an Appointment at Planned Parenthood

It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman. Planned Parenthood will be able to test you for STDs. In addition, their fees are set on a sliding scale depending on your income. To qualify for the sliding scale you will need to bring proof of income. Therefore, if you're looking to save some money on testing, be sure to ask what information they need when you call to make the appointment.

Visit the CDC's HIVTest.org Website

It's a simple way to find a testing site anywhere in the United States. Don't let the name fool you. Many of the sites listed can also do general STD testing—not simply test for HIV. However, you should definitely get tested for HIV while you're there. 

Consider Calling Your Local Gay and Lesbian Health Center

If you live near a city that has one, LGBTQ health centers often offer streamlined STD testing days. Those tests are generally available for people of all sexualities. You don't have to be gay or lesbian to get tested.

Check out One of the Online Testing Companies

There are companies that allow you to pay for testing online and then mail in samples. Others send you to a local lab to have the STD tests done. These sites are not universally reliable—as was revealed by a research study published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections—but they may be a good option for those who are unwilling or unable to get tested in any other way.

A Word From Verywell

With just a little legwork, it should be easy to figure out where to get STD testing. The important thing is to make certain you go. That's true whether you need testing because of known exposure or simply because you want to be prepared.

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By Elizabeth Boskey, PhD
Elizabeth Boskey, PhD, MPH, CHES, is a social worker, adjunct lecturer, and expert writer in the field of sexually transmitted diseases.