You can obtain an STD test at your physician’s office, a health clinic, your local Planned Parenthood, or online from companies like Nurx™. Depending on where you go, your insurance may cover your STD testing, though standard co-pays and deductible rates may apply. Even if you don’t have health insurance, you may be able to acquire free or low-cost testing through government programs or at a local healthcare clinic that offers low-cost services for those with lower income levels.
If obtaining a test from a healthcare professional, you will need to schedule an appointment and either provide a blood or a swab sample. The healthcare professional will discuss your health history before obtaining testing samples. Tests will be analyzed, and you will receive your results. Some healthcare clinics may offer walk-in testing.
You can also test for many STDs right from the privacy of your own home through online healthcare services such as Nurx. At Nurx, you can obtain testing kits for HPV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Hepatitis C, Trichomoniasis, and HIV. Home tests are often covered for a low-cost by insurance or for a reasonable flat fee if you don’t have healthcare coverage. The cost includes the testing kit, lab results, and the cost to ship your specimen to them.
You don’t need an appointment and will simply need to swab for a sample, return the test in the prepaid envelope, and await your results. When your testing is complete, it will be followed up with a medical consultation.