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STDs are incredibly common among sexually active people, and they’ve become even more prevalent in recent years. The CDC reported 2.5 million cases of the three most common STDs—syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea—in 2019 alone .
Meanwhile, testing for STDs remains one of the most important tactics for monitoring your sexual health, detecting STDs, and receiving proper treatment as soon as possible.
In this article, we’ll discuss where to get STD testing and how much an STD test is likely to cost. We’ll explore traditional options—like visiting your primary healthcare provider—and more convenient options, like at-home STD testing. We’ll also explain the benefits and drawbacks of each testing option.
STD symptoms can often be similar between the different STDs as well as other non-related issues, like ingrown hair vs. herpes, which can be mistaken for each other. So when you're unsure of what you're experiencing, getting an STD test is helpful.
But, how much does it cost to get tested for STDs? The cost often depends upon where you get tested.
Most people have access to one or more of the following STD test options :
But, depending on your socioeconomic status and your geographic location, you may not have access to these testing options. For example, if you live in a rural area and don’t have regular access to a vehicle or public transportation, these services may not be accessible to you.
Enter a relatively new option—STD testing at home. Most tests involve only a few simple steps, like:
STD at-home tests are an excellent option for people who can’t access typical testing outlets.
There are a few factors that determine how much STD testing will cost:
While all of these factors play into on-site STD testing, one of the many benefits of using an at-home test is the consistent cost. While testing brands may run promotions or offer discount codes, tests will remain around the same price regardless of your location and insurance status.
There are certainly benefits to traditional STD testing at a healthcare provider's office, sexual health clinic, or low- or no-cost facility:
By contrast, at-home STD testing adds additional privacy to the process, comes at a consistent cost, and you’ll receive results quickly. While you won’t be able to interface with a healthcare provider while collecting your specimen, many test providers connect you with a network of qualified sexual health experts if you test positive for any STDs.
Now you've explored the different test options and what can affect the STD testing cost. Note that testing for a sexually transmitted disease soon after contracting it can be crucial. So, understanding the STD incubation period between first sexual contact and infection to when STD symptoms show up can make a difference in your health.
Additionally, it's also crucial to inform a sexual partner or anyone you've made sexual contact with after contracting an STD if your test result is positive. This will allow them to get tested quickly and seek health care if needed.
When experiencing common STD signs (note that signs of STDs in men can differ from women), it's crucial to get tested and seek health care. While costs for STD testing can vary based on your testing option, the type of test you choose, and your insurance coverage, many testing companies make it easier to obtain confidential, reliable, and fast testing from home.
That’s our mission at Everlywell—to provide high-quality STD testing at an affordable cost wherever you live without requiring an in-person visit. Simply order our test kit, collect your own specimen, mail it back to us, and await your confidential, digital results. If you test positive for one of the seven infections checked by our panel, we’ll even put you in touch with our network of healthcare providers so that you can seek treatment.
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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reported STDs Reach All-Time High for 6th Consecutive Year. URL. Accessed March 22, 2022.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get Tested. URL. Accessed March 22, 2022.