STD Testing in Arkansas

In Arkansas, around 17,663 cases of chlamydia, 288 cases of primary/secondary syphilis (P&S), and 7,300 cases of gonorrhea were reported in 2018. Nationally, approx. 2.4 million new cases were reported in 2018. This indicates the extent to which STDs are rising across the USA, particularly in Arkansas.

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STD testing centers in Arkansas

The latest data from CDC show that over 25,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in Arkansas in 2018, but ironically, most people were unaware of their condition. They cannot be blamed because usually, people cannot detect that they have an STD since most of them are asymptomatic. However, if they aren't diagnosed and treated early on, the damage they cause would be irreversible. The consequences won't be limited to the infected individual only but will affect their spouse, sexual partners, and future child. For instance, if undiagnosed, syphilis can have detrimental effects on the pregnant mother and the growing fetus.

CDC reports that young people make up for half of all new infections as there has been a significant increase in STDs rates among teenagers and adolescents. The cases are notably higher among those under eighteen years of age. That's because, at that age, people aren't as aware of the necessary precautions before indulging in sexual activity and don't bother about getting tested for STDs.

The stigmas associated with STDs are another crucial reason why people refrain from getting screened. In this regard, it is essential to note that it is possible to get tested discreetly. Moreover, Arkansas state allows screening and treatment of STDs in minors without requiring parental consent. However, the rising STDs rates in Arkansas are also noted in the older generation. The key reason behind this spike is a decline in condom use due to effective contraceptive methods to prevent pregnancy.

The most concerning aspect for Arkansas state health officials is the increase in infants/newborns living with syphilis. If appropriate treatment is not provided to the infected individual, it can lead to severe neurological and physical consequences. In newborns, the effects could be lifelong and even more drastic, states the medical director of infectious diseases for the Arkansas Department of Health, Naveen Patil.

That's why it is vital for people, whether young or old, to get tested frequently for STDs. For pregnant females, it is vital to get screened at all trimesters and after childbirth.

Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

625 United Dr, Suite 170, Conway, Arkansas 72032

34.79 mile

Tel: 5012734672


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Arkansas Department of Health Northeast Public Health Region

White County Health Unit - Searcy

HPV and hepatitis vaccines available for VFC-eligible patients only. There is a $5 record fee for services; waived if unable to pay. Free condoms available.

112 Brantly Rd, Searcy, Arkansas 72143

6.54 mile

Tel: (501) 268-6102

Tel: (501) 268-4445


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • • STD Treatment
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Support Services

  • • Case Management
  • • Ryan White Services

Audiences

  • • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • • Adults
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • • Persons with STDs
  • • Persons with TB
  • • Women
  • • HIV Positive Persons
  • • Men

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing

Languages

  • • English
  • • Spanish

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ARcare Positive Connections Searcy Access Center

HIV testing is available to anyone age 13 or over; no documents or IDs are required. Ryan White Program eligibility is based on income and residency in the state of Arkansas. Free HIV tests mailed to eligible participants by request.

417 S Main St, Searcy, Arkansas 72143

6.54 mile

Tel: (501) 299-1119

Tel: (888) 845-8884


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Condom Distribution

Support Services

  • • PrEP Navigation
  • • Case Management
  • • Drug Purchasing Assistance, including AIDS Drug Purchasing Assistance (ADAP)
  • • Ryan White Services

Audiences

  • • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • • Women
  • • HIV Positive Persons
  • • Men
  • • African Americans/Blacks
  • • Asians/Pacific Islanders
  • • Hispanics/Latinos
  • • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • • LGBT
  • • Gay Men
  • • Native Americans

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • PrEP for uninsured

Languages

  • • English

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ARcare Kensett Medical

HIV testing open to the general public. HIV CARE Program provides comprehensive HIV care and services. Free HIV test mailed to eligible participants by request. ...

606 Wilbur D Mills N, Kensett, Arkansas 72082

9.41 mile

Tel: (501) 742-5697

Tel: (501) 742-1216

Tel: (501) 742-3031


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • TB Testing
  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis B Treatment
  • • Hepatitis C Treatment
  • • Clinical Trials
  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment
  • • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • • STD Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education

Support Services

  • • Case Management
  • • Drug Purchasing Assistance, including AIDS Drug Purchasing Assistance (ADAP)
  • • Ryan White Services

Audiences

  • • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • • Adults
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • • Women
  • • HIV Positive Persons
  • • Men
  • • African Americans/Blacks
  • • Hispanics/Latinos
  • • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • • LGBT
  • • Gay Men

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing

Languages

  • • English

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Arkansas Department of Health Northeast Public Health Region

White County Health Unit - Beebe

HPV and hepatitis vaccines available for VFC-eligible patients only. There is a $5 fee for HIV testing services; waived if unable to pay. Free condoms available.

306 Gum St, Beebe, Arkansas 72012

9.5 mile

Tel: (501) 882-5128

Tel: (501) 882-7626


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • • STD Treatment
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Support Services

  • • Case Management

Audiences

  • • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • • Adults
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • • Persons with STDs
  • • Persons with TB
  • • Women
  • • HIV Positive Persons
  • • Men

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted

Languages

  • • English
  • • Spanish

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STD testing options in Arkansas

Every sexually active individual must protect their sexual health. Regular STD testing is the only way to care for your sexual health. However, sometimes it becomes confusing to select the right testing method as there are so many options available. For your convenience, we have gathered information about all available STD testing methods in Arkansas. Check them out to find out which option is suitable for you.

Private testing (Walk-in clinic)

This is one of the most popular ways to get tested for STDs today. These tests combine the best of both worlds for convenience and accuracy. You will order the test online at home, but you can walk into a professional lab testing center to get tested.

Doctor's office

Another option is to simply visit your regular clinic and talk to your doctor.

At-home STD testing

If you do not want to visit a testing center, then a great alternative is an at-home test kit. You don’t even need to leave your house to get tested for STDs this way, which makes it the most discreet option. Everything is done through email and snail mail.

Community health centers and community clinics

One last option for STD testing is a trip to a free clinic. If you go to a public STD-testing clinic, then you may get a free or discounted test, depending on your financial situation.

Learn more in our ultimate guide to STD testing.

Are STD tests expensive in Arkansas?

It can be, but it does not necessarily have to be. What many people need to understand is that laboratory tests would most often than not be relatively pricey due to the technology that is being utilized behind these diagnostic techniques. However, opting for specific laboratories that offer more convenient testing procedures and discounted prices for diagnostic tests would help ensure that the price will not be much of an issue in providing you with the conclusive diagnosis of your condition. It might take some independent scanning to find the right testing center for you in the most acceptable price range, but it is not as impossible as many people make it out to be.

How long does it usually take for results to come back for an STD test in Arkansas?

Considering that a wide variety of testing kits and laboratory procedures can be performed to determine conclusively whether you have a particular STD or not, the time that it will take for your results to return will also be subject to the same inconsistency. Although there are specific laboratories that could produce your results even by the end of the day (albeit, it is extremely rare for institutions to do so unless necessary), most would often take a few days to a week before the results are either delivered or posted online through your secure personal profile (in the case of online transactions). In addition to that, the capability of the laboratory performing the test may also contribute to the overall timeframe of result delivery – causing delays in cases where there are several requests or understaffed to provide expedited results.

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Arkansas STD Data

STD data & statistics in Arkansas


Arkansas State is top-ranked when it comes to the prevalence of common STDs. Apart from featuring in the list of top US states with the greatest number of STDs cases, on the whole, it also is among the topmost affected states for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and P&S syphilis cases.

Arkansas ranks at number 12 in the chlamydia rate in the US, which is 10% higher than the national rate. It ranks number 7 in the US for the prevalence of gonorrhea cases and has a 30% higher rate than the overall national average. It ranks 20th for the population-adjusted rate of P&S syphilis. However, in syphilis, the state's rate is 15% lower than the national average.

The 2018 STDs and STIs surveillance report from the Arkansas Health Department revealed that between 2015 and 2018, around 67,225 cases of chlamydia and more than 24,360 cases of gonorrhea were reported in Arkansas. The statewide chlamydia and gonorrhea rates have been higher than the national rates throughout 2015 to 2018, as chlamydia rates increased by 11.6% per year.

The rate of gonorrhea infection during 2015-2018 increased by 54.4%, while in 2018, there were 364 cases of early non-P&S or early latent syphilis and 288 cases of P&S syphilis. The state reportedly had 25 cases of congenital syphilis in 2018.

In 2018, Arkansas's syphilis rate was 9.6/100,000 people, whereas the early non-P&S syphilis rate was 12.1 cases/100,000 people and 67.2 cases of congenital syphilis per 100,000 live births. Hence, the rate of P&S syphilis, as per the report, increased 138.3% between 2015 and 2018, and in the same period, the rate of non-P&S syphilis increased by 71.9%. The rate of congenital syphilis between 2015 and 2018 increased by 418.3% in Arkansas, which is the greatest increment in any notifiable STI/STD across the state during this time.

The rate of gonorrhea infections in the state during 2018 was 242.2/100,000 people. Among the counties with ten or more cases in Arkansas, Crittenden County reported the highest rate of gonorrheal infections with 655.7/100,000 people, whereas Polk County reportedly had the lower rate with just 54 cases per 100,000 people, as per the 2018 Surveillance Report Data.

Arkansas counties located on the Southwestern and Delta side reported the highest rate of chlamydia infections in the region in 2018, with over 586 cases/100,000 population. Crittenden County still had the higher number of chlamydial infections in 2018 with 1,375.6 cases per 100,000 people, whereas Searcy County reported the lowest rate of infections with 163.4/100,000.

Counties located along the Delta and Louisiana border area also had the highest rates. Regarding early syphilis cases, there were 21.6 cases/100,000 in Arkansas in 2018. In contrast, Jackson County reported the highest rate in counties with ten or more cases with 71.4/100,000 people, followed by Miller County, which had 71.1/100,000.

HIV Statistics in Arkansas

According to the Census data, the State of Arkansas has a total population of 3 million people. The CDC data shows that the total number of newly diagnosed cases in Arkansas during 2015 was 258. The numbers have increased by a little in 4 years. According to AIDSvu’s HIV/AIDS Report 2018, 281 adults and adolescents were newly diagnosed with HIV in Arkansas. According to the same report, the total number of people living with HIV in Arkansas as recorded in 2018 was 5,722 adults and adolescents.

Considering the HIV/AIDS report data, the rate of people living with HIV per 100,000 population in Arkansas was 228 in 2018. The rate of newly diagnosed HIV cases per 100,000 population in the state was 11.

STD Rates and Gender, Race/Ethnicity & Age Group Profile

Arkansas state health department's STD surveillance data from 2018 indicates that most chlamydial infections, 70.8%, were diagnosed in women. The infection rate was at least 5.6 times higher in African-Americans compared to Whites. The chlamydia infection rate was higher in people aged 20-24 years with 38.2%, followed by the 15-16 age group with 30.8%, and the third most affected group was 25-29 years with 16.5% of all reported cases.

The gonorrhea infection rate was higher in males with 237.2/100,000, and females reportedly accounted for 247 cases/100,000 in 2018. Almost half of all reported gonorrhea infections were diagnosed in Black persons. The disease was most commonly diagnosed among people aged 20-24, 31.8%, followed by the 15-19 age group, 21.6%, and the third most affected group was 25-29 with 20% of all cases.

Arkansas's P&S syphilis cases in 2018 were 3 times higher among males than females, whereas the black population reported the highest number of cases with 29.3/100,000 people. The disease was frequently diagnosed in the 25-29 years age group, 25.3%, followed by the 20-24 age group, 24.7%.

Early non-Primary, non-secondary syphilis cases were highest in males with over 67% of all cases than females who reported over 32% of cases. Blacks again reported the highest rate compared to Hispanics and whites with 38.9/100,000, 6.9/100,000, and 6.6/100,000 cases, respectively. The 25-29 age group reported the highest rate of early non-P&S syphilis infection.

HIV-Specific Data

HIV/AIDS statistics from AIDSvu for the year 2018 shows that of the total HIV-positive population, 71.1% of the males and 22.9% females were living with the virus during 2018. The biggest ethnic groups being affected by the virus were Black Americans (44.0%), followed by White Americans (43%). Of the total population of people living with HIV, 7.2% were Hispanic or Latino. Black Americans remain the ethnicities affected mainly by the virus; despite being only 15% of the total population according to the Census data, the percent of HIV positive black Americans is the biggest.

Considering the numbers of newly diagnosed cases, HIV cases in black Americans accounted for 55.5%, White Americans 33.8%, and Hispanic 8.2%. Of the total newly diagnosed cases, 81.1 % were males, and 18.9% were females. The age group 25-34 was mainly affected by the virus (35.9%), followed by young adults and adolescents (27.8%). 17% of the newly diagnosed cases belonged to 35 to 44 years, and 18% were 45 years and above.

According to the HIV/AIDS report, the total number of HIV-related deaths in the state during 2018 was 80. The rate of HIV-related mortalities per 100,000 population was 3. Of the total number of HIV-related deaths, 76.3% were males, while 23.8% were females. Again, black Americans living in Arkansas were the biggest ethnic groups considering the HIV numbers (45%), followed by White Americans (42.5%) and Hispanic (5%).

Modes of transmission of HIV in the males were mainly due to male-to-male sexual contact (78.4%); 7.3% of the cases were reported due to the use of injection and drugs. Heterosexual contact in males accounted for 6.6% of the total spread. In females, the transmission of the virus via heterosexual contact accounted for 80%. 17% of the cases reported in females were due to injection and drug use.

Government Initiatives

The Arkansas Department of Health's HIV/AIDS/STD Surveillance Program monitors all HIV/AIDS/STD cases in Arkansas. It carries out the activities as per the standards set by the CDC and outlined in the 2014 Technical Guidance for HIV/AIDS Surveillance Programs as well as the Program Operations Guidelines for STD Prevention.

CDC funds Arkansas state's health department to channel efforts towards reducing STDs prevalence via science-based control and prevention services. Emphasis is laid on devising scalable, high-impact, low-cost, and sustainable plans in the long run.

The Arkansas Department of Health's STD Prevention program is implemented to reduce/prevent STDs and STI rates in Arkansas. The primary goals of this program include increasing access to testing and treatment per CDC guidance, improve services to those infected with STD and their partners, ensure reduction in re-infection, and increase awareness about STD testing, treatment, epidemiology, and prevention.

HIV Rates in Arkansas

According to the Census data, the State of Arkansas has a total population of 3 million people. The CDC data shows that the total number of newly diagnosed cases in Arkansas during 2015 was 258. The numbers have increased by a little in 4 years. According to AIDSvu’s HIV/AIDS Report 2018, 281 adults and adolescents were newly diagnosed with HIV in Arkansas. According to the same report, the total number of people living with HIV in Arkansas as recorded in 2018 was 5,722 adults and adolescents.

Considering the HIV/AIDS report data, the rate of people living with HIV per 100,000 population in Arkansas was 228 in 2018. The rate of newly diagnosed HIV cases per 100,000 population in the state was 11.

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STD testing FAQs

A nucleic acid amplification test is a laboratory procedure that professionals often perform to make detecting a particular nucleic acid or gene being targeted easier and more convenient while still ensuring that the sample being collected is relatively minimal. Nucleic acid amplification tests, or NAATs, are usually the mainstay diagnostic test for most STDs due to their ability to detect the presence of pathogenic nucleic acids and genes in the patient sample with utmost accuracy and speed. NAATs depends on their ability to replicate the target RNA and DNA to create numerous copies – resulting in an increased convenience in the detection of the desired molecules instead of trying to either blindly look for one strand in a minuscule sample or collecting a large sample that could make the patient uncomfortable throughout the process. Although NAATs are often preferred for a more conclusive diagnosis of STDs, certain exceptions such as the availability of resources and instances of intermittent viral shedding could make NAATs less desirable than other tests. Fret not, however, as your physician is knowledgeable regarding these instances and would often request the best diagnostic procedure for your instances.

Similar to what was previously mentioned, herpes infections are known for their recurring tendencies – causing outbreaks now and then and thus causing an intermittent spike in the patient’s viral load for specific instances. In addition to that, other STDs also take time to proliferate and produce a sufficient viral load that could warrant a positive and, more importantly, accurate diagnosis and detection from the tests being administered. As such, detecting an STD a few days following exposure is often complex and unpredictable – leading physicians to follow a certain timeframe instead for testing STDs instead of blindly testing immediately following exposure. Physical exams, however, may supplement inaccurate laboratory diagnoses, especially in cases where the test is prone to false results.

Although NAATs are well-known for their accuracy and sensitivity in detecting most STDs, it is also subject to certain inconsistencies, especially in the case of herpes infections. In Herpes, outbreaks often result in a relative increase in the patient’s viral load – leading to a timeline that usually has specific peaks at certain intervals instead of a consistent rise in viral load throughout. As such, sensitive tests such as NAATs are still unable to accurately diagnose herpes conditions, especially in cases where the patient has recently become asymptomatic and is currently between outbreaks. Other tests such as culture testing and type-specific virologic tests are often employed instead as a confirmatory diagnosis for the patient’s condition.

It is recommended to get tested for STDs if you have had unprotected sexual contact, multiple sexual partners, or if you are experiencing symptoms associated with STDs. Additionally, regular testing is recommended as part of routine sexual health care, even in the absence of symptoms, especially for individuals who are sexually active.

Depending on the test being performed and the testing physician's targeted diseases, various types of samples can be requested from you. In some instances, a minuscule blood sample of a few milliliters will be collected, some might ask for a urine sample, and others may opt for a genital swab. Again, the sample being collected will depend on the test being conducted and the outcome that is being targeted for this particular procedure.

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Visit your nearest lab or clinic, order your home testing kit online, and follow the given instructions from an STD testing provider.

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After ordering your STD test, visit the testing center to get tested or take a self sample including urine, cotton swab, or finger prick with the home testing kit and mail it back.

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Receive the lab-certified results of your STD test from your test provider via mail or phone within 2 to 3 days. If the test comes positive, consult your doctor immediately.

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