Free STD Testing in Idaho

Idaho State recorded an alarming rise in the rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), particularly in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It is essential to understand the gravity of the situation and address this issue because sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause long-term health consequences, including infertility, if not treated at the right time.

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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

444 Hospital Way Ste 401, Pocatello, Idaho 83201

Tel: 2082326740


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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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

2001 S Woodruff Ave Suite 7, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83404

Tel: 2085524826


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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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Interlake

No Appointment Required

700 W Ironwood Dr, Suite 135, Coeur D'alene, Idaho 83814

Tel: 2089666362


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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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Chinook

No Appointment Required

980 Ironwood Dr, #103, Coeur D'alene, Idaho 83814

Tel: 2082922782


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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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

3355 E. Louise Drive, Suite 150, Meridian, Idaho 83642

Tel: 2086053751


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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Today's best offer is: $10 off any order. Discount will be applied automatically.

South Central Public Health District Bellevue Office

117 E Ash St, Bellevue, Idaho 83313

Tel: (208) 788-4335

Tel: (208) 788-0098


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • Partner Notification
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

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

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South Central Public Health District Gooding Office

HIV testing is provided at nearby locations for at risk populations. Call for information.

255 N Canyon Dr, Gooding, Idaho 83330

Tel: (208) 934-4477

Tel: (208) 934-8558


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • Partner Notification
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale

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South Central Public Health District Jerome Office

Referrals available for HIV/STD testing.

951 E Ave H, Jerome, Idaho 83338

Tel: (208) 324-8838

Tel: (208) 324-9554


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Sliding Scale

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Community Health Association of Spokane Lewis and Clark Health Center

1203 Idaho St, Lewiston, Idaho 83501

Tel: (208) 848-8300

Tel: (208) 848-8303


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis C Treatment
  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment
  • • STD Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Centro de Comunidad y Justicia

Free condoms available.

4696 W Overland Rd, Ste 226, Boise, Idaho 83705

Tel: (208) 378-1368


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Rapid Testing
  • • Mobile Testing Services

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • Free STD Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • Free Hepatitis C Testing

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Idaho

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 Idaho. Check them out to find out which option is suitable for you.

Testing MethodWaiting TimesSpeed of ResultsPositive Consultation

Private Testing (Walk-In Clinic)

10-20 Minutes with No Wait

24-72 Hours

Free With Positive Result

At-Home STD Testing

No Wait

5-11 Days

Free With Positive Result

Doctor Visit

with Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Co-Pay Required

Doctor Visit

without Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Out-of-Pocket Cost Required

Public Clinic

Limited Hours and Long Lines

7-14 Days

No

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Are STD tests expensive in Idaho?

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 Idaho?

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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Why Testing Matters?

STIs are generally contagious infections transmitted via the exchange of bodily fluids like blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and/or saliva. These can be transmitted even without having sexual intercourse by exchanging body fluid or skin-to-skin contact. Whoever is sexually active must get tested for STIs frequently, at least once a year. Many infections don’t show any signs or symptoms but can cause chronic health conditions, including cancer and infertility.

The ideal way to avoid such drastic consequences is to regularly practice safe sex and get screened for STIs. Safe sexual practices include avoiding sexual activities that involve penetration, using condoms and contraceptives. Also, make sure your sexual partner(s) should be tested for STIs and observe signs of an STD like warts, genital rashes, abnormal discharge, or sores.

The best way forward is to get regularly tested for STIs before these turn into STDs. It is a crucial aspect of your and your partner’s better sexual health. Usually, infection occurs without any noticeable side effects, making it even more important to talk to your doctor about receiving regular testing. If diagnosed at the right time, STDs can be successfully treated, and if left untreated, it can lead to severe health consequences.

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STD Statistics in Idaho

Idaho has some of the country’s lowest prevalence of STDs among all the states. It ranked relatively low nationally for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In 2017, around 6,200 people were diagnosed with chlamydia in Idaho, giving the state a rate of 368 cases/100,000 people after population adjustment. This was the 7th lowest rate in all 50 US states. However, compared to the 2012 rate, the number of chlamydia cases in Idaho has increased by 30%.

Regarding gonorrhea, the state reportedly had the 4th lowest number of cases among all US states, which was around one-third of the overall national rate. Idaho’s gonorrhea rate was around 80% lower than Mississippi, which had the highest rate of gonorrhea in 2017. Over the years, the gonorrheal infection has exploded all across Idaho as its rate has gone up by over 450% since 2012.

After population adjustment, Idaho’s rate of primary and secondary syphilis cases was the country’s 11th lowest and over 80% less than Nevada’s levels, which had the highest rate of syphilis in 2017. But, the state has recorded over a 440% increase in syphilis cases since 2014.

In Idaho, chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most widely prevalent STD, and the infection rate is the highest among people between the ages of 15 and 24.

The incidence rate of gonorrhea infection in Idaho rose to alarming levels between 2015 and 2016, accounting for 36 infections per 100,000 people. This was the highest reported infection rate in the past thirty years, as in 1968, just 68 infections/100,000 people were reported. Like chlamydia, gonorrheal infections are also commonly reported among young Idahoans.

Around two-thirds of infections are reported among people aged 15-29 years, and over 50% of all infections in 2016-2017 occurred in people aged 20-29 years of age. The rate of gonorrhea cases in south-central Idaho marked a 203% increase in 2016-17, whereas, in southeast Idaho, the rate decreased approx. 14%.

The incidence rate of early syphilis reported during 2015 and 2016 was about five infections in every 100,000 people annually, significantly less than either chlamydia or gonorrhea. (Early syphilis is when the infection has been happening for less than 12 months.) However, recent reports of early syphilis in Idaho are higher today than in 20 years. The increases over the last two years can be attributed to an ongoing outbreak of syphilis in Southwest Idaho and steady incremental increases in the number of early syphilis infections reported among Idahoans in other areas of the state.

The state recorded a syphilis outbreak in 2014, which affected residents of Canyon and Ada counties and contributed to the high number of infections diagnosed in 2015-16. Syphilis, if left untreated, can lead to deafness, blindness, meningitis, dementia, and paralysis.

Age, Gender, Ethnicity Profile

In 2016, 6,706 cases of STD infections were reported in Idaho. This means roughly 4 infections/1,000 Idahoans. However, the primary issue of concern for the Idaho State government is that the rate of STDs has been rising among teens and young adults across the state. Reportedly, Idahoans aged 15-29 are the most vulnerable group for chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. Over three-quarters of chlamydia cases and around two-thirds of gonorrhea cases were diagnosed in 15-29-year-old Idahoans. Moreover, early syphilis and HIV infections affected a wider age range in the state.

About one in every ten syphilis infections during 2016 were reported in men, accounting for 86% of all cases. Compared to gonorrhea and chlamydia, early syphilis infections were highly prevalent among people aged 20-34. Over half of all infections, reportedly, were among the same age group, and one-third of syphilis cases were diagnosed in people aged 25-34 years.

In 2015, the state had the 38th highest rate of chlamydia diagnoses among people age 15–19 in the country, with an infection rate of 1,452 cases/100,000 people. There were around 1,666 chlamydia cases in people between the age 15-19. The state had the 49th highest rate of reported gonorrhea cases among the same age group compared to the national average, with an infection rate of 47.1 cases/100,000.

Also, in 2015, 54 gonorrhea cases were reported among young people aged 15–19 in Idaho. Furthermore, regarding syphilis, the state had the 46th highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis cases, but just 1 case was identified in 15–19 age group.

In 2015, around 30% of female high schoolers and 29% of male students reported being sexually active, which was higher than the national average of 29% female and 30% male high schoolers. About 29% of Hispanic high schoolers and 30% of whites in Idaho, reportedly, were sexually active, whereas 30% of Hispanics and 30.3% of white high schoolers in the country reportedly were sexually active.

Around 40% of white high school students reported not using condoms. Approximately 2.6% of whites and 5.3% of Hispanic high school students reported having sexual intercourse before turning 13; 91.2% of female high school students and 92% of male students in Idaho reported never been tested for HIV, while 91% of Hispanics and 91.8% of white high schoolers reported never been tested for HIV.

Government Initiatives

The top priorities of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are to improve outreach and ensure comprehensive STD education. Part of its efforts is health districts across the state and community business organizations. The department continually launches STD prevention and awareness initiatives despite the reduction in national funding for such programs.

There are seven health districts in Idaho, all of which work closely with the state health department to offer to fund for education and outreach, training assistance, and increase testing resources for the districts. By collaborating with community-based organizations in Idaho, the department offers free testing opportunities to individuals and free condoms to the districts. It also provides training on STDs so that health care professionals can determine local and national trends and get familiar with any new treatment options.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers school-based HIV/STD prevention programs, which include initiatives like providing funding and technical assistance to local and state educational agencies via different funding streams. CDC’s program aims to ensure better student health, collect/report data on risk behaviors of young people, implement HIV/STD prevention programs, and expand capacity-building.

In 2017, the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) provided funding to 18 state education agencies and 17 school districts to help them strengthen student health via exemplary sexual health education (ESHE). This includes a more profound emphasis on HIV and STD prevention strategies, increased access to critical sexual health services, and establishing safe and supportive environments for students and staff. To achieve these goals, DASH funded six NGOs to help state and local educational agencies.

Moreover, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare manages the state’s PREP grant along with eight sub-grantees. The programming takes place in schools and community-based settings. Its main targets are students in grades 9-12, mainly Latinos aged between 12-18, and young people in rural areas in Ada, Minidoka, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah Bingham, Blaine, Bonneville, Shoshone, Twin Falls, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, and Valley counties.

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Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Idaho

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.

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.

Yes. Certain companies offer at-home testing kits wherein you are the one that will collect the specimens necessary for the test at the comfort of your own home. Sure, it might sometimes be subject to errors due to the potential contamination of the sample from collection to transportation, but it does offer a great deal of privacy and convenience for patients who would prefer to have their identities hidden in fear that their community will judge them.

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.

It does vary on a case-to-case basis. Insurance policies are often particular with the instances that they would be covering with their program. Some may cover severe accidents, some may even consider “orphan disease,” and yes, some may also cover the expenses for performing STD diagnostic tests. However, considering that your insurance provider will have to verify the person's identity availing of the program, STD testing laboratories that employ a minimal collection of patient information may not accept insurance policies to prioritize privacy over affordability.

How Does it Work?

See how simple and easy it is to get tested for STDs in Idaho today

Most people experience feelings of hesitation when going to get tested for STD, despite knowing they might have contracted one. EasySTD was created to change that.

1

Order your STD test

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

2

Undergo the test

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.

3

Receive you results

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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