Free STD Testing in Louisiana

Across the United States, three of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. According to the latest data, despite implementing statewide counter-STDs measures, Louisiana remains one of the high rankers in rising STDs cases.

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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

3555 Loyola Dr Suite C, Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Tel: 5044645552


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.

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

11441 Industriplex Blvd Ste 140, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809

Tel: 2252988200


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.

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

109 Circle Dr, West Monroe, Louisiana 71291

Tel: 3183615653


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.

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

217 La Rue France, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508

Tel: 3372335711


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.

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

1109 C M Fagan Drive Suite J, Hammond, Louisiana 70403

Tel: 9855425389


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.

Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies

Prioritize testing for African American and Latino youth ages 13-29 but testing is provided for all who want it.

2021 Lakeshore Dr, Ste 220, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

Tel: (504) 599-7712

Tel: (504) 599-7713


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Behavioral Interventions

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Louisiana Department of Health Allen Parish Health Unit

145 Hospital Dr, Oakdale, Louisiana 71463

Tel: (318) 335-1147

Tel: (318) 335-2898


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Sliding Scale

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Louisiana Department of Health Jefferson Davis Parish Health Unit

403 Baker St, Jennings, Louisiana 70546

Tel: (332) 824-2193

Tel: (337) 824-0794


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale

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Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans Northshore Offices

HIV testing open to the General Public. Appointments needed.

823 Carroll St, Ste B, Mandeville, Louisiana 70448

Tel: (985) 674-0488


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Daughters of Charity Health Center Metairie Clinic

111 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, Louisiana 70001

Tel: (504) 482-0084

Tel: (504) 483-6018


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • TB Testing
  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Primary Care

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Insurance Accepted

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Louisiana

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 Louisiana. 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 Louisiana?

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 Louisiana?

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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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Innerbody.com's year 2018 report, Louisiana is among the top three states reporting high numbers of gonorrhea, primary/secondary syphilis, congenital syphilis, and chlamydia cases.

Why Testing Matters?

Despite the numerous preventive health care options available, Americans are currently using preventive services at approximately half the suggested rate. It is worth noting that infectious diseases, especially those contracted through sexual activity, are easily preventable if only people start focusing on preventive measures and early diagnosis. This is possible by regularly testing for STDs.

CDC reported that 2017 was a catastrophic year for the US as the greatest number of cases were reported. Rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis (primary and secondary), have been continually inclining for the past five years even though treatment options are widely available. The biggest barrier to early diagnosis is that people don't get tested for STDs due to cultural issues, the stigma associated with STDs, and simply because of lack of awareness.

If left untreated, STDs can cause several life-threatening health conditions. For instance, Syphilis can cause paralysis, dementia, and blindness in adults. Congenital syphilis is strongly associated with stillbirths and physical/mental deformities among newborns, including mental retardation or hearing loss. Untreated gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause cervical cancer, long-term abdominal or pelvic pain, infertility, and increased vulnerability to getting HIV.

Anyone sexually active is at the risk of contracting an STD. However, some groups are particularly at risk, including bisexual men, gay, pregnant females, and young people aged 13-24. According to the 2018 report from Health Testing Centers, STD rates have reached record highs in the US and don't seem to be slowing down. Therefore, it is now every American's responsibility to take testing seriously and take precautions. Most STDs and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are treatable but go unnoticed because of a lack of symptoms. That's why testing is vital to the safety and wellness of you and your partner, regardless if you take precautions or not.

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Louisiana State Initiatives

Louisiana provides a clear reflection of the ongoing STDs epidemic in the country. One of the reasons why STD cases are on a rise in the state and nationally is that previously there were many federally funded testing facilities/clinics offering tests and treatment opportunities to vulnerable groups of population, particularly those who couldn't afford STD testing. However, today, the testing and treatment is in the hand of primary-care physicians who usually lack specialized training and resources to offer high quality STD prevention and care. Federal funding has received many cuts over the years, and the state has to take the burden of implementing measures to curb the number of STD cases. Louisiana's health care system is too fragmented to address the STD epidemic appropriately.

Still, the state is concerned about controlling the STD rates. In the past three years, Louisiana has taken many steps to reduce the incidence of congenital syphilis.

In 2014, the state government made it mandatory for pregnant females to undergo screening for congenital syphilis in the first and third trimesters. In 2016, the state introduced a case study program, which reviewed every case of congenital syphilis.

In 2018, the Department of Health started delivering penicillin to women who tested positive for syphilis or connected them with a trained physician to undergo proper treatment.

Moreover, the state has integrated the regional STD/HIV and HIV/STD/Hepatitis C testing task forces to identify local resources, gaps, and barriers to testing and address the issues. This has helped considerably in preventing STDs from spreading. The Louisiana Department of Health also initiated a home visiting program to inspect at-risk moms and their babies born with congenital syphilis. It is an incredibly innovative program launched to educate Louisiana residents to encourage timely screening and treatment of STDs. In 2018-19, Louisiana's rate of STD cases declined slightly due to the statewide efforts from the Louisiana Department of Health.

STDs in Louisiana

Louisiana has a high rate of STDs, reports CDC. The state had the highest rate of syphilis cases in the country, with 61 cases per 100,000 people in 2017. The number may seem small, but it suggests that in 2017, around 3,000 residents in the state suffered from syphilis. On the other hand, the national average for syphilis was 31.4 cases/100,000 residents.

Chlamydia is another common STD that residents in Louisiana are struggling with. CDC states that Louisiana has the 2nd highest number of chlamydia cases in the country, with a shopping 742.4 cases/100,000 people. In contrast, the national average is 528.8 cases/100,000 residents.

As far as gonorrhea is concerned, data reveals that Louisiana has the 3rd highest rate of gonorrheal infections with 256.7 cases/100,000 people, which is significantly higher than the national average (171 cases/100,000 people). The standards were higher than the national averages in all three most common STDs, namely chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

According to the 2015 statistics from the Louisiana Department of Health, there were 32,305 new chlamydia diagnoses per 100,000 residents, 72% of whom were females and 28% males. Moreover, the African-American population accounted for the highest number of cases. Reportedly, 73% of the overall chlamydial infections were reported in blacks, 22% in whites, and 3% in Hispanics/Latinos. Around 33% of the diagnoses were reported in people below 20 years and 38% in people between 20 and 24. 16% of the reported chlamydia cases were recorded among people aged between 25 and 29 years, and 13% were above 30.

Louisiana reported 10,274 new gonorrheal diagnoses in 2015 with a rate of 221 cases/100,000 people. Out of these, 54% were females and 46% males who got diagnosed with chlamydia. Around 81% of the diagnoses were reported in the African-American community, 16% among white, and 2% in Hispanics. The most at-risk demographic group in Louisiana was people aged 20-24, as they had 36% of all diagnoses, followed by people under the age of 20 with 29% of all gonorrhea diagnoses. 18% of diagnoses were recorded in people aged 25 or above.

In Louisiana, around 35% of the population is black, and it is the worst affected demographic group in the state. Blacks accounted for about 75% of all primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses in Louisiana during 2013 and 2014, and 78% in 2015. Comparatively, 22% of the reported primary and syphilis cases were white in 2015, which decreased slightly to 20% in 2015. Between 2013 and 2014, around 2% of Hispanics reportedly were diagnosed with primary and secondary syphilis, and the figure declined to 1% in 2015.

Sexual Education in Louisiana

According to Louisiana's sex education law, public schools aren't necessarily required to teach sex education. It is upon the discretion of the local school board to decide about it. Furthermore, it is mandatory in Louisiana that the sex education curriculum emphasizes abstinence until marriage as the suggested and acceptable method to prevent pregnancy or STDs. Abortion, as a topic, is strictly avoided.

Another interesting aspect is that in Louisiana, it is necessary that abortion is taught within another subject like biology, and a separate class cannot be conducted on this subject. From kindergarten to sixth grade, sex education is not permitted except in Orleans Parish, which allows sex education in the third grade. However, the school board must determine the grade level from when to provide sex education beyond sixth grade.

Schools cannot provide resource materials or give out contraceptives that may depict explicit homosexual acts. Louisiana also doesn't address topics like HIV or STD prevention through sexual education. Local agencies are authorized to select and approve the curriculum for sexual health. Parents or guardians have the right to opt-out students from the sex-education program as well as STD prevention instruction.

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Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Louisiana

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 how other testing procedures behave, false-positive results are still evident even in STD testing. False-positive and even false-negative results are standard instances that showcase the imperfection of the test’s design – a factor that is present everywhere. However, despite certain inconsistencies in laboratory tests as such, physicians commonly use confirmatory tests that would often take another path entirely to arrive at the same conclusion – solidifying the initial test’s diagnosis while still ensuring that the second test is not following the inconsistencies of the first.

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.

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.

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.

How Does it Work?

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