Free STD Testing in Montana

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are pretty common in Montana, as over 75 new infections are reported in the state every week. State health officials agree that STDs have been showing an upward trend in Montana lately and reached record highs in all three common, reportable STDs, namely gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia.

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Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

401 15Th Ave S Ste 107, Great Falls, Montana 59405

Tel: 4064525000


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

2900 12th Ave. N, Ste 150w, Billings, Montana 59101

Tel: 4062597605


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

2819 Great Northern Loop #101, Missoula, Montana 59808

Tel: 4065493967


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.

Gallatin City-County Health Department

General Public.

215 W Mendenhall, Rm 117, Bozeman, Montana 59715

Tel: (406) 582-3100

Tel: (406) 582-3112


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Prevention Services Offered

  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Sliding Scale

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Missoula City-County Health Department

Free condoms available.

301 W Alder St, Missoula, Montana 59802

Tel: (406) 259-3896


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Rapid Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Sliding Scale

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PureView Health Center East Helena Clinic

250 Academic St, East Helena, Montana 59635

Tel: (406) 500-2121


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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PureView Health Center Parker Medical Center

2363 MT-200, Lincoln, Montana 59639

Tel: (406) 362-4603


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Madison County Public Health Department

7 Placer Loop, Virginia City, Montana 59755

Tel: (406) 843-4295

Tel: (406) 843-5231


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Montana

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 Montana. 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 Montana?

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 Montana?

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?

The best way to prevent STDs is to get tested regularly. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends whoever is sexually active must get tested along with their partner(s). The sooner you get screened for STIs and STDs, the better chances you have to be treated and cured of the virus and stop transmission of the disease to others.

CDC notes that all adolescents and adults between ages 13 and 64 must get tested for STDs at least once a year. Females younger than 25 and older females must particularly get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

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STD Statistics in Montana

According to the STDs surveillance report 2018 released by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), a significant increase in STDs is noted statewide. In 2018, the state reported 4,950 new chlamydia cases, at least 383 cases more than the number reported in 2017.

However, the state is more impacted by gonorrhea as cases consistently rise every year. The state recorded a whopping 51% increase compared to 2017, with 1,183 new cases in Montana. The rate of gonorrhea cases had previously declined in the state, but 2018 numbers indicate a record increment in gonorrheal infections in the past 30 years.

As per 2019 statistics, gonorrhea rates continued to increase, touching new heights compared to the past seven years with 1,500 cases. DPHHS's STD/HIV program manager Dana Fejes stated that considering these numbers, it is safe to assume that gonorrhea cases haven't been this high in the past four decades.

In 2018, over 45 syphilis cases were reported, along with 24 newly diagnosed HIV cases. Around 66% of new syphilis cases were reported among men who have sex with men, and 65% of those who tested positive for syphilis claimed they used online dating sites to find new partners.

"Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are, generally speaking, on the rise even in the nation, so in Montana, we're not immune to that," said Fejas, M.P.H.

Cascade and Yellowstone are identified as the most affected counties regarding the spread of gonorrhea and syphilis in 2019. In addition, Gallatin county has reported a sharp rise in chlamydia cases with a total of 545 cases in 2018, up from 349 cases in 2014. This county reported 25 gonorrhea cases in 2018 and 49 cases in 2019.

This is a concerning issue since people with an STD are more at risk of contracting HIV because similar behaviors and circumstances make people vulnerable to getting STDs and HIV. Such as unprotected sex, multiple and/or anonymous partners, and blood transfusion.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

Chlamydia, caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium, is one of Montana's most commonly reported infectious diseases. According to the DPHHS STDs surveillance report 2018-2019, since 2012, chlamydia rates in Montana have increased substantially, particularly in females, as in 2018, 3,229 or about 65% of all reported cases were diagnosed in females. The greater proportion of diagnosis could be attributed to testing recommendations as it results in more females seeking medical care than males and being tested more often.

Furthermore, the highest number of chlamydia cases, almost 35%, was diagnosed among people aged 20–24 years compared to any other age group. The white population was the most vulnerable group as 69% of chlamydia infections were diagnosed in 2018, followed by American-Indians with 23%. It is worth noting that American-Indians are disproportionally affected by chlamydia despite that this group makes up just over 6% of Montana's total population.

Gonorrhea, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, is the second most commonly reported STD in Montana. In 2018, the state reported 1,176 cases, which is higher compared to the past ten years. Until 2012, gonorrhea incidence was under control in Montana, but the rate has increased steadily since, from 10.7 in 2012 to 81.9 per 100,000 in 2015.

Between 2015 and 2017, the number of gonorrhea cases leveled off slightly but again increased by a staggering 50% in 2018 with 111.9 cases per 100,000 people. Most gonorrhea cases were reported in 20-24 and 25-29 age groups as these collectively account for over 50% of all reported cases. Among these groups, 55% or 427 cases were reported in females, and 211 cases were diagnosed in the 20-24 age group, out of which 108 or 51% occurred among females.

As is the case with chlamydia, Montana's American Indians are disproportionately impacted by gonorrhea. This population group makes up 40% of all infections despite comprising just over 6% of the state population. Still, the white population accounted for the highest prevalence of gonorrheal infections, with 49% of all diagnoses in 2018.

The rates of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis increased slightly in Montana in 2015 and reached a record high in 2017 with 48 cases per 100,000 population. In 2018, 45 cases were reported to DPHHS, most of whom were males (72%). P&S syphilis rates were higher in men who have sex with men (64%) than women, and the white population had a higher number of cases with 33%.

State Initiatives

Montana State has declared transmission of STDs by an infected individual to an uninfected individual as a misdemeanor. Though the state law doesn't provide a comprehensive outline of prohibited activities, exposure to STDs through sexual contact especially unprotected contact, and sharing needles will result in up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

In Montana, Planned Parenthood clinics operate extensively to offer rapid testing and screening services for infectious diseases. The clinics receive government funding, and their fees are determined on a sliding scale. This means your fees are calculated according to your income, assistance eligibility, and demographic factors. Planned Parenthood offers testing, diagnosis, and treatment services for STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, herpes, syphilis, and HIV. The clinics offer STD prevention guidance, safer sex education, and vaccinations services as well. Rapid testing results can be obtained within just 20 to 30 minutes.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, STD/HIV/Hep C Programs utilizes CDC recommendations for STD/HIV prevention among adolescents and adults and offers guidance to high-risk population groups regarding prevention efforts. The department has initiated a Get Checked Montana initiative. Under this program, the state offers facilities like behavioral risk counseling services and MpowerMT groups and engages with users via social marketing to promote STD/HIV screening. The DPHHS also funds organizations to encourage statewide testing, outreach, and prevention activities.

Furthermore, the Montana health department is currently working on a brand-new statewide media campaign to raise awareness about the increasing rate of STDs and inform residents about how they prevent infections. The campaign will target dating apps and social media users and will post awareness messages on these platforms. Since STDs impact a large number of American-Indians, therefore, the state offers low-cost testing facilities at tribal clinics and Indian Health Services.

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Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Montana

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.

It would vary depending on the condition that is being tested. STDs behave differently due to the varying pathogenicity of each STD’s causative organism. In some instances, you can get accurately tested as early as two weeks following exposure, while some are intermittently inaccurate due to its recurrence (much like in the case of herpes infections). To avoid this, be sure to discuss the intricacies of the test with your physician to understand whether a particular test could provide you with a conclusive diagnosis or if it still needs another confirmatory test to establish its premise.

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.

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.

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 Montana 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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