Free STD Testing in South Dakota

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise in the US state of South Dakota. In fact, the STD rates have reached near historic numbers in the state, and prevention efforts by the South Dakota Department of Health haven’t been able to reverse this trend of rising STD rates statewide.

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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

713 Omaha St, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

Tel: 6057167485


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.

Sanford Health Laboratories

No Appointment Required

1105 E Holly Blvd, Brandon, South Dakota 57005

Tel: 6055825820


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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Sanford Health Laboratories

No Appointment Required

600 W Cedar St, Beresford, South Dakota 57004

Tel: 6057633700


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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Sanford Health Laboratories

No Appointment Required

922 22nd Ave, Brookings, South Dakota 57006

Tel: 6056971900


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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Sanford Health Laboratories

No Appointment Required

6101 S Louise, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108

Tel: 6053128000


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.

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies

HIV Prevention: Must be a person who shows signs of being at risk of contracting HIV or another STI. Person must show a desire to reduce their risk. Ryan White Part B: Must be HIV positive, live in South Dakota, Have income below 300% of Federal Poverty guidelines

111 New York St, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

Tel: (605) 341-8336


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

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Indian Health Service Aberdeen Area Pine Ridge Service Unit

Kyle Health Center

Must be Native American.

1000 Health Center Rd, Kyle, South Dakota 57752

Tel: (605) 455-2451

Tel: (605) 455-2808


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • TB Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • • 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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Indian Health Service Cheyenne River Service Unit

Eagle Butte Indian Hospital

Must be Native American.

24276 166th St, Eagle Butte, South Dakota 57625

Tel: (605) 964-7724

Tel: (605) 964-1110


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment
  • • STD Treatment
  • • TB Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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South Dakota Department of Health Lake County Community Health

200 E Ctr, Madison, South Dakota 57042

Tel: (605) 256-5309


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

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

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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South Dakota Department of Health Tripp County Public Health Services

Winner Regional Healthcare Center

245 S Main St, Winner, South Dakota 57580

Tel: (605) 842-7166


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

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

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in South Dakota

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 South Dakota. 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 South Dakota?

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 South Dakota?

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?

STDs are personal health issues and a cause of grave concern among public health officials in South Dakota. Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Minnehaha County are the highest in the entire state.

It is worth noting that according to the state health department, STDs are the most commonly reported infectious diseases in this state, and the cases are showing an unprecedented rise of late. Reportedly, gonorrhea rates have increased five times over the past decade. In contrast, chlamydia rates have doubled since 2003, and the syphilis rate has recorded a ten-fold increase over the last decade. In 2015, South Dakota ranked 19th in gonorrhea rates, 22nd in chlamydia rates, and 27th in syphilis among the 50 US states.

Another issue of concern for the health department is the sudden rise in the cases of congenital syphilis. The department has been channeling efforts to address this issue and helped treat around 75% of the cases it discovered in 2019.

As per the state’s STD surveillance report 2015-2016, more than 60% of South Dakota’s male syphilis cases were due to male-to-male sexual contact, and 37% of high schoolers were identified to be at risk of contracting STDs.

Prevention efforts include regular screening, monogamy, abstinence, and condoms. STD prevention and treatment are possible if only you choose to get yourself checked for an STI (sexually transmitted infection) and seek treatment immediately if tested positive. STDs are generally asymptomatic and don’t show any symptoms until they have progressed to advanced stages when there’s no turning back. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), testing is essential for high-risk groups of the population, including those less than 25 years of age, men who have sex with men (MSM), and women of childbearing age.

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STD Statistics in South Dakota

South Dakota infection rates are rapidly rising. Despite state and local efforts, STD cases sharply rose in the first three months of 2018. However, the state has been recording high rates of STDs for the past ten years. According to the state’s 2015-2016 STD surveillance report, the number of gonorrhea cases rose from 1,055 in 2015 to 1,269 in 2016, chlamydia cases increased from 3,877 in 2015 to 4,331 in 2016, while syphilis recorded a drop from 48 cases in 2015 to 40 cases in 2016.

Chlamydia is currently the most frequently reported infectious disease in South Dakota, but this is also not a novel discovery as chlamydia’s historical trend has been upward in this state. During 2012-2016 all 66 counties of South Dakota reported chlamydia cases. The number of chlamydia cases ranged from 1,313 in 1995 to 4,331 in 2016, marking a whopping 230% rise over a 22-year period.

Since 1974, South Dakota has observed a rise in gonorrhea cases, with 2,254 cases reported that year. During the 1990s, there was a sharp decline in gonorrhea rates, with fewer than 200 cases reported annually throughout the decade. In 2006, South Dakota had the country’s 39th highest gonorrhea rate, with 47.3 cases diagnosed per 100,000 people. However, by 2015, this number increased significantly, and the state was ranked 19th. By 2016, the state’s gonorrhea prevalence rate almost tripled to 147.1 cases diagnosed per 100,000 people, the highest in 35 years.

South Dakota has observed a resurgence in syphilis cases, which reached a peak in 2014 with 76 early syphilis cases and three congenital syphilis cases reported in a year. Between 2012 and 2016, the state’s overall syphilis case count was five congenital, over 130 primary, 85 secondary, 51 early-latent, and 72 late-latent syphilis cases. In 2011, the state reported the lowest primary/secondary syphilis rate in the US, with zero cases reported. However, South Dakota’s syphilis count showed a dramatic increase in 2014, with the state touching 14th highest rate with 6.3 cases identified per 100,000 people.

In November 2021, there were 511 cases of syphilis reported in South Dakota, which is over ten times higher compared to statistics from the past three years and 1,011% higher than the average year-to-date five-year average of 46. Chlamydia and gonorrhea cases are rising as well, but not as much as syphilis.

Age, Gender, Ethnic Disparities

In South Dakota, STDs are widely prevalent across all age spectrums. Between 2012 and 2016, as per the state’s health department’s STD surveillance report, four chlamydia cases were diagnosed in children aged ten or below. More cases were identified in people aged between 60 and 70 years than before, perhaps because this age group has reported a sharp increase in the use of medications for sexual activity.

Regarding gonorrhea, the peak age was 22 years between 2012-2016, and females accounted for almost 61% of all cases in the state. The median age of infected females was 24 years, and the median male age was 26 years. On the other hand, females reportedly accounted for over 70% of all chlamydia cases in South Dakota during this period. The peak age for chlamydial infection was 19 years for females, with the median age being 21 years. The media male case age was 23 years for chlamydia.

It is worth noting that South Dakota reported the 45th lowest male-to-female chlamydia incidence rate in the country between 2012 and 2016. However, American Indians accounted for 40.5% of all chlamydia cases in the state, followed by over 39% for whites and 4.8% for blacks.

In fact, the state’s American Indian chlamydia rate of 2,130 cases/100,000 people was the second-highest in the USA. Between 2012 and 2015, American Indians accounted for 62% of all gonorrhea cases, 24.6% of cases were diagnosed in whites, and 9.9% in blacks. In 2015, South Dakota’s American Indian gonorrhea prevalence rate was highest in the USA with 827 cases/100,000 people compared to the national American Indian gonorrhea cases rate of 179 cases/100,000 population.

Unlike chlamydia and gonorrhea, males in South Dakota accounted for the majority (67.1%) of primary/secondary syphilis cases during 2012-2015. The peak infection age for syphilis was 22 years. the media male age was identified as 33 years and medial female age was 28 years. At least 49% of cases were identified in American Indians, over 41% in whites, and 5.7% in Blacks.

State Initiatives

The South Dakota Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Control Program is designed to prevent and reduce the incidence of STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. Through this program, statewide consultation and technical support are provided along with advanced screening and surveillance services.

Moreover, the program provides partner services, health care provider education, partner notification service for reportable STDs, and case management facilities. STD intervention, control, and prevention are ensured through a cooperative effort involving private physicians, local/state health department personnel, other health care providers, and community members at large. The Disease Intervention Specialist or DIS is a crucial player in this regard.

The South Dakota HIV/AIDS Prevention Program is initiated with the primary goal and ambition of achieving the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which entails curbing the rise of all common STDs. This program aims to reduce the number of people infected with STIs, increase access to care, improve health outcomes for people living with HIV or other STDs, and reduce prevailing health-related disparities.

The South Dakota Ryan White Part B CARE Program offers support to DIS and partner services of the South Dakota Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Control Program. An annual federal grant funds it with the sole purpose of assisting STD infected, low-income individuals so that they could fulfil their health care needs.

South Dakota offers free STD testing facilities at designated STD clinics throughout the state. Every county has twelve public clinics and three private clinics. Free testing for herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis is offered at these clinics. Same day testing facility is offered with results delivered within 48 hours.

References

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  • Bart Pfankuch, S.D.N.W., 2018. South Dakota losing fight against resurgent sex diseases. Argus Leader. Available at: https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2018/06/11/stds-south-dakota-losing-fight-against-resurgent-sexually-transmitted-diseases/690050002/
  • Fugleberg, J., 2021. Public health officials concerned about STD rates in Dakotas, Minnesota, as COVID-19 Pandemic Limited testing. Pine and Lakes Echo Journal. Available at: https://www.pineandlakes.com/newsmd/health-news/7278110-Public-health-officials-concerned-about-STD-rates-in-Dakotas-Minnesota-as-COVID-19-pandemic-limited-testing
  • Hoots, B.E., Taylor, M.M., Giroux, J.A., Tulloch, S., Welch, G., Gill, A., Kightlinger, L.K. and Reilley, B., 2012. Addressing increases in gonorrhea diagnoses in South Dakota: A collaboration between the state, IHS, tribes, and CDC. The IHS primary care provider, 37(12), p.256.
  • Live Well Sioux Falls, 2021. STD and HIV testing. livewellsiouxfalls.org. Available at: http://livewellsiouxfalls.org/feel-well/sexual-health/hiv-testing/
  • National Coalition of STD Directors, 2019. The STD Epidemic in America: The Frontline Struggle. ncsddc.org/. Available at: https://www.ncsddc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/COVID19-State-of-STD-Field-Phase-III-Report-1.28.21-FINAL-1.pdf
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Frequently asked questions about STD tests in South Dakota

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.

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.

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.

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 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 South Dakota 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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