Free STD Testing in Tennessee

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise nationally and in Tennessee, revealed by the Centers for Disease Control's Annual STD Surveillance Report, 2018. As per this report, which examines STD trends from 2014 to 2018, the rate of reportable STDs, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, has increased significantly in Tennessee and the USA.

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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

1080 Neal St Ste 201, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501

Tel: 9313720009


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

159 North Star Drive, Jackson, Tennessee 38305

Tel: 7314372042


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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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

1400 Donelson Pike Ste B10, Nashville, Tennessee 37217

Tel: 6153660313


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

350 Blountville Hwy Ste 101, Bristol, Tennessee 37620

Tel: 4239681431


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

1928 Alcoa Hwy, Bldg B-119, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Tel: 8653059720


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.

Frontier Health Turning Point

Case Management Services for HIV Positive Individuals. free HIV rapid testing and HepC testing. Organization serves Northeast TN.

208 E Unaka Ave, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Tel: (423) 926-0940 (ext 2210)


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • Free Hepatitis C Testing

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OUTMemphis

Free condoms available.

892 S Cooper St, Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Tel: (901) 278-6422


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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The Haven Memphis

Free condoms available. Please call 901-333-8256 to schedule a free HIV self-testing kit pickup.

622 Minor Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38111

Tel: (901) 333-8245

Tel: (901) 333-8256


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Rapid Testing

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • Free Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Free HIV Self-Testing

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Tennessee Department of Health Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department

Ooltewah Clinic

5520 High St, Ooltewah, Tennessee 37363

Tel: (423) 238-4269


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

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

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
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted

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Street Works

None.

1326 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Ste B, Nashville, Tennessee 37208

Tel: (615) 259-7676

Tel: (615) 248-1907


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Condom Distribution
  • • Behavioral Interventions
  • • Harm Reduction
  • • Needle Cleaning, Needle Exchange or Needle Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Tennessee

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 Tennessee. 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 Tennessee?

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 Tennessee?

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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Congenital syphilis rates have increased tremendously. Tennessee ranks 11th in all 50 US states for the highest gonorrhea cases, 17th in chlamydial infection rates, and 27th in primary and secondary syphilis rates. Moreover, the state ranked 19th for the number of congenital syphilis cases in which the state has observed a 19% increase since 2017.

Why Testing Matters?

The United States is currently undergoing an STD epidemic. The rising rates of STDs is a startling and shocking development. According to 2018 data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), STD rates are at an all-time high in the country and indicate a troubling trend that intensified over the past five years, with new records being set each year. Since 2013, STD cases have been increasing in the country, with chlamydia, gonorrhea, and all staged syphilis comprising 2.4 million disease cases in 2018. Comparatively, HIV rates have remained plateaued as the case rates remained close to 39,000 infections in a year since 2013.

The three reportable STDs gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, are capable of causing extreme harm to infected individuals as well as their partners. Lifelong pain and infertility are quite common complications of STDs, but it can also lead to severe infections, and in some cases, especially with syphilis, death or permanent is also a probability.

With the increase in the number of cases, the number of adverse health consequences will also increase. The only way to reduce this incline in STD rates is by getting tested and remaining fully aware of your sexual health status. If diagnosed at the right time, it is possible to treat most STDs and prevent them from getting transmitted to other individuals.

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STD Statistics Tennessee

According to Tennessee State Health Department's STD Surveillance Report 2018-19, during 2015–2018, the rate of reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis and the number of STD cases increased dramatically. In 2019, around 41,501 chlamydia cases, 16,183 gonorrhea cases, and 683 P&S syphilis cases were reported in the state with a rate of 607.7 cases/100,000 people, 237.0 cases/100,000 people, and 10.0 cases/100,000 people, respectively.

The number and rate of chlamydial infections in Tennessee have increased since 2015. In 2018, the state reported 14,666 gonorrhea cases and 1,730 reported syphilis cases. In 2018, according to the same report, the state recorded 38,282 chlamydia cases at a rate of 565.5 cases/100,000 people. Overall, the number and rate of syphilis cases across all stages of the disease have increased since 2014.

In 2018, the public health region reporting the highest rate of chlamydia was Shelby, with 1,044.1 cases/100,000 people, while in gonorrhea rates, Shelby recorded the highest number of cases with 465.3 cases/100,000 people. Davidson had higher rates of syphilis (P&S) at 20.2 cases/100,000 people.

According to Tennessee's health department, men accounted for 88% of P&S syphilis cases in 2018. Men who have sex with men accounted for the highest number of these cases. Out of the 553 total P&S syphilis cases, 54% or 300 cases were reported among MSM, and 9% or 33 cases were reported among men who have sex with men and women. Another startling fact revealed in the report is that in 2018, twelve cases of congenital syphilis were reported in Tennessee at a rate of 14.9 cases/100,000 live births in the state.

West Tennessee and Madison County are two regions in Tennessee state that have recorded some of the highest STDs rates in the country. Madison County's disease rate generally ranks among Tennessee's top five counties regarding chlamydia and gonorrhea. Over the past five years, there's been a significant rise in the number of syphilis cases as well.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

During 2014–2018, the highest rate of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and P&S syphilis in Tennessee was reported among non-Hispanics blacks compared to non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics. Around 487 cases of P&S syphilis were reported in the male population at a rate of 14.7 cases/100,000 males. In contrast, the infection rate among females was much lower than males, with 66 cases reported at 1.49 cases/100,000 females.

In 2018, females accounted for 25,193 cases of chlamydia at a rate of 726.5 cases/100,000 females, while the rate among men was lower with 13,085 cases reported at a rate of 396.3 cases/100,000 males. The same year, around 7,962 gonorrheal infections were diagnosed among males for a rate of 216.6 cases/100,000 males, and females accounted for 6,704 cases for a rate of 193.3/100,000 females.

Furthermore, during 2018, the 20-24-year olds reported the highest rate of chlamydial infections with 14,413 cases, followed by 15-19-year olds who accounted for 10,635 cases. Moreover, 20-24-year olds reported the highest number of gonorrhea infections as well, with 1,045.9 cases/100,000 individuals. Between 2014 and 2017, the 2nd highest gonorrhea rate was observed among 15-19-year olds in Tennessee, but in 2018 this position was claimed by 25-29-year olds as this age group reported the 2nd highest rate of infection at 666.7 cases/100,000 people aged 25-29.

In 2018, Tennessee reported 144 cases of P&S syphilis among individuals aged 25-29 for a rate of 29.7 cases/100,000 25-29-year olds, followed by 20-24-year olds with 27.7 cases/100,000 people of the same age.

Within the past five years, in Tennessee, non-Hispanic blacks reported the highest chlamydia infection rate with 18,070 cases for a rate of 1,588.2/100,000 population compared to 293.8 cases/100,000 people among non-Hispanic whites and 514.9 cases per 100,000 people among Hispanics. Between 2014 and 2018, non-Hispanic blacks reported the highest rate of gonorrhea infection too, with 9,035 cases reported for 797.0/100,000 people compared to 97.1 cases/100,000 people among non-Hispanic whites and over 87 cases/100,000 people among the Hispanic population. During the same period, non-Hispanic blacks reported the highest number of P&S syphilis cases for over 25 cases per 100,000 people, followed by non-Hispanic whites who reported 4.8 cases/100,000 people, and Hispanics accounted for 6.3 cases/100,000 people.

State Initiatives

The Tennessee Health Department reports and manages the cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus in West Tennessee. The department works with private physicians to report STD cases across the country and ensure optimum public safety by preventing disease outbreaks.

Individuals with known STDs or people concerned about possible exposure to an STD can request testing and treatment at the health department. The state's health department comprises staff trained in disease intervention methods and offers quality treatment, disease management and follow up counseling for STD-infected individuals. These services are carried out confidentially and at little to no cost in most scenarios.

The Tennessee Department of Health's (TDH) STD Prevention Program is an important initiative to manage the state's STD outbreak and maintain a case surveillance registry. Chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea, the three reportable STDs by law, are the department's primary focus.

Case reports of STD-infected individuals are sent to the TDH and comprise vital variables such as demographic features, treatment information, and STD risk factors. This information is stored in the department's Patient Reporting Investigation Surveillance Manager (PRISM). The annual epidemiological reports are created using this data.

The Center of Excellence project is a coordinated and standardized delivery system. It encompasses a comprehensive range of services for STD-infected individuals and their families so that they can meet their health care and psychological needs across all stages of the illness.

The State of Tennessee ensures the seamless provision of STD/HIV drug assistance and medical services as well as insurance assistance. The services are offered to eligible Tennessee residents. Eligibility criteria involve an individual's eligibility for the Ryan White Part B Medical Services Program coverage or coverage by the Insurance Assistance Program, the HIV Drug Assistance Program, etc.

References

  • Center of Excellence for HIV/AIDS, 2021. Etsu Homepage. etsu.edu. Available at: https://www.etsu.edu/com/coe-hiv/
  • 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 [Accessed January 5, 2022].
  • Tennessee Department of Health , 2021. STD Control. Madison County TN. Available at: https://www.madisoncountytn.gov/189/STD-Control
  • TN Department of Health, 2019. Tennessee STD Epidemiological Profile 2018. tn.gov. Available at: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/statistics/2018-STD-Epi-Profile.pdf
  • TN Department of Health, 2021. Ryan White part B program. Tennessee State Government - TN.gov. Available at: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/health-program-areas/std/std/ryan-white-part-b-program.html
  • WBBJTV, 2019. Local health experts urge testing for STD Awareness Month. wbbjtv.com. Available at: https://www.wbbjtv.com/2019/04/01/local-health-experts-urge-testing-for-std-awareness-month/
  • Williams, T., 2020. STDs on the rise nationally and in Tennessee, according to new CDC Report. mtsusidelines.com. Available at: https://mtsusidelines.com/2019/10/15/stds-on-the-rise-nationally-and-in-tennessee-according-to-new-cdc-report/

Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Tennessee

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Does it Work?

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