Free STD Testing in Texas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed in its recent report that in 2018, there were around 2.5 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) reported in the United States. Texas is one of the topmost affected states in this regard, as the rate of STD cases has seen a sharp rise within the last decade.

Board Approved

Reviewed by one or multiple members of our medical team

Find an STD testing center near me in Texas

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

17070 Red Oak Dr Ste 107, Houston, Texas 77090

Tel: 2815809476


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

See Tests & Prices

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

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

11301 Fallbrook, #126, Houston, Texas 77065

Tel: 2819557356


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

See Tests & Prices

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

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

21700 Kingsland Blvd Ste 108, Katy, Texas 77450

Tel: 2814928639


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

See Tests & Prices

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

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

13215 Dotson Rd #120, Houston, Texas 77070

Tel: 2814695497


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

See Tests & Prices

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

Labcorp

No Appointment Required

19016 Stone Oak Parkway #265, San Antonio, Texas 78258

Tel: 2105453909


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

See Tests & Prices

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

Garland Public Health Department

206 Carver Dr, Garland, Texas 75040

Tel: (972) 205-3370


Appointment Required: No


Tests Offered

  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Insurance Accepted

Learn More

Port Arthur Health Department

449 Austin Ave, Port Arthur, Texas 77640

Tel: (409) 983-8800


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

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

Learn More

Health Education Learning Project Arlington Clinic

Free condoms available.

200 E Division St, Arlington, Texas 76011

Tel: (817) 200-6500


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • No Fee
  • • PrEP for uninsured

Learn More

John Peter Smith Health Network JPS Healing Wings HIV/AIDS Center

HIV testing open to the General Public. Free HIV testing is offered at several of the JPS Health Centers. For testing locations and times call 817-927-3701 or 817-702-3305.

1350 S Main St, Ste 1600, Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Tel: (817) 702-3701


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing

Learn More

Matagorda Regional Medical Center Community Health Clinic

Must meet eligibility requirements for medical services. Clients who do not meet eligibility guidelines for the Medical Assistance Program (M.A.P.) will be referred to Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP).

1413 Ave G, Bay City, Texas 77414

Tel: (979) 245-8421

Tel: (979) 245-2135


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

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

Learn More

Do I have an STD?

Use our confidential STD symptom checker to get an idea of what STDs/STIs your symptoms align with and what STD tests are recommended to you.

Start Symptom Checker

Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Texas

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 Texas. 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

Learn more in our ultimate guide to STD testing.

Are STD tests expensive in Texas?

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 Texas?

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.

For more information, skip to the FAQs section on this page.

Test Advisor

Explore condition-specific testing options in Texas

Know all about STD testing options, and the costs of different STD tests.

Why Testing Matters

According to the CDC, thousands of people are unaware of the fact that they have an STD. Therefore, the actual number of people affected by STDs in the U.S., particularly Texas remains unreported. It happens because most STDs, such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia, don't display any noticeable symptoms.

STDs remain a significant and concerning health issue, primarily among teens, pregnant females, and men who have sex with men. Untreated STDs cause long-term health issues for the infected individual and jeopardize others' safety, especially their partner/spouse. Not just that, the prevalence of an STD is quickly becoming the leading cause behind a majority of congenital disabilities among infants. It also leads to infertility, premature births, and infant deaths right after birth.

Moreover, if screening isn't conducted at the right time, STDs can cause various chronic health conditions and aggravate other underlying health issues. For instance, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, HIV, cervical cancer, and infertility. That's why it is essential for every sexually active person, regardless of age or gender, must undergo STD testing.

If diagnosed at the right time, sexually transmitted diseases are curable with medications. Pregnant women, people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, and individuals having intimate relations with multiple partners should compulsorily get tested. In fact, as per the Texas Health and Safety Code §81.090, health care providers are required to test pregnant females at varying stages during gestation and before delivery.

STD Statistics in Texas

CDC reports that the state ranks 23 on the list of U.S. states having the highest number of STD cases. Texas state's number of uninsured people is the highest in the country. As per the Kinder Houston Survey 2020, around one-quarter of Harris County families are uninsured. Many of the Texas cities are included in the national list of cities reporting the highest number of STD cases in recent years.

Austin ranks at number 56 with over 1000 cases, Killeen ranks number 8 with 1600 cases per 100,000 people. Waco was ranked 33rd, Lubbock 38th, San Antonio 74th, and Dallas was featured on number 60. The highest number of STD diagnoses were made in Harris County and Dallas Country, stated the Texas Department of State Health Services.

As per the CDC, the state reported the highest number of Chlamydia cases. The number of cases was higher among women with 752 cases per 100/000 people, which is 2.6 times higher than men (288 cases). The Texas STD Surveillance Report 2018 reveals that around half of the top 25 U.S. cities having the highest STD rates were reported in Southern Texas.

In 2018, the state registered 12,900 new cases of Syphilis, which was 10.6% higher than in 2017. The number of primary/secondary Syphilis cases was 2,528 per 100,000 population, 15% higher than in 2017. The number of overall Chlamydia cases in Texas during 2018 was 145,874, and around 46,958 cases of Gonorrhea were recorded.

In many Texas counties, the number of STD cases is on the rise and reveals the year 2016 study from the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute. The study utilized data from 2013 and concluded that Dallas, Bexar, El Paso, Travis, and Midland counties were getting worse in Chlamydia cases. In 2013, Bexar Country had around 11,826 new cases, which was the highest in Texas that year, and almost all major counties reported around 600 cases per 100,000 residents. Some even reported over 1000 cases per 100,000 persons.

Note: Please rotate your device for the best experience.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Breakdown Of STDs Statistics

In not just Texas but overall in the U.S., claims CDC, sexually transmitted diseases disproportionately impact ethnic and racial minorities. The rate of STD cases is significantly high among the Black community than Whites.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, around 36.7% of all primary and secondary Syphilis cases reported in 2014 were diagnosed among the African-American populace. African-American females had the highest number of Chlamydia cases with 1,250 per 100,000 people, almost double the number for Hispanic females and around three and a half times more than the number of cases reported in White women.

The rate of Gonorrhea cases was also higher in the Black community, with 411 cases per 100,000 people, which is around five times higher than the number of cases in Hispanics (85). It was almost seven times higher than for whites, which was 61 cases per 100,000 people.

Between 2006 and 2010, the average annual incidence of all stages of Syphilis in Texas was comparatively lower in South than the rest of the state with 19.8 and 25.9 per 100,000 persons respectively.

However, Hispanics in this part of the state reported a higher incidence of Syphilis (21.9), while in the rest of the state this number was comparatively less (18.7). In South Texas, the average annual incidence of Chlamydia was also higher than the rest of Texas, with 429 cases per 100,000 people between 2006 and 2010.

In this context, Hispanics reported a higher rate of incidence than non-Hispanic whites and African-Americans. On the other hand, the incidence of Gonorrhea during the same period was the highest in Southern Texas with 90.3/100,000 people, which is nearly 2.4 times higher than non-Hispanic whites (37).

Teen Pregnancies and STDs - A Growing Cause of Concern for Texas

Every year, around 35,000 teenagers and young females get pregnant before turning 20 in Texas. In the rest of the U.S., the rates of teen pregnancies are declining with every passing year. However, as per a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, the rate of decline is considerably slower in Texas state.

Dallas and San Antonio had 50 and 40 percent higher teen pregnancy rates than the national average. As per the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's CEO, Gwen Daverth, teens in the state start indulging in sexual activity early. Research suggests that over half of high school students have had sexual intercourse. This reveals Texas is in dire need of revising its sex education policy.

In Texas, it is hard for teens to access reproductive health care. In the state, if a 16 or 17-years-old mom wants a birth control prescription, she will require her parents' permission. This law is prevalent only in Texas and Utah. Those who are already a parent will be the legal medical guardian of their baby but cannot make their own medical decisions without grandparents' permission. Perhaps, this is the reason Texas is reporting the highest number of repeat teen pregnancies in the U.S.

However, several studies have concluded that contraception is fundamental to reduce the rate of teen pregnancies. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy revealed that teen pregnancies cost Texas over $1 billion every year. These costs are incurred due to lost wages and excessive reliance on social services by this age group.

STD Prevention Measures

To offer treatment, care, and prevention services, Texas has implemented several key measures. The Department of State Health Services HIV/STD program is initiated under national guidelines related to the care and treatment of STD. These guidelines are developed by nationally recognized groups, including CDC, Office of AIDS Research Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AIDS Education and Training Center, and National Institute of Health.

STI Care Options During COVID-19 is another significant step towards addressing the issue. It is developed by the Denver Prevention Training Center to deliver STI (sexually transmitted infection) services while people are staying at home or in shelters due to the pandemic. It is launched specifically to help people access to care as social distancing and lockdown have made it challenging for them to seek care and treatment.

Moreover, the government is responsible for distributing informative materials produced annually by collaborating representatives of the federal government, local communities, states, community-based organizations, hospitals, service organizations, and schools. The Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP) of the DSHS reviews all the new publications, educational materials, and videos that will be used in its HIV/STD prevention activities.

The CDC is funding the National Infertility Prevention Project. It is a multi-state project that was launched around 20 years back and is still active in Texas. Through this program, the government aims to implement effective STD prevention strategies, with a special focus on reducing Chlamydia prevalence and Chlamydia-related health complications among females. Through this project, screening for Gonorrhea was made essential for sexually active people, including male partners.

The Texas Infertility Prevention Project (TIPP) is initiated in partnership with DSHS. It focuses on identifying, screening, and treating men and women who are at the highest risk of getting infected with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Under this program, infected or at-risk people are offered counseling regarding treatment options and safe sex practices. STD clinics, family planning centers, correctional facilities, maternity clinics, etc., are some of TIPP screening sites spread across the state.

References

  • Amin, R., Decesare, J.Z., Hans, J. and Roussos-Ross, K., 2017. Epidemiologic surveillance of teenage birth rates in the United States, 2006–2012. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 129(6), pp.1068-1077.
  • Barclay, T. and Rodriguez, E., 2020. These U.S. Cities Have The Highest STD Rates (Updated 2020). [online] Innerbody. Available at: https://www.innerbody.com/std-...
  • Cdc.gov, 2019. 2018 STD Surveillance Report | CDC. [online] Cdc.gov. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/ne...
  • Cdc.gov, 2019. Stds In Racial And Ethnic Minorities - 2018 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance. [online] Cdc.gov. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats1...
  • Cdc.gov, 2020. Texas – State Health Profile. [online] Cdc.gov. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/st...
  • Countyhealthrankings.org, 2016. Sexually Transmitted Infections. [online] County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Available at: https://www.countyhealthrankin...
  • Finer, L. and Zolna, M., 2016. Declines In Unintended Pregnancy In The United States, 2008–2011 | NEJM. [online] New England Journal of Medicine. Available at: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/...
  • Kff.org, 2014. Sexual Health Of Adolescents And Young Adults In The United States. [online] KFF. Available at: https://www.kff.org/womens-hea...
  • Ramirez, A., Thompson, I. and Vela, L., 2013. The South Texas Health Status Review. Springer.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services, 2016. HIV/STD Health Disparities In Texas. [online] Dshs.texas.gov. Available at: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/hiv...
  • The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, 2020. Kinder Houston Area Survey: 2020 Results. [online] The Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Available at: https://kinder.rice.edu/housto...

Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Texas

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 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.

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.

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.

How Does it Work?

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

Concerned about an STD?

Help stop the spread of STDs by knowing your status. Get tested today!