Free STD Testing in Wisconsin

Wisconsin recurrently features among the states with the bottommost prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. This trend essentially tracks with the growing national STDs rates. However, the state’s low rates of common STDs are at risk of being undone because of the recent spike in chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis cases.

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Labcorp

No Appointment Required

4931 S 27th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221

Tel: 4142815975


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

5631 W Lincoln Ave, West Allis, Wisconsin 53219

Tel: 4145453287


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.

Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

2600 N Mayfair Rd, Ste 890, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226

Tel: 4142584717


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.

Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

10117 74th St Ste 110, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53142

Tel: 2626974252


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.

Quest Diagnostics

No Appointment Required

4852 S 6th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221

Tel: 4144834660


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.

Sauk County Health Department Sauk County West Square Building

Local Reproductive Health Resource List and Express Enrollment in BadgerCare+ Family Planning Only Services. Voucher program available for people without insurance. Must meet 200% poverty level. If someone is exposed to TB, it's free of cost. Free condoms available...

505 Broadway St, Ste 372, Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913

Tel: (608) 355-3290

Tel: (608) 355-4329


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Washburn County Health Department

304 2nd St, Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871

Tel: (715) 635-4400

Tel: (715) 635-4416


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Medication Adherence Education and Counseling
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Manitowoc County Health Department

Hepatitis testing for uninsured only. Services are also offered in Hmong.

1028 S 9th St, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

Tel: (920) 683-4155


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Donations Accepted
  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee
  • • Free Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Free Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Free TB Testing

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Calumet County Health Department Chilton Clinic

206 Court St, Chilton, Wisconsin 53014

Tel: (920) 849-1432

Tel: (920) 849-1476


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Fees & Payment Information

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

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Juneau County Health Department

200 Hickory St, Mauston, Wisconsin 53948

Tel: (608) 847-9373


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing

Care Services Offered

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

Prevention Services Offered

  • • TB Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin?

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 Wisconsin?

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?

Getting tested for STDs should be a vital aspect of your sexual health maintenance. Chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea are mostly asymptomatic diseases. This means you may not feel any symptoms while being infected and can transmit it to other individuals.

If left untreated, these infections can cause infertility issues, particularly in females. The three common STDs mentioned above can drastically increase your chances of contracting another deadly infection, HIV.

There’s nothing to worry about STDs testing as generally, the tests are performed quickly, and you only have to provide a swab in the mouth or urine sample. The tests are non-invasive and don’t require any needles. Hence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is necessary for every sexually active person, whether male or female, heterosexual or bisexual and members of the LGBT community to get themselves screened for common STDs annually. There’s an extensive network of STD testing clinics in Wisconsin, including private and public facilities, where you can easily get tested.

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Government Initiatives

The Wisconsin STD Program is the state’s primary initiative for managing statewide public health response to prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases. The program also administers the operations of public STD clinics in the state.

In Wisconsin, STDs testing clinics are monitored for offering expedited partner therapy, free or low-cost testing and treatment options, and allow an individual’s sex partner to be tested together and get notified about their health status at the same time. Furthermore, the state’s program offers free condoms as well as some forms of birth control. The state also collaborates with Partner Services to extensively aid people in dealing with STDs, offer them guidance, and even notify the infected individual’s sex partner to get tested and check their sexual health status.

The Wisconsin STD Control Section is responsible for coordinating with Partner Services, most of which are provided by local health departments. As per the local law, certain STDs must be reported to the local health authorities or to the Division of Public Health/DPH. Moreover, Wisconsin’s law also requires local health departments and DPH to follow up on reportable STDs. Anyone who tests positive for STDs that the state has declared as reportable will receive free-of-cost partner services.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is funded by the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health under a cooperative agreement. The DPI uses the funds to help and support schools and districts in delivering exemplary sexual health education with sufficient emphasis on HIV and other STD prevention strategies. Moreover, the department strives to increase adolescent access to key sexual health services as well as ensures students and staff live in safe and supportive environments.

STD Statistics in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s rate of STDs is fairly low compared to the overall national rates. For instance, the state’s chlamydia cases relative to its population size puts Wisconsin in the lower half of the country regarding chlamydia prevalence. Reportedly, the state’s chlamydia cases rate is 8% lower than the overall national rate. Though Wisconsin ranks 30th among all the 50 states after population-adjusted rates of chlamydia, it has steadily observed a spike in chlamydia since 2014. Between 2007 and 2017, the state’s chlamydia rates have increased by over 30%. In 2007, the total number of chlamydia cases in Wisconsin was 354/100,000 people. In 2008, the rate jumped slightly to 368. By 2015, it had crossed 425. In 2016, the state reported 470 cases, and in 2017 it reached 485/100,000 people.

Wisconsin ranked 33rd in the country for its population-adjusted gonorrhea rate in 2018-2019, with a rate that’s around 20% lower than the overall national gonorrhea rates. However, gonorrhea has become slightly more prevalent in the state as the number of cases has risen every year since 2014. In 2014, the state reported 72 cases per 100,000 people. This number increased to 93 in 2015. In 2016, it crossed 115, and in 2017 the total number of gonorrhea cases was 135/100,000 population.

Regarding syphilis, the state has the 5th-lowest population-adjusted infection rate in the country. In fact, its rate is about a third of the overall U.S. level. Despite that, the rate of primary/secondary syphilis remained relatively low before 2014.

Since 2016, the rates have almost doubled. In 2012, the state reported 1.6 cases/100,000 people, the following year, the state had 1.8 primary/secondary syphilis cases, in 2014 and 2015, the state reported 1.5 cases, but in 2016, this number suddenly increased to 2.4 cases/100,000 people and in 2017, around 3 cases were reported in the state. Still, in all midwestern states, Wisconsin reported the second-lowest rate of primary/secondary syphilis.

In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee metro area accounts for the largest chunk of reportable STDs cases and ranks higher among all U.S. cities affected with different STDs. Regarding chlamydia, Milwaukee accounted for one-third of all cases in 2017. The area had the 4th highest chlamydia rate of any central metro area in the country with 1,148 cases/100,000 people, followed by the Menominee area with 1.006 cases.

Over sixty percent of Wisconsin’s gonorrhea cases were diagnosed among people living in the Milwaukee area. In contrast, the greater Milwaukee area reported the 2nd highest gonorrhea rate in all major US metro areas. Furthermore, over half of all syphilis cases in the state were diagnosed among Milwaukee residents.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

In Wisconsin, there has been a 44% increase in syphilis cases, 37% increment in gonorrheal infection rates, and a 12% increase in chlamydia cases over the past five years, stated executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, David Harvey.

As per the 2017 STD surveillance data shared by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, females accounted for the most number of cases in Wisconsin during 2017 compared to males with 63% and 37% of all reported STD cases, respectively. Males, conversely, accounted for the highest number of syphilis cases, with more than 80% of all cases in 2017, while females reported 68% of all chlamydia cases in Wisconsin. The scenario wasn’t as varied regarding gonorrheal infection rate as females accounted for 48% of all cases while males reported 52% of all reported gonorrhea cases.

The worst affected age group for all STDs in Wisconsin during 2017 was the 20-24-year-olds with 36% of all reported cases across the state (3,250 cases), followed by 15-19 age group with 26% of all cases (2,299), and the 25-29 age group reported 19% of all cases (1,735).

As far as ethnic minorities are concerned, whites reported the highest STD morbidity rate with 39.6% and 14,055 cases, African-Americans’ morbidity rate was 32.2% with 11,417, and Asian/Pacific Islanders reported 1.4% of all STD-related morbidity rates with 486 cases.

In total, the state reported 35,470 STDs cases in 2017. African-Americans were the most at-risk population group regarding reportable STDs with 3,143 cases, followed by American Indians with 728 cases, and Asian Pacific Islanders were the third most impacted group with over 390 cases in 2017.

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Frequently asked questions about STD tests in Wisconsin

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

How Does it Work?

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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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