How Much Does STD Testing Cost Without Insurance?

By Arielle Mitton
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February 14, 2022

Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI).

While some STDs and STIs may be asymptomatic, they can be serious if left untreated. Sexual active adults should consider getting regular STI testing as part of your routine health plan. 

Getting tested can be confusing and sometimes expensive, especially without health insurance. In this article, I’ll go over the costs of getting an STI test from various providers without insurance.

I’ll outline some potential additional costs with STI testing, and tell you if you can be tested at home. I’ll talk about symptoms of some STIs, the most common infections, and when you should get tested.

Cost of STI and STD Testing Without Insurance

There are a variety of ways to get STD testing without insurance, from labs to at-home tests.

The options vary in price depending on the source and the specific test.

Below is a breakdown of common sources for STD testing and the average cost of the service.  

Test Source:Cost:What test is for:
Fastmed$149 to $739Options for Rapid HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis
CityMD$730Rapid HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B and C, Herpes, Syphilis, Trichomonas
Planned Parenthood$130 to $270 depending on location & income (they bill on a sliding scale)Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis
QuestDirect$29 to $379Options for Syphilis test, HIV tests, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia as individual tests. Full STD panel option for $379. 
LetsGet Checked$99 to $249Basic option for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Complete option includes Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HIV, syphilis, gardnerella, mycoplasma, ureaplasma  
Mylab Box$59 to $299Options for rapid UTI testing, Hepatitis B & C, HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Mycoplasma Genitalium, HPV.
Everlywell $149Measures Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis, HSV-2 & Trichomoniasis

Free and low-cost testing options are also available, depending on where you live. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a database of locations that you can search by your zip code at the GetTested site. 

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Additional Costs Associated With STD Testing

There are often unforeseen additional costs that can occur with an STD screening.

These include office visit costs, lab fees, and treatments you may need after reviewing your results. These can range from $40-$730. 

Can You Get an STD Test at Home? 

Yes. There are a variety of home STD testing kits available on the market.

With this type of test, the individual is responsible for taking the sample themselves, which may be by a genital swab or a finger prick for a blood sample, depending on test type.

Using a special kit, you can collect urine or swab your genitals and then send your sample(s) to a lab for diagnostic testing. Some common at-home STD test vendors include Everlywell, Mylab Box, and LetsGetChecked. 

Are they accurate?

In general, at-home tests are considered accurate. Some at-home STD tests say they’re about 92% accurate or better, which is similar to lab test results.

In populations that otherwise might not go for testing at all, do not have the option of clinical testing, or who refuse a clinical examination, self-collected screening is considered a good alternative.

At-home tests are also known for generating a higher-than-average rate of false-positive test results.

If you use an at-home kit and test positively for an STD (or test negative but still believe you have cause for concern), call your doctor or healthcare provider to obtain confirmatory testing and, if needed, to obtain treatment.

It is important that you read and follow the directions carefully to make sure you collect the sample correctly.

Symptoms of STDs

Depending on the type of STD, there are a variety of symptoms that you may experience. They range from mild to severe.

They also can vary depending on the gender of the individual patient. Remember, sometimes a person can be infected with an STD and show no symptoms.

Some symptoms of common STDs include: 

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginal discharge in women, discharge from the penis in men
  • Pain during sexual intercourse in women
  • Thick, cloudy or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
  • Anal itching
  • Several warts close together that take on a cauliflower shape
  • Itching or discomfort in your genital area
  • Bleeding with intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods in women
  • Testicular pain in men

When to Get Tested

If you are sexually active, especially with multiple sexual partners, routine testing may be a good idea, regardless of whether you’re presenting symptoms.

According to the CDC, testing should be done annually, or every 3-5 months for those engaging in riskier behaviors. 

Most Common STDs

There are a variety of STDs, but some of the most common include:

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If you receive positive test results, it is important to seek medical attention. Certain STDs, like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, can be treated with a course of antibiotics.

Early detection can prevent you from spreading it to others, and may also prevent serious complications.  

If insurance is a concern, at-home tests can be helpful options, or there are a variety of local clinics that may offer services at a discounted price. Testing can even be free.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a database of locations with low-cost or free testing that you can search by your zip code at the GetTested site. 

Students attending universities can often access inexpensive STD testing on their campuses.

And your local Planned Parenthood center, where a variety of services to help you care for your sexual health are offered, usually prices STD testing on a sliding scale based on your monthly income. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are STD tests out of pocket?
STD testing without insurance can cost from $25 to more than $730. Free or low-cost testing can be found through the CDC’s “GetTested” site.
Are STD tests expensive?
Depending on what tests are being performed, the tests can be expensive. Additional fees, like lab fees and visit fees, may not be part of the list price.
Where can I get an STD test done for free?
Free STD testing is often available at various clinics in your city from the state health department. To find the lowest-cost clinic options in your area, search “STD testing near me,” or “free STD testing near me” to see your options. You can also search a database of free and low-cost testing centers by zip code at the CDC’s “GetTested” site.

K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Arielle Mitton

Dr. Mitton is a board certified internal medicine physician with over 6 years of experience in urgent care and additional training in geriatric medicine. She completed her trainings at Mount Sinai Hospital and UCLA. She is on the board of the Hyperemesis Research Foundation to help women suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

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