How much is STD testing, you may ask. The answer is “it could be a little, or it could be a lot.” Why is that? Because it depends on the lab, type of test, where it is purchased, how it is purchased, and whether or not there was a discount available. When people know where to go and how to get an instant discount, STD testing can be very affordable. If they don’t, they could end up paying more than 3x the necessary amount; especially if they are uninsured or decide to pay out of pocket simply to keep things confidential.
But first things first, let’s start with some initial savings. Many people think they need a doctor to order their screening for them. This is not true. People can order their own FDA approved STD testing online, have it confidentially completed by a local lab, and get fast results, generally within 24-48 hours. Skipping the doctor’s fee and ordering a test online can save a person up to $150 or more, depending on the cost of a doctor’s visit for someone paying out of pocket.
So that leads us straight to the cost of the screening and the original question: how much is STD testing? To save the most, it depends on where you go.
As stated earlier, different labs have different costs. Some popular laboratory chains can charge an uninsured patient (or someone paying out-of-pocket) up to $750 or more for a complete STD screening. It is unnecessary to pay this much. There is a network of participating STD testing clinics across the U.S. offering screenings at a much more affordable cost.
People who utilize the labs in this network can pay as little as $24 for a partial screening. The only catch (which really isn’t a catch at all) is that these tests must be ordered and prepaid online and the screening must be completed at a participating clinic. It’s a pretty streamlined process and same day testing is available. There are thousands of participating clinics conveniently located throughout the U.S.
There are several types of STD testing available at these participating clinics, including:
Hepatitis (A,B, & C)
Keep in mind that partial screenings are great, but getting a full panel test (one that screens for all of the above infections at the same time) is highly recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people who test positive for certain STD are at a higher risk for contracting others. Reports also show that people can have more than one infection at a time. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are an example of two infections that are often contracted at the same time. A full panel test will detect them as well as others.
How much is STD testing when you want a full panel test? Certainly people do not want to pay the $750+ some labs want to charge. With the right network, people should expect to pay less than a third of that. There are even online discounts available to make the cost of a full screening even more affordable.