Free STD Testing

No cost, no hassle, right? Not so fast. Free STD testing often comes with a price, and we're not just talking about money.

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Is Free STD Testing Worth It?

When it comes to your sexual health, “free” isn’t always what it seems. In fact, that attention-grabbing price tag (or lack thereof) might be hiding some serious costs—costs that could put your well-being and peace of mind at risk.

Here’s the true cost of free STD testing:

  • Long Waits: Free STD testing clinics are busy, leading to notoriously long wait times. It’s not uncommon to waste your whole day sitting in a waiting area.
  • Lack of Privacy: Free clinics commonly only offer STD testing. If you’re seen there, it’s obvious why you’re visiting—no more privacy about your sexual health.
  • Awkward Test Visits: Before testing, staff at free clinics often ask a series of uncomfortable questions about your sexual history and partners.
  • Slow Results: Free clinics lack the lab partnerships to process results quickly. Your test will be just one-of-many in the batch, and it may take 1-2 weeks to get results.
  • Not Necessarily Free: “Free” testing may require a donation or only cover testing for certain STDs, not a full panel.
  • Less Reliable Tests: To cut costs, some free clinics use cheaper, older-generation STD tests, which have higher rates of inaccurate results.
  • Limited STD Coverage: Free testing often focuses only on STDs with serious public health consequences (like HIV.) It’s challenging to find free testing for infections like gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis or herpes.

At Priority STD, we get it. Price is a real concern, especially when you’re already dealing with the stress and uncertainty of a possible infection. But here’s the thing: when it comes to your sexual health, you can’t afford to cut corners.

You deserve better. You deserve care that puts your needs first. That’s where we come in. Our goal is to restore your peace of mind by giving you a fast, easy, and completely private experience. We only use the most accurate testing methods available so you can feel confident in whatever results you receive.

Medically reviewed by Hilary Davidson Medical Writer
Reviewed on 11/02/2019
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The Priority STD Difference

Convenient Locations

While locations for free STD testing can be few and far between, Priority has a number of convenient locations across the US, so you never have to travel far to get to your nearest testing location.

Because when you’re already stressed about the possibility of having an STD, you don’t want to drive halfway across the state just to get tested.

You want something close and accessible, something that works well for you and your schedule. Priority STD makes the testing process as easy and convenient as possible—including not having to go out of your way to find easy, affordable, and accessible tests.

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