Many ask us about free STD tests. Below, you will find more information about free testing options. However, it may be better to consider a paid alternative, one which may be covered by your health insurance (make sure to ask).
Can I get a free STD test?
The simple is answer is that it depends. Yes, there are free tests for sexually transmitted diseases. However, there may be eligibility requirements, limited testing options, or difficulty in securing the tests that you need. For example, here is a page from the New York City Department of Health. The information on the website is not quite clear, but after some additional research we believe that these clinics offer free tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The downside is that the patients are served on a first come, first serve basis, and there are a limited number of tests each day.
A similar search for free testing services in Chicago, Illinois yields similar results. Again, the tests are free but are given on a first come, first serve basis.
Can I trust free STD tests?
Typically, free tests are offered through the government, schools, or other highly reputable sources. In the two examples above, the tests are offered through the cities of New York and Chicago respectively. You can trust the reliability of these tests. Make sure that you recognize the organization offering the free tests.
How can I find free testing options where I live?
Here are a few options to consider:
- Visit the CDC’s website and use the “Find an STD testing site near you” feature. Select a free option.
- Visit your local government’s website.
- Consult with your health care provider.