How To Get STD Tested in Atlanta Without Visiting A Doctor

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If you suspect that you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or you just want to check your health status, there are three easy ways to get tested in Atlanta.

Below, we look at the pros and cons of each option and explain how to find them in the Atlanta metro area.

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4 Types of STD Tests Compared

The rest of this page reviews the pros and cons of each STD testing method and explains how & where to get tested.

4 TYPES OF STD TESTS COMPARED

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1. Home STD Test Kits

STD test kit - boxIf you want to get an STD test but are uncomfortable about going to a doctor, this is one of the easiest ways to get an STD test.

Home STD test kits can be especially beneficial for young adults and teenagers who may not be as bold as adults about going to a hospital for testing.

All you need to do is buy a test kit from a trusted seller, send back a sample and then wait for your results, which take around one to three days to arrive.

Pros

It’s Cheap

Most Home STD test kits range between $50 and $150. The price mostly depends on where you buy the kit and how many STDs you want to test for. 

It’s Anonymous

As long as you buy from the right place, you are assured of full anonymity

It’s really convenient

No going to a clinic or lab, you can do it all at home. 

Of course, home STD tests also have their issues.

Cons

Inaccurate results

Of the STD testing options discussed here, this is the most unreliable. False positives and false negatives are not uncommon.

In fact, the FDA warns of the risk of trusting results from a home STD testing kits.

Lack of counseling

If you test positive, there is no one to give you guidance regarding the way forward.

Where To Buy A Home STD Test

I recommend buying your at-home STD test online from Amazon.com. Most local drugstores carry some home test kits, but the selection on Amazon is the best.

 


2. Online Test Labs in Atlanta

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If the reliability of your STD test is a big concern to you, then a better alternative is getting tested by a confidential online STD test lab.

Using online labs, your privacy is guaranteed and the testing process is almost as convenient as a home test kit.

Best of all, the results are highly reliable & delivered confidentially, online.

 

The use of online STD test labs has increased greatly during the past few years due to the confidentiality and accuracy they provide.

That, and the fact that they cost significantly less than a doctor’s visit or a visit to the hospital.

Pros

Affordable

This option may bit a bit more expensive than home testing, but it is still far below what you would pay to see a doctor. Some providers will even offer to bill your insurance company for the expense.

Quick and Easy

The only time you need to set aside is a 5-minute visit to a local lab to draw a sample (confidentially). Compared with an hour-long hospital visit or an even longer trip to a free clinic, this is really convenient.

Confidential

Your identity is never revealed at any time during the process. Online labs use a code to identify you when taking a sample and when reporting results.

Accurate Results

Testing takes place in a lab of the same standard as a medical lab in a hospital. Everything is handled carefully and by experts. This ensures the accuracy of test results.

Counseling Is Available (if you need it)

Most online test providers have health experts on standby to provide counseling, should you need it.

Cons

Online test labs tend to be a little more expensive than home testing, costing between $50 and $300. It is however still a far more affordable option compared to a hospital visit.

How An Online STD Test Works

Once you buy a test online, you will be provided with an identifying code (your name is kept confidential) which you will use at a local lab to provide a blood or urine sample.

The lab visit takes a few minutes, and the results are available online within a few days.

This diagram below explains how the entire process works.

Online STD Testing Process (click to view)
Online STD Testing Process

Where To Buy an Online STD Test

The two largest online STD test labs in the United States are STDCheck and STDTestExpress:

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  • STDCheck.com (Save $10) – more than 4,000 testing centers in the country. Their STD testing process is quick and easy. Mobile-friendly website – you can order on your phone, right now.
  • STDTestExpress.com (Save 10%) – 1,000s of locations in the US. Staffed by trained health professionals. They’ll even bill your insurance company, saving you money.

3. Free STD Testing in Atlanta, CO

Free STD Test Clinic mandatory counseling
Mandatory Counseling session

The word “free” immediately makes some people think that the quality and reliability of that service cannot be high.

But that doesn’t apply here.

Free test clinics in Atlanta are just as reliable as any hospital lab test, with the advantage of being completely free.

If you are not so concerned about your identity being known and spending an hour or two in the clinic, try one of the following free STD clinics operated and funded by your local government.

Georgia Department of Public Health Fulton County – Locations

Adamsville Health Center

Address: 3700 Martin Luther king Drive, SWAtlanta, Georgia 30331
Phone: (404) 613-4215
Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm. On Tuesday closing time is extended to 7pm.

Aldredge Health Center

Address: 99 Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 612-1211
The STD clinic is open for walk in clients only from Monday to Friday.

College Park Health Center

Address: 1920 John Wesley Avenue, College Park, GA 30337
Phone: (404) 765-4155
Open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm. Tuesday’s late clinic extends to 7pm.

 


Facts About STDs in Atlanta, CO

With a large and diverse urban population, Atlanta has a large number of STD cases to deal with.

Rates of STD Infection in Atlanta (vs. the U.S. Average)
STD infection rates - Atlanta

Chlamydia

In 2014, the Chlamydia infection rate in the Atlanta metropolitan area was 466.1 per 100,000 of the population. This is a bit lower than the US average of 484 per 100,000 in the same year.

It is interesting to note that the rate for Atlanta was a huge increase from the previous year, when the infection rate was a much lower 297.5/100,000.

Gonorrhea

Unlike Chlamydia, Gonorrhea has a higher infection rate in Atlanta compared to the US average.

In 2014, the most recent year for which there is data, the Atlanta infection rate was 131.4 per 100,000 people.

This is compared to a lower 110.7 of the US average in the same year.

Gonorrhea also saw a big bump from 2013 when the infection rate was just 98.7.

Syphilis

Among all STIs, Syphilis is one of the less common in Atlanta. In 2014, the infection rate was 48.3 per 100,000. This is still significantly higher than the US average for the same year, which was at 20.1 per 100,000 of the entire population.

Syphilis has been on a slow rise in Atlanta during the last few years – the rate for 2013 was 40.9, and in 2012 it was 33.4.

HIV

Unfortunately, the Atlanta metropolitan area has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the country.

In 2013, the metro area had a HIV infection rate of 506.6. This translates into 27,993 cases for that year. This is much higher than the average of the country and almost all other metro areas.

Learn More

Learn more about your local STD testing options and locations from Fulton County health website at http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/dhw-home.