How To Get STD Tested in Atlanta Without Visiting A Doctor
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.
- you can buy and use a home STD test kit
- you can use an anonymous online STD test lab, or
- you can visit a free STD test clinic 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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The rest of this page reviews the pros and cons of each STD testing method and explains how & where to get tested.
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1. Home STD Test Kits
If 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.
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.
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.
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 from MyLabBox.com.
Unlike most of the cheap test kits sold on Amazon and at your local drugstore, MyLabBox is both highly accurate (because you send your sample back to a lab) and inexpensive. They also offer free consultations if you test positive – something almost no other at-home kit provider offers.
2. Online Test Labs in Atlanta
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.
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.
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.
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.
Online test labs tend to be a little more expensive than home testing, costing between $50 and $300. This is still more affordable than a hospital or doctor 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.
Where To Buy an Online STD Test
The largest provider of online lab tests in the US is STDCheck.com:
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3. Free STD Testing in Atlanta
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
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)
In 2014, the Chlamydia infection rate in the Atlanta metropolitan area was 582.6 per 100,000 of the population. This is higher than the US average of 520.1 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 334.6†/100,000.
Like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea has a higher infection rate in Atlanta compared to the US average.
In 2016, the most recent year for which there is data, the Atlanta infection rate was 204.3 per 100,000 people.
This is compared to a lower 162.2 of the US average in the same year.
Gonorrhea also saw a big bump from 2015 when the infection rate was just 113.3†.
Among all STIs, Syphilis is one of the less common in Atlanta. In 2016, the infection rate was 56.4 per 100,000. This is still significantly higher than the US average for the same year, which was at 36.7 per 100,000 of the entire population.
Syphilis has been on a slow rise in Atlanta during the last few years – the rate for 2015 was 54.4, and in 2014 it was 47.5.
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 about your local STD testing options and locations from Fulton County health website at http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/dhw-home.