STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines in Columbia, SC
Columbia Health Center offers the following services related to the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):
STD testing, diagnosis and treatment, including:
- genital warts
- HIV (testing and diagnosis only)
- trichomoniasis (trich)
STD prevention, including:
- HPV vaccine (Gardasil)
- STD and safer sex education
STD testing, treatment, and vaccination services are available:
- On a walk-in basis: as schedule allows
- during all business hours by appointment
Here’s what you need to know about STD testing & treatment at this health center:
For testing involving urine samples, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, do not urinate or engage in sexual intercourse for one hour before testing.
Many STD tests require a genital exam.
Rapid HIV testing can be done by swabbing the inside of your mouth. The results are available in 20-30 minutes.
Counseling and confidential (private) testing for HIV are provided by trained staff who are sensitive to your needs and concerns.
Rapid HIV testing is done with a blood sample taken from a finger stick. The results are available in approximately 20-40 minutes.
Individuals ages 19 - 26 who have no health insurance and meet financial criteria may qualify for the Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program to receive the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) at no charge. Other fees may apply.
Gardasil is given as a series of doses over the course of several months, which would require you to return to the health center to get the full benefit.
Payment is expected at time of service unless other arrangements have previously been made.
Some STD testing and treatment services may be covered by your insurance. If you want to use your insurance, please be sure to bring in your insurance information at the time of your visit.