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STD Testing & Treatment

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact.

Many STDs have no symptoms, so people who are infected may not know they have an STD and unknowingly spread the infection to their partner. Lack of information, misconceptions and social stigma may keep people from getting tested.

Why It's Important to Get Tested

The good news is we can protect ourselves and each other from STDs. Practicing safer sex allows you to reduce your risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases. Also if you've done anything that puts you at risk of infection, getting tested allows you to get any treatments you may need.

Currently, St. Louis has the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that half of the 20 million new cases of STDs each year occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24. Make sure both you and your partner get tested before having sex, and use protection each and every time.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Should you get tested for STDs?

Should you get tested for STDs?

How do you know if you have an STD? There’s only one way — you have to get tested. How do they test for STDs? Here’s the good news: STD testing is usually quick and painless. Get answers to all your questions about how to get tested for STDs.

STI Test Results

STI test results can take between five and 10 days. If you have testing done at Planned Parenthood, we’ll contact you ONLY if your results are positive. If this is the case, we’ll give you a call to ask you to come back for follow up. Planned Parenthood does not contact patients if the results are negative. Patients can view negative results in the Patient Portal. If you want to confirm a negative result or want a copy for your records, please call the health center or stop by for a copy.

With HIV testing, results can take seven to 10 business days. If you choose to do rapid HIV testing, results can take as little as 20 minutes.

How to Talk about STD Testing

How to Talk about STD Testing

Scared to talk about STD testing with your partner? We've got your back. Learn how STD testing works, and how to talk to your partner about getting tested to stay safe and healthy.