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Alabama

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STD Testing Alabama

Local State Testing Blurb:
Alabama STD Testing provides fast results, ensures patient confidentiality and is cost effective. At any of the facilities located around the state, you can get tested at your own convenience.
No appointments necessary
Same-day testing
Quick: 20 minutes or less
Nine available STD tests
Results: private and password protected
Testing includes treatment for treatable STDs or referral service
Affordable: testing starts at $30

About State Testing:
STD testing in the state of Alabama is fast, easy and accurate thanks to STD Test Express. We stand by our goals of making care affordable while maintaining the privacy of our clients. Across the state, tests are FDA-approved and on par with the quality of those used in hospitals and doctors' offices. On-staff physicians are available to prescribe medication to treat chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. Since testing centers and labs in Alabama provide a wide range of medical services, they do not imply that a patient is there to be screened or treated for STDs . Procedures may also be paid with cash for those seeking anonymity.

Currently in Alabama, there are disparities among young people and minorities, who are at a higher risk of getting an STD. This is an issue that is being addressed by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Division of Sexually Transmitted DIsease Prevention and Control.

The National STD Hotline provides assistance from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are also free phone consultations with on-staff physicians at clinics available.

State STD Morbidity Data:
The ADPH reported that there were 29,356 chlamydia infections, 9,042 gonorrhea infections and 747 syphilis infections in 2011. Alabama health officials also reported 9,738 HIV cases that transitioned to AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s through December 2008. The CDC provided the state with $3,612,477 for HIV prevention programs and support.

Alabama's STD & HIV Infection Ranking
HIV: 22nd highest among 50 states
Chlamydia: 4th highest among 50 states
Gonorrhea: 4th highest among 50 states
Syphilis: 2nd highest among 50 states

Undiagnosed STDs can increase an individual's risk of HIV and other potentially serious conditions, such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. With effective and early screening using either blood or urine, some STDs can be effectively treated, which may help prevent the spread of infection. Individuals who choose to visit state testing centers are encouraged to routinely screen for gonorrhea and chlamydia, the two most common STDs. 

State STD Testing Centers:
These facilities provide diagnostics for a variety of conditions and reasons, so no one will guess what you're doing there. Test results are exclusively private and don't appear on insurance reports.

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