How Much Does Planned Parenthood STD Test Cost?
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Have you ever asked, “How Much Does Planned Parenthood STD Test Cost?” Well, you’re not alone. Despite the common query, there isn’t a straightforward answer about the cost on their site. Because Planned Parenthood is a network of hundreds of affiliates across the USA, each branch has different rules, services and prices. Generally, STD testing at a Planned Parenthood office in the US will carry a few different charges, including an exam fee and various lab fees. On average it’ll cost you about $180 to test for the top four STD threats. However, this number can vary widely depending on where you are, your age and household income.
Houston, we’ve got a problem…
Planned Parenthood is well recognized for providing myriad services and education to the public. Because of available subsidies for low income folks, a lot of people see it as their only affordable option for sexual health resources. But even with the positive impact it has on many, Planned Parenthood isn’t a realistic choice for most.
Location, location, location
Although Planned Parenthood has hundreds of affiliate locations across the country, even a network of this size can’t cover every square mile. Many people in rural areas don’t have access, and their options for STD testing are slim.
Testing Comparison – Lab Testing VS. myLAB Box Home Tests:
If you’ve ever planted your bare cheeks on a doctor’s cold bench while you waited for the infamous words “this might sting”, you know a typical visit to an STD clinic is the antithesis to comfort. These lovely experiences coupled with a stuffy waiting room and a chanting picket line out front does not make one rush back for seconds. Avoiding an STD test because of these drawbacks isn’t unheard of. If only there was another way…
Many branches accept insurance; however, results of STD tests paid for by insurance are available to your provider and their affiliates. That’s about as private as a glass outhouse. Ventures to the clinic also risk the ultimate breach of personal privacy. “What if I see someone I know?”
We need a hero
Luckily, there is another option for STD testing available to everyone in the country, which will get you lab certified results fast without leaving the comfort of your home. myLAB Box home STD test kits cost about the same as Planned Parenthood ($189 for our Safe Box, which tests for the top 4 risky STDs). With tests for 14 different STDs available, you can be specific or test for all fourteen at once with the Total Box ($399). You can even cover your tab with an HSA or FSA card. With myLAB Box, there’s no waiting for a phone call with results, panicking at every missed call. The secure, online patient portal allows you to access your results from anywhere–and share them only with those you choose.
Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA
 For a comparison of prices, see the prices chart at https://www.mylabbox.com/about/how-it-works/
 This map shows all Planned Parenthood affiliated health centers. Heisler EJ, Elliott VL. Factors Related to the Use of Planned Parenthood Affiliated Health Centers (PPAHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Congressional Research Service. 2017; page 21
 A study found that one reason people avoid testing is they feel uncomfortable exposing their privates.
 Even homeless people are more likely to be tested if the test is brought to them instead of having to go to the test.