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Teeny tiny rant: STD testing
By tiny_dancer4875
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 02:14 PM

Ok so we are always told how important it is to be tested for STDs between partners. So today I decided that it was time to be safe and look into it. Planned parenthood informed me that to be tested for HIV plus a few others (I think syphillis and ghonnorea (sp?)) would cost about $350 USD and is most likely NOT covered by insurance. How the heck is a person supposed to get tested as often as recommended with prices like that?

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re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing
By Heartmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 02:31 PM
Never tell PP you have insurance or else they will charge you as if you do. Will your doctor's office cover it?

And yeah - unless you're seeing something unseemly down there, it doesn't really make sense to get tested. I did a work-up a few months back just because, and they only tested for syphilis and gonorrhea - and then AIDS, only because I asked for it. I asked about all the other diseases - herpes for example - and they said they didn't test unless there was a sore or something. It's pretty much a waste of money. Though syphilis & gonorrhea are included in your annual if you go to PP.
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By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 03:15 PM
Yeah, with PP, you wanna give them as little information as possible. I made the mistake of telling them I lived with my boyfriend, so I got charged based on HIS income, rather than based on mine. To put that in perspective, he's an engineer, I was in school at the time. So obviously, quite a bit of difference. I asked if all the seventeen year olds that went in got charged based on what their mom and dad made, but that didn't seem to make my case.

Do you have insurance?

Also, do you have a department of health near you? Mine doesn't do stuff like this, but the one in my moms county does exams, basic STD testing, and perscribes the pill. So check that route out as well.
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By IrishDancingNerdmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 04:28 PM
Not to hijack, but Theresa--

I may have to go to PP soon because I won't have my school insurance anymore (graduating). I know you said to give them as little info as possible, and so have a lot of other threads, but what do you do when/if they ask? Lie? I just know I'd panic in that situation, so being prepared and knowing what to say or do would help...
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By Anon1234567890member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 04:30 PM
I don't need to, but I would get STD testing for free on the NHS, same as we get BC for free :D
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By Meganmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 04:55 PM
My doctor just does it with my Pap smear every year, but where I live, I don't pay for those kind of things.
re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing
By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:30 PM
IrishDancingNerd wrote:

Not to hijack, but Theresa--

I may have to go to PP soon because I won't have my school insurance anymore (graduating). I know you said to give them as little info as possible, and so have a lot of other threads, but what do you do when/if they ask? Lie? I just know I'd panic in that situation, so being prepared and knowing what to say or do would help...


Do you live with mom and dad? Because the people at my PP at least seemed to be a little more gracious on their sliding scale when it came to people that lived with mom and dad (the lady sort of dropped that hint when I threw in the argument about kids that live with mom and dad).

So either you live with your mom, or you're just a single white female, livin' alone, needin' some birth control. You don't have insurance, nothin'.
re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing
By amichelle523member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:04 PM
Are you in college? If so, definitely try your health center. It varies, but they're usually pretty cheap.

Otherwise, I would check out your next closest PP, and well...fib. I know that's straight up shady, but our health care here is so screwed up, it's really the best we can do. I hate doing it, but it really, truly is the only thing I can do. Also, some non-profit organizations (including the PP when I lived in a more urban area) would have free HIV testing once a month, so check into that.
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By pokomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 07, 2010 01:20 AM
or just move to Australia where most of it is covered under medicare...

My GP does mine every 6 months with my pap smear (I know it's usually every year to two years, but due to my frequent UTI's and Kidney infections, I have to get them more often) and doesn't charge me for either.
re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing
By irish_dancer_82
On Wed Dec 08, 2010 07:26 AM
I feel you! I live in the Netherlands, and everybody is obliged to have an insurance here.
The thing is: every year it gets more and more expensive, with a higher own risk amount (an amount you pay when using your insurance, except GP and specialists; makes me wonder why I pay insurance....) and less and less coverage.
The thing is, with this own risk thingy: if you get antibiotics or tests or whatever, you pay for it yourself (up to 165 euro, vereything over is covered :S)
So I decided, with my new lover, to both take a test; it's included but thanks to the own risk, I still have to cough up 114 euro...so much for trying to make people more STD aware and getting tested!!!
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By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Dec 08, 2010 07:44 AM
or just move to Australia where most of it is covered under medicare...



I've been on medicare before, and medicare covers it, but you have to be B.R.O.K.E. to get medicare in the states. Your income for a family of one to get medicare can't be more than like, $8,000 for the year. It's pretty hard to get.
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By reel_faerie85member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Dec 08, 2010 07:54 AM
God bless the NHS otherwise I would be skint .... our tests are free as is BC like Louise said...in-fact most treatments are free (excepting cosmetic surgery unless you can prove you are changing something because it is impacting your life, and I think gastric bands are only covered so far).

Yikes I would freak if someone wanted me to pay that amount of money!
re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing (karma: 3)
By Heartmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Dec 09, 2010 04:12 PM
Yes, because replies like "Oh I don't know, but in my country it's free, HAHA sucks to be you!" are sooo helpful. Thanks, we're well aware. Do we really have to have four replies saying the same thing?
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By think_pinkmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Dec 09, 2010 04:52 PM
That must be annoying! At a lot of unis in the UK they pay people to get tested just to reach their targets. They didn't pay the person directly but they'd give £5 to your uni sports team for every person to get tested. I even did a chlamydia test on a night out once and you got a free drink in return. I know that's not helpful to you.. just thought it's funny what the NHS does to reach targets.
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By Munkensteinmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Dec 09, 2010 05:53 PM
Isn't Medicare in Australia like NHS in England? Or have I learned that wrong.

In the US, Medicare is for folks of a certain age and Medicaid is for low income families...right?

I just want to make sure I know what I'm talking about, haha.

OP, yeah, with PP sometimes you have to tell a story...thankfully I'm on an insurance plan right now that covers my appointment/BC prescription, but my previous insurance didn't. I kind of had to fib and felt bad but I was desperate. :?
re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing
By xBallet_babex
On Thu Dec 09, 2010 08:24 PM
Won't whether or not your test is covered by insurance depend on your insurance plan and yearly deductible and stuff? I know my company has a few options and some cover annual exams completely, but just one per year. Plans can vary a lot!
re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing (karma: 1)
By Dancing_B
On Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:55 PM
You could donate blood? They test blood for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis before they give it to anyone. If they find anything in your blood, they have to contact you. At least it's free and you can help others in the process? Of course, it doesn't test for Gonorrhea or Herpes etc, but it's a start???
re: Teeny tiny rant: STD testing
By JackC
On Fri Dec 10, 2010 09:10 PM
Yeah, that really seems to be an issue. Isn't there some sort of clinic which you could go to?

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