Pros and Cons of Free Lab Testing for STDs
Pro: Very affordable
Public STD testing centers were designed to be accessible to everyone in the community, so tests are available for free or at low-cost.
Con: Less anonymity
Many public testing locations are centered around STD testing, so it’s not much of a secret as to why you’re there.
Con: Social stigma
It may be difficult for some individuals to simply walk through the doors as some public STD testing centers have gained a negative social reputation within the community.
Pro: Awareness of sexual health status
Getting tested at a public health center means you have the benefit of being aware of what is going on with your body, gaining peace of mind and power over your own wellbeing.