Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are incredibly common in the United States, with millions upon millions of cases being discovered each year. Many common STDs are asymptomatic, meaning that they don’t always make themselves known to those who are infected. Because so many people have STDs and are unaware of them, it’s integral that sexually active individuals take action to get tested one or more times a year. But where can you find STD testing in your area?
Your Primary Care Doctor’s Office
It could be wise for you to get tested at your next visit to your primary care doctor. Many people are more comfortable speaking about their sexual health with a physician that they know and trust. It’s important, however, that you check to see whether or not your primary care doctor actually performs STD testing and how up-to-date their testing methods are. They also might not test for every STD. Have an open and honest talk with your doctor if you think you could require their assistance, but ensure that you have a plan B should they not be able to test you.
A Nonprofit Organization
There are plenty of nonprofit organizations that provide free and low-cost STD testing. Doctors at these locations will help you formulate a treatment plan if you test positive for any STDs. Do a quick Google search for nonprofits in your area to see if there are any nearby that offer STD testing!
An Urgent Care Center
Should you require immediate testing, an urgent care center is always a good option. The price of STD tests is often low and your health insurance may be willing to pay for part of or all of the STD test costs. Urgent care clinics can often perform different types of STD testing such as urine sample tests, blood tests, and more. You can often request which tests you would like and which STDs you would like to be tested for. Urgent care doctors will offer treatment options should your results come back positive. You likely won’t experience extensive wait times at an urgent care considering that, according to the Urgent Care Association, U.S. urgent cares handle an average of three patient visits every hour and 50 visits per day.
If you would feel more comfortable getting tested in the privacy of your own home, at-home testing options are available. Remote testing often comes with a higher price tag than visiting a walk-in urgent care or your primary care doctor, but it’s up to each individual to weigh the pros and cons of it. STD testing kits are generally sold online and delivered to your home. Results are usually accessible online once you’ve completed the test.
For more information about STD testing, or for care regarding sexually transmitted diseases, don’t hesitate to visit Care Station Medical Group. Our knowledgeable and caring staff will help you in an efficient manner and will be happy to answer any questions that you have.