Can Urgent Care Really Help Me With an STD Test?
The short answer is, yes! Many people who are looking for routine or precautionary STD tests visit urgent care facilities instead of a private practice or their primary care physician. Urgent care facilities are a great option if you are concerned that you may have contracted an STD and need to see a physician.
If you are sexually active, it is best practice for you and your partner(s) to receive regular STD tests, even if you’re both taking precautionary steps to avoid receiving and transferring STDs. Many STDs spread through body fluids, such as blood, vaginal fluids, or semen. While condoms are 98% effective in preventing transferring STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea that are spread through body fluids, they do not protect against STDs that spread from skin-to-skin contact, like genital warts, herpes, and syphilis. Some STDs hide in plain sight and do not show symptoms, so you may not know you have one. The best thing for you and your partner to do is to get tested once every three to twelve months, depending on your level of sexual activity to ensure that you are STD free.
If you have questions about STD testing and treatment, urgent care facilities can help. They are significantly less expensive than hospitals or private practices, and often have more convenient hours to meet your busy lifestyle. With urgent care facilities, you will have a better chance of being seen quickly at a time that works for your schedule than if you made an appointment with your primary care physician.