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What You Need to Know About STD Testing at Urgent Care

If you’re sexually active, getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases/infections (aka STDs or STIs) is crucial to your overall health. Teens and those under 25 are especially at risk for contracting STDs but anyone who is sexually active is at risk.

What many people don’t know is that you’re not limited to specialty clinics for STD testing – in fact, you can just walk into most urgent care centers for STD testing at any time.

The statistics are shocking. It’s estimated that one in two sexually active people will contract an STD by age 25. And every year, 19.7 million new cases of STDs are reported every year in the US. 

Here’s a rundown on the statistics behind the 7 most common STDs:

 

NAME CASES PER YEAR TRANSMISSION CURE?
 

HPV

 

14M+

Vaginal, anal, or oral sex, and skin-to-skin contact No cure, but usually clears on its own
 

Chlamydia

 

3M+

 

Vaginal, anal, or oral sex

 

 

Antibiotics (usually azithromycin or doxycycline)

 

Trichomonasis

 

1M+

Penis to vagina or vagina to vagina contact  

Antibiotics (metronidazole)

 

Genital Herpes

Approx. 800,000 Contact with effected area No cure, but can be managed
 

Syphilis

 

Approx. 55,000

 

Vaginal, anal, or oral sex

Antibiotics (doxycycline, tetracycline, ceftriaxone, azithromycin, penicillin in late-stages or if pregnant).
Gonorrhea 800,000+ Vaginal, anal, or oral sex Antibiotics (dual therapy with ceftriaxone and azithromycin)
HIV 41,000+ Bodily fluid contact No cure, but can be managed

 

Take note of the fact that some diseases only require skin-to-skin contact, or that some are incurable… So what’s the best thing you can do for your health if you’re sexually active? First and foremost, always use protection. And second, get tested!

Urgent Care STD Testing Procedure

Even if you don’t have any symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, it’s a good idea to get tested if you’ve had unprotected sex. Even if it is just a home test kit to start, before going in for a confidential test at walk-in clinics, knowledge is power. Also, if you do use protection but have multiple partners, it’s a good idea to get tested as well, for your peace of mind.

STD testing at urgent care is just like getting tested in any other clinical setting. Your medical provider first evaluates you for symptoms that may suggest STD infection, and then runs tests based on what he/she finds during his examination. Usually, your provider will draw blood or take a urine test to send to a lab. In other cases, the provider will use a swab to collect a sample from the effected area. In most cases, a physical exam is required, which will include a pelvic exam for females. 

Another reason why testing in a clinical setting is positive is that keen medical records are being kept and a paper trail is being built. In today’s world of electronic medical records and other emerging advancing medical technology, having a history of the disease and it’s spread may really come into play in how humans battle sexually transmitted diseases.

When is it a good idea to get tested for STDs at urgent care?

  • Any time after you have unprotected sex, you should get tested 1-2 weeks after and then again 90 days later
  • If you exhibit any symptoms of STDs (colored discharge, burning sensation while urinating, etc)
  • Annually if you’re a woman under 25 (specifically for chlamydia; during a well-woman visit)
  • Annually if you’re sexually active and not in a mutually monogamous relationship
  • Pregnant women, who may or may not be experiencing symptoms, should be tested for chlamydia and syphilis, regardless of their sexual history.

Cost of STD Test at Urgent Care

It’s impossible to say exactly how much an STD test will cost, as your co-pay fluctuates depending on insurance. The total co-pay will also be determined by how many tests you need outside of the initial consultation.

On average, most pay between $50-100 for initial testing if your insurance is accepted with your medical provider. Even if you do not have insurance, the maximum price would be around $250 – a nominal fee in the scope of it all!

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