Anybody who engages in sexual acts knows that getting an STD test is not what one wants to be doing. However, it’s a part of life in order to stay healthy. Despite the testing that’s available, there is an increase in sexually transmitted disease rates across the nation.
Most people don’t know they have an STD, which is leading to the spread of these diseases. If untreated, it can result in serious health problems, which is why it’s important people get over their anxiety and get tested.
If you’re going to get tested for STDs, you need to know where to go, what you can expect and what to ask for when you arrive.
Where To Go For STD Testing
The first place a person can get tested is their family doctor or ob-gyn. However, there are also state health departments, a community health clinic of a Planned Parenthood facility that can test individuals. A good number of urgent care clinics or walk-in medical offices will do STD testing without an appointment.
- A person who feels they will test positive for an STD should see their own doctor, as the doctor can do the follow-up care and write a prescription once the test is back.
- People who have symptoms can go to any medical facility or doctor’s office, which allows the doctor to treat symptoms while waiting on tests.
- If a person is just looking to know what their STD status is, any above location will do just fine.
It can take weeks – depending on the STD test taken – to learn what a person’s status is. It’s important to ask how long it will take to get the results back and to protect yourself during this time.
What Do You Need To Ask For
Rather than just asking for an STD screening, inform the doctor which STD test you want. He standard STD panel for each office or testing facility can be different, which is why you need to tell them what STD you have in mind such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, HPV, hepatitis, herpes, etc.
Let your doctor know what risk factors you have, so they can get an idea of what test to order.
How Much Will You Pay
STD screening costs can vary based on where you’re tested, the STD tests your health insurance plan will pay for and the tests you actually get. Planned Parenthood and similar clinics offer a sliding scale fee based on your budget. If your income is low enough, you could get testing for free. If you’re unsure of what your insurance will pay for, be sure to call them before getting tested. You can also find out what clinics accept your particular health insurance.