3 Reasons to Use Urgent Care Centers for STD Testing
One of the best qualities of urgent care centers is their overall versatility. Urgent care clinics are capable of diagnosing, treating, and testing for a variety of different ailments and conditions, which is a big part of why they’ve grown exponentially over recent years despite being around since the 1970s. One of the areas more and more people are turning to urgent care facilities for is sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing.
STD testing is an incredibly important function in today’s society. Whether you morally agree or not, sexual activity and experimentation happen at increasingly younger ages. That being said, an STD can be caught at any age and should be monitored by everyone who’s sexually active. The best way to do that is, of course, through regular testing.
Here are three reasons to consider an urgent care center for your next STD test.
- Convenient and Accessible: Any argument for any of the over 6,800 urgent care centers in the U.S. — according to the Urgent Care Association of America — has to start with convenience. That’s essentially why these institutions were created, to provide convenient access to people in lieu of crowded hospitals and busy doctor’s offices.
Whether it’s a routine STD check or for something specific, you’re going to want to be able to get it done when you want. Most urgent care centers are even open late for even more opportunities to fit into your schedule.
- Discrete and Private: While receiving medical tests should never be something to be embarrassed about, it’s understandable for some people to feel uncomfortable when it comes to STD tests. Urgent care offers safe and secure testing in an environment free of your primary care physician, family/friends who might share the same doctor, and many other factors that might make you apprehensive of getting it done. Putting off such a test out of embarrassment is not a wise decision, but urgent care gives you a reliable alternative.
- Affordable and Available: If convenience is the number one benefit of walk in style care, the price tag has to be a close second. A trip to the emergency room will cost, on average, about $1,500. Urgent care visits, on the other hand, tend to cost around $150. In addition, as previously mentioned, the hours are much more open and available than other traditional facilities.
No matter your situation, urgent care is a great place to get this kind of important testing anytime you need.