Testing for STDs is becoming more convenient as the years go on and technology evolves. For those seeking test results quickly, fast STD testing is available in more ways than one.
Many urgent care facilities offer fast STD testing and have hours that are more convenient to patients than their primary care physician. While 29% of primary care doctors are available after-hours, many patients simply cannot get to them when they need to. For this reason and more, two-thirds of urgent care centers have operating hours starting before 9:00 a.m. on weekdays. Of these urgent care clinics, 69% have wait times of 290 minutes or less.
Walk in health clinics and urgent care centers are able to service some of the less serious medical issues patients may have and have the ability to do so within a reasonable time-frame.
Many of these neighborhood health clinics offer such services as:
- Accidents and falls
- Sprains and strains
- Breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)
- Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
- Eye irritation and redness
- Fever or flu
- Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
- Severe sore throat or cough
- Minor broken bones and fractures
- Skin rashes and infections
- Urinary tract infections
- HIV and fast std testing
- health information
- Some adult immunizations including flu shots
Urgent care centers are helping to reduce the demand for healthcare services on hospitals, allowing them more time to focus on more serious medical issues quicker than they have been able to in the past. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many of the 129.8 million people who visit the emergency room each year could have been seen in an urgent care facility.
In addition to offering services for less serious conditions at a faster, more efficient rate than hospitals, urgent care costs much less than a hospital visit, saving patients money. The cost for urgent care is often similar to the price an individual would pay for a doctor’s visit, unlike the emergency room where patrons could pay more than three times that rate.
For the above reasons and more, urgent care should be your first consideration in order to save both time and money on the healthcare services you need including STD testing. Why wait for an unnecessary amount of time to simply know the state of your health when a quicker solution is closer than you think?