Get affordable, private, and accessible STD tests at AFC Urgent Care Denver Locations
Millions of Americans every year experience a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and need STD tests and screenings in order to identify any sudden STDs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 2 million individuals contract either chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis annually. Many more are likely to experience other STDs and bacterial infections due to sexual activity.
Patients want a private, anonymous, and low STD testing cost with their screening, which is why AFC Urgent Care Denver locations across the city of Denver are ready to help you. We ensure that you have STD tests near you that are accessible, affordable, and most importantly, private. If you need to learn more about STD testing or our specific STD tests, please keep reading:
STD Testing at a Glance
STD testing is a relatively simple process but requires expressed consent in order to complete. When patients come in for testing, they should understand that STD testing requires some comprehensive information before testing can begin. However, once a patient is ready to test, the process is quite simple.
The three main things that patients must make clear first before their test include:
- Asking for an STD test and if you want to be tested. A patient must request the STD before they recieve it and needs to fully consent to their provider
- Consider STD testing if you have had any unprotected sex, even if you don’t have symptoms.
- Learn the differences between different STD tests and if you may need more than one.
Patients that know they are ready for a new screening should speak with any of our providers at our walk-in clinics around the city of Denver.
Should I Get Tested for STDs?
If you have symptoms of an STD, it’s important to be tested. Some common symptoms of STDs include sores on the genitals, discharge from the penis or vagina, itching, and burning during urination. But remember, many infections often do not cause any symptoms. This is because most STDs are asymptomatic, which is when a disease or infection doesn’t have any immediate physical symptoms.
Many people have sexually transmitted infections and never know it. If you’ve had sex play with another person and did not use a condom, female condom, dental dam, or other prophylactic, it’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider about STD testing. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you (and your partner) needed treatment. It’s also important to learn about ways you and your partner can protect yourselves in the future through safer sex.
How Do I Get Tested for STDs?
You must ask your health care provider to give you an STD test. Some people assume they will be tested for STDs when they have an exam for another reason, such as when a woman has a Pap test or when a man has a physical. This is not true — you will not automatically be tested for STDs. If you are seeing your health care provider for another reason and are not sure if you need an STD test, just ask. Your provider can help you decide if you need any tests, and which one(s) you may need.
There is no single test for every sexually transmitted disease — tests are specific to each infection. And some infections can be found using different kinds of tests. You and your health care provider will decide what STD tests make the most sense for you. In most cases, your provider will first ask you questions about
Your sexual practices — such as how many partners you have, whether you use condoms or other barrier methods, and what body parts are used during sex play
- Whether you have symptoms — and to describe the symptoms if you do have any
- Whether you have had symptoms in the past
- Whether you’ve ever had any STDs
- Whether you have used over-the-counter medications to treat your symptoms
- Whether your partner(s) have any STDs or symptoms of STDs
- any drug allergies you may have
- Your last period, if you’re a woman — to see if you could you be pregnant
- It is important to be honest with your healthcare provider. Your provider will be helping you make important decisions about what test(s) you may need
Need or want to get tested for STDs?
You might be wondering if and when you may need a test for any STD. You might also be wondering if your partner needs one. Or you may simply be interested in learning more about STD testing in Denver. Whatever the reason, the more information you have, the better you can protect your sexual health.
If you think you may have been exposed to an infection, getting tested for STDs is a great way to protect your sexual health. It’s also a great way to protect the health of your sex partners.
How Are STD Tests Done?
STD tests for specific diseases are similar, but some may have more components than others. While most tests require a blood sample, other STD screenings may use other methods.
It depends on which infection you may have. And some infections can be tested for in more than one way.
- Your test may include a physical exam
- Your health care provider may look at your genitals and/or your anus for any signs of an infection, such as a rash, discharge, sores, or warts. For women, this exam can be similar to a pelvic exam.
- Your provider may take a blood sample, either with a needle or by pricking the skin to draw drops of blood.
- You may be asked to urinate into a special cup. discharge, tissue, cell, or saliva sample
- Your provider will use a swab to collect samples that will be looked at under a microscope.
Sometimes a diagnosis can be made based on your symptoms and/or a physical exam. Treatment could be prescribed right away. Other times, your health care provider may need to send a sample to a lab to be tested. In that case, the results may not be available for several days or weeks.
Do People Under 18 Need Their Parents’ Permission for STD Testing?
In general, parental permission is not needed for STD testing. However, there may be certain locations where, for one reason or another, a health care provider will require parental permission or may notify a parent about testing. If you are concerned about confidentiality, ask your healthcare provider about your local laws and policies.
What types of STD tests and screenings does AFC Urgent Care Denver provide?
Below is a chart of all the STDs we test for:
|Which STD is being tested?||What’s the test?|
|Cytomega lovirus||Blood test|
|Genital Warts||Physical exam — some warts can be seen by the naked eye during a pelvic exam. A special tool called a colposcope may be used to detect warts that are too small to be seen by the naked eye.|
|Hepatitis B||Blood test|
|High Risk HPV||Test of cell samples from the cervix|
|Pelvic Inflammatory Disease|
|Pubic Lice||May be self-diagnosed based on symptoms.|
|Scabies||Based on symptoms – test of a cell sample, or biopsy if necessary|
|Trichomoniasis||Test discharge from the vagina or urethra|
How much are STD tests at AFC Urgent Care Denver walk-in clinics?
Currently, AFC Urgent Care Denver locations charge about $299 for our STD panel, but prices may vary depending upon your insurance and deductible amounts. Prices do vary but AFC Urgent Care Denver does accept most in-state insurance providers. Speak with your doctor and insurance/benefits manager if you have any questions about billing.
What can patients expect during their STD test at AFC Urgent Care Denver?
Patients at AFC Urgent Care Denver can expect to receive the best possible local STD testing services whenever they need to keep up with sexual health updates. Our clinics strive to create an efficient and comprehensive medical experience that help get your STD tests completed in a reasonable time frame with excellent service:
- Times vary, but most patients will get their STD test results back between 3-5 business days. A positive HIV test has to be tested for confirmation, which means it can take longer.
- Providers at our clinics will administer your specific tests or an STD in private rooms. Tests include confidential and private genital, urine, and blood drawings.
- Once tests are completed, our urgent care team provides referrals and additional care support to get the treatment you need.
AFC Urgent Care Denver Cherry Creek is here to help you take control of your sexual health
Any of our four AFC Urgent Care Denver clinics are:
- Walk-in friendly
- Open 7-days a week
- In-network for most Colorado insurers
- Open extended hours
- Staffed by doctors and nurses
Please use the map below to find your nearest location, and please contact our center to learn more about our walk-in clinic and AFC facilities!