Confidential STD Testing Questions and Answers
Visit Medallus Urgent Care for discreet and confidential sexually transmitted disease screening. For more information please call us. We serve patients from Jamestown ND, Bloom ND, Parkhurst ND, Midway ND, Buchanan ND, Ypsilanti ND and Spiritwood ND.
While testing for sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs or STIs) is often a routine part of healthy sexual activity, it is still a very private and personal matter. As such, while we encourage regular STD testing for anyone who is sexually active, we also understand and respect your desire to maintain privacy regarding your test and the results. That is why we are proud to offer STD testing at Medallus Urgent Care that is entirely safe and confidential. Our medical professionals would be happy to provide this service to you at Medallus Urgent Care.
Where can I get tested for STDs?
There are several places you can go to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease or infection, including various urgent care clinics, primary care clinics, and hospital labs. If you are not affiliated with a primary care physician (PCP) or would like to receive same-day STD testing, an urgent care clinic is likely your best option, as they accept walk-in appointments while primary care clinics typically require appointments to be made in advance and cannot always guarantee same-day appointments. While hospital labs also accept walk-in appointments, their services are often more expensive than those at urgent care clinics. With that in mind, if you are looking for an urgent care clinic that provides confidential STD testing in Jamestown, North Dakota, we welcome you to come to Medallus Urgent Care! You can find us at 721A 1st Ave South in Jamestown, ND.
Can my regular doctor do STD testing?
While many primary care doctors can provide testing for sexually transmitted diseases, there are several reasons why your doctor may not. As such, it is best to ask your primary care doctor directly if they provide STD testing and when they find it appropriate to do so. Some reasons why a primary care doctor may not provide STD testing include the following:
- Adherence to screening guidelines
- Lack access to equipment or the proper lab for a specific test
- STD testing is outside of their area of expertise
- They do not want their patient to be irrationally fearful of STDs or do not see their patient as being at risk
- Unaware of the current screening guidelines or STD test protocols
If your primary care doctor does not do STD testing, we would be happy to be of service at Medallus Urgent Care.
What doctor should a man see for STD testing?
While most general practitioners or primary care physicians can screen for sexually transmitted diseases in both males and females, urologists often specialize in men’s sexual health, compared with a gynecologist for women. With that being said, the most convenient way to get tested for an STD is with your primary care physician or through an urgent care clinic. If you test positive for a sexually transmitted disease or infection and require specialized treatment, your primary care doctor or an urgent care physician can provide you with a referral to a urologist or another specialist, depending on the nature of your STD.
Are STD tests confidential?
While STD tests are usually confidential, it is not always guaranteed, depending on the state and age of the patient. As for us at Medallus Urgent Care, we highly respect our patients’ privacy when it comes to STD screenings and test results. As such, if you do not feel comfortable having your family or primary care provider know of your STD test and results, we are happy to provide confidential STD tests to you. For more information concerning confidentiality and STD tests, please feel free to call us at (701) 368-4380.