How Long Does an STD Test Take to Come Back?

In terms of anxiety, few experiences match the nerves of having to wait for the results of an STD test. Even though getting tested is the responsible decision, it doesn’t make the wait for an STD test result any less stressful. Indeed, often worse than the waiting itself is the uncertainty of the whole process. Not knowing when to expect your results can be just as nerve-wracking as not knowing the results themselves! The good news is, we’re here to provide you with a valuable resource, so that no one has to wonder how long it takes for an STD test to come back again.

“Average” Waiting Times

Because STDs themselves are so different, they require different types of tests to diagnose. Some STDs simply require a visual examination to diagnose. Others, a urine sample, or alternatively a sample taken from a vaginal swab. Still others like HIV can only be diagnosed with a blood sample. In the case of blood-work, it can take in the neighborhood of two weeks to deliver definitive results. On “average” a typical STD test might take between one and three days to come back –– but again, mitigating circumstances can alter this estimate. 

Comparing Different Testing Facilities

As you may or may not know, there’s more than one way to get tested for STDs. Naturally then, where you choose to get tested can have a big effect on when you’ll get your test results back. Let’s take a look at some of the options available to you, and what factors might add to your wait time:

Doctor’s Office: Obviously, you can’t get tested for STDs at your doctor’s office without first setting up an appointment –– which could take days or weeks depending on your M.D.’s schedule. Then, once you’ve finally settled on an appointment date, you’ll have to wait for your doctor to send your samples to a specialized lab. That’s because few doctors have access to sophisticated STD testing equipment at their base office. If speed is your priority, the doctor’s office isn’t for you.

The Free Clinic: The free clinic is an attractive option for many people, because, obviously, it’s free. However, you will have to pay in other ways –– namely by spending lots of time in line. Because you can’t schedule an appointment at the free clinic like you can at other testing facilities, it could be days before you find an entire afternoon to dedicate to standing in line to receive a test.

At-Home Tests: Sure, there are plenty of at-home STD tests that promise instant results, but here’s the kicker: you should always get tested for STDs by a professional, and no at-home test can replicate the advanced tech required to diagnose certain STDs.

STD Testing –– When Time is a Factor

If you need to get an STD test done and processed ASAP, then there’s only one option: a dedicated testing facility. With this alternative, you can call ahead and schedule and appointment, get tested the same day, and get your results back quickly (again, typically between 1-3 days).

A Word from Same Day STD Testing

At Same Day, we work to provide quality –– and fast –– service for people in need. You can schedule an appointment, see a medical professional, and get tested the same day with us. Note also that STD tests themselves won’t take more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Plus, we work directly with the most advanced labs in the country so you can rest easy knowing that your tests will be comprehensive and accurate. Finally, unlike other medical testing centers that only contact you if there’s a positive result, we give you plenty of options to view your tests. Look up the results online, call us, or have us call you –– the choice is yours. So don’t wait another minute. If you’re worried about your well-being, give us a call here 844-394-8520 and get tested today!

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