Pros and Cons of Private Lab Testing for STDs
No one - from the people in the waiting room to even your healthcare provider - will know why you are getting tested (unless you choose to share this information with them). Private testing centers will not send anything to your home, and tests can easily be ordered online or over the phone before you visit the location.
You have to leave home
While they are discreet, you still have to leave the house to have the STD test performed. For some, this can be difficult for scheduling reasons or personal preference.
Increased likelihood of accurate results
Unlike at-home STD testing, private testing centers are staffed with professionals who are experienced in collecting samples. This experience means there is less likely to be any contamination or mishandling of your sample to provide a truly accurate STD test result.
Quick results and access to treatment assistance
Because you are not having to ship your sample back to a lab, test results are usually provided within 24 - 72 hours from the time the sample was collected. Results are provided through a secure online portal, or you can reach out over the phone to discuss your results and treatment options. If your results come back positive, you will have immediate access to information and guidance on the next steps you should take, including possibly calling in a prescription for you to begin treatment right away.
May be less accessible than public testing centers for some individuals
For those who do not have insurance or a lower income, the costs can be a bit high. Also, if you are under a certain age, you may not be able to access discreet testing without parental permission.
Minimal wait times
Individuals visiting a private testing center usually have made a prior appointment, so the waiting area is not full of people in line. These centers are generally quicker for those looking to get in, provide their sample, and get back to their days.