THE VISIT PROCESS
You can come to City Clinic any time during the days and hours we are open. You will be seen on a drop-in basis, as City Clinic does not make appointments for STD screenings. We usually have 6-8 clinicians available and average waits are less than 60 minutes. Depending on the time of day, some waits may be longer or shorter than average. We encourage you to come as close to the time the clinic opens as possible, when the waits are usually the shortest.
When you get to the Clinic, the person at the front desk will ask some questions and complete your registration form. The personal information on this form will be protected as you will then be given a letter or number to be used as identification while you're receiving care in the clinic. This is to protect your privacy and confidentiality.
You will be asked for a $25 fee for services provided, however no one will be denied services if he or she can't pay.
You can make yourself comfortable in the waiting room until your ID number or letter is called, when you'll be referred to a clinician to discuss your symptoms, if any. The clinician will take a sexual history, do a comprehensive STD exam, perform the appropriate lab tests (including blood draws and urine analysis) and prescribe medication, as indicated. The clinician will also counsel you about STDs, and if ordering an HIV test, perform mandated pre-test counseling.
If you are diagnosed with a reportable STD -- gonorrhea, chlamydia, chancroid or syphilis -- or if you are an adolescent, you will then be referred to another staff person for enhanced counseling, including a discussion of how to talk to your sexual partners about your exposure to an STD as well as how to prevent future infections. After counseling, it's possible that your blood will be drawn again. You will also receive any necessary medications and vaccinations, as well as information on follow-up appointments.
What's it like to get my first annual exam?
Take care of yourself. Get regular STD check-ups every six months.