In response to increasing patient demand for STD screening and limited provider resources, some have implemented the "Express Visit" option as a routine part of care at STD clinics. With Express Visits, individuals who have no symptoms and report no known exposure to an STD can choose to be screened for STDs without having to be examined by a physician -- though a medical examination is available to any patient who requests it. Prior to the introduction of Express Visits, individuals seeking STD testing at these clinics had no option other than being examined by a clinician. In one study, researchers found the Express Visit option significantly increased the number of patients who were tested for STDs and identified a greater number of STD cases, while still allowing clinics to treat the same proportion of infected individuals within 30 days of screening.
If you are considering express services in your clinic, sample protocol (Word version : 15 kb | PDF version : 161 kb) and a sample express clinic form (Word version : 16 kb | PDF version : 161 kb) are available.