STD Testing Made Easy
If you indulged in unprotected sex, have a new partner, or have multiple partners, you must get yourselves tested for STDs. However, it is not that you have sex today and you get yourselves tested tomorrow. STIs have different time frames to develop into STDs. The virus or bacterium has a certain incubation period, after which it starts multiplying.
Time frame to get tested for STDs
- HIV: 4 weeks to 3 months
- Hepatitis B: 3 weeks to 2 months
- Hepatitis C: up to 6 months
- Herpes: 2 weeks to 3 months
- Syphilis: 10 days to 3 months
- Gonorrhea: 2 days to 30 days
- Chlamydia: 1 week to 3 weeks
After the test, you must avoid sex until test results arrive. Your doctor may recommend you a retest depending on the test results.
Most STDs show no symptoms. You may be a carrier of the infection but may not know. Through sexual contact, you can pass the infection to your partner.
A common test for all STDs
This does not exist. Each STD has a separate test procedure. For example, tests for HPV, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia require a swab test; samples are taken from cervix, penis, genital sores, or saliva of mouth. Tests for HIV, herpes, and hepatitis may require a blood sample.
STDs are silent killers
People usually think they will know in case they contract a sexually transmitted disease. This is not true. You feel fine that does not mean you may not carry an infection. Most STDs or STIs display no signs or symptoms. Some may experience mild signs or signs that resemble other illness like flu. So, they either ignore, or take treatment of the other assumed illness.
According to doctors, the sole way to know you have or do not have STD is to get yourselves tested.
- Please do not wait for symptoms to appear to consult a doctor.
- You must get yourselves tested for STD in case of unprotected sex with somebody who has not been tested for STD for quite some time.
- Some of the commonest STDs are HIV, HPV, herpes, chlamydia, gonnorhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis.
Most of the test procedures are simple
It is easy to undergo a test for STD…and quick too. Depending on the type of STD, your doctor may take a blood sample, urine sample, or swab. That’s it.
- For Chlamydia, you may require to give urine sample or swab of genital area. You must notify your doctor in case you had anal sex or oral sex. In these cases, urine or genital swabs won’t work. You may need to provide a sample of mouth saliva.
- For gonorrhea, you may require to give urine sample or swab of genital area. Again, people who have indulged in oral sex or anal sex should notify this to the doctor.
- For HIV, you may require to give blood sample or swab from your mouth insides. Many health care centers offer discreet testing, as there is a lot of social stigma attached to this STD.
- For genital herpes, you may require to give blood sample drawn from finger or arm. This is in case you see no symptoms. You must ask your doctor for type-specific igG test. In case you see symptoms, doctor takes a swab from affected area. If test result shows negative, you are retested later through blood sample to make sure. Remember; a negative culture report does not mean you do not suffer from this STD.
- For syphilis, you may require to give sample of blood or from the sore. Centers for Disease Prevention and Cure (CDC) recommend that all pregnant women should be tested for this STD.
- For trichomoniasis, you may require to give sample of discharge, swab of infected area, and a physical examination. It is tougher to detect this microbe in males than in females.
- For HPV, if you have genital warts, you must undergo a visual diagnosis. HPV may also lead to cervical cancer. So, a doctor may give you PAP test or PAP smear to detect presence of cancerous cells in the cervix. However, PAP test alone is not sufficient for HPV. In case your PAP test shows abnormal growth of cells, it may be HPV infection.
The best way to stay safe is to take control of your sexual life.
GET RESULTS QUICKLY
- You can get the STD test results quickly and confidentially on the same day and in the manner you wish to receive it. A doctor can be consulted for advice is the test result is positive.