How std testing works?

STD testing can be quick, painless, and sometimes even free. A urinalysis involves urinating into a cup, a cheek swab is rubbed inside the cheek with a soft swab to detect HIV, a blood test that the nurse or doctor draws blood from the arm, or a quick prick on the finger. People often talk about “getting tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections, also known as STDs, sexually transmitted diseases).” We ask couples if they have “been tested” and ask healthcare providers to do an “STI test” for them. However, we rarely think about exactly what tests we are referring to.

So how do STI tests work? Contrary to what it means to “get tested”, there is no standard STI testing panel. Different clinics may offer you different tests, depending on your background and resources. Patients can receive STI test results during a follow-up appointment with their doctor, by phone, or through online medical records. Laboratories, clinics, and home testing companies can accept insurance that covers or reduces the cost of testing.

To find out what happens next, keep reading or if you are already convinced that you can and should take the test and want you to do it without problems, go ahead and get tested now. The tests may be part of a routine health exam or may be ordered when a patient has signs and symptoms of an STI. At all STI testing providers, there are a wide variety of tests that can be performed to determine if you have an infection or not. The doctor also asks if there are signs or symptoms of sexually transmitted infections to determine the most appropriate testing strategy.

If the STI test results are positive, start treatment as soon as possible to reduce the chance of health complications.

Elsie Cerroni
Elsie Cerroni

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