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Should I get tested for an STD?
Anyone who is sexually active should be tested for an STD unless they are in a monogamous relationship in which both partners have already tested negative for STD's.
What to expect when being tested for STD's
It is best to be honest with your doctor regarding your sexual activity and any symptoms you have. Your doctor will probably first perform a physical examination to check for genital warts, sores, or discharges that may indicate the presence of an STD. In order to be thorough, they will also generally do a lab work up that could include urine, swab, and/or blood tests. Test results are usually available within a few days to a week, and you should refrain from sexual activity until you receive them.
In many cases, there are no signs or symptoms of STD's. At an appointment, your doctor may ask if you have had any of the following: burning, itching, cloudy or dark urine, abdominal pain, growths or blisters, or unusual discharge. All of the following may be symptoms of STD's, but can also be attributed to common infections or other conditions. It is not routine for a doctor to perform STD testing without a request from the patient, even for women at an annual PAP exam.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing can be done through a simple urine test. Another form of testing is a swab of the cervix for women, and inside the penis for men. These common STI's can be present and potentially not show any symptoms, which is why it is important for anyone who is sexually active to be tested regularly.
Herpes testing is not typically performed and tests are often inconclusive. When present, herpes will typically cause blisters or sores and is therefore often diagnosed when these symptoms are present.
HPV testing is not available for men, but HPV is screened in women during annual PAP tests through a swab of the cervix. HPV can also be diagnosed visually through the appearance of genital warts.
HIV testing, Anonymous VS Confidential
Anonymous HIV testing: The clinic will require you to provide some information that allows them to deliver your results. Typically a random numeric code is used for identification, and your name or social security number are never used in the process. There are no written results that are documented in this type of testing procedure.
Confidential HIV testing: Personal information is used to identify a patient in this process. A clinic will ask for a social security number, name, and date of birth. In some states, a positive HIV test will be reported to the health department and placed on file, usually for the purpose of resource allocation in a specific area. A confidential HIV test allows the patient to receive written documentation of their diagnosis, and can therefore be used to initiate medical treatment or psychological counseling.
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