What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?
A Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), sometimes known as a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), is a type of disease that is transmitted through any form of sexual contact, childbirth, breastfeeding, or even through intravenous drug use.
Do I have a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?
Sexually transmitted diseases are quite common among today's youth and teenagers. Some STDs show distinct symptoms, while others don’t. So, if you have engaged in oral, vaginal, or anal sex, you should get yourself tested regularly to ascertain your medical condition.
Should I get tested for an STD even though I do not show symptoms?
It is always recommended that you get yourself checked in case you feel something unusual about your body. It is highly advised to get yourself tested if you have been sexually active. Regular testing will ensure that you get timely treatment, and help prevent the spread of disease further.
Where can I get STD testing?
We have testing locations all across the nation that provide quick and completely confidential STD testing facilities. All of the tests are FDA-approved and can be scheduled online.
How do you test for STDs?
Different body fluids are required for testing different STDs.
- Urine - For testing Chlamydia, Gonorrhea
- Blood - For testing HIV, Genital herpes, Oral herpes, Syphilis, Hepatitis A, B, and C
The samples are taken at one of our 4,000+ CLIA-certified testing centers without any paperwork.
What differentiates STDCheck.com from other testing services?
Our testing centers offer fast and reliable services. But, that is not the only thing that differentiates us from the rest.
- We offer testing services for minors from ages 16-17 (which is one of the groups that is most prone to STDs) without the need of consent from the parent.
- The results are ready within 1-2 days of the test
- We are also the only service that offers the early detection testing of the HIV RNA, which is approved by the FDA.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
Though most of the STDs do not have any clear signs in the initial stages, there are a few common signs that you can look out for and get yourself tested.
- Smelly urine
- Irritation/burning sensation while urinating
- Uneasiness during sexual contact
- Blisters or warts in the genital area
- Rashes or spots on the body
- There can be many other signs or symptoms, but these are some of the most common ones.
Which STD test do I need?
STDs are contracted via both sexual and non-sexual contact and generally, people suffering from one STD are prone to contracting other similar diseases. Therefore, we offer a comprehensive suite of tests for testing different STDs. We recommend our clients suitable tests that they should go for and create a suite of tests for them
Do I need a physical exam to get tested for STDs?
No, there is no physical examination that needs to be done for STDs. All the tests are conducted after taking a blood or a urine sample.
Is there anything I need to know or do before visiting a test center?
Our tests do not necessitate any special precautions or fasting to be done before the test. However, tests for Gonorrhea or Chlamydia may need the patient to hold their urine for about an hour before the tests are conducted.
How soon will my test results be available?
Our test results are usually ready within 1-2 days of the testing. However, the actual time may differ depending on the state regulations. Our testing centers will inform you, in case there is a longer processing time for a particular test.
Are STDs curable?
If diagnosed and detected in the initial stages, it is possible to cure some STDs while unfortunately the others have no cure.
Can I get the same STD multiple times?
Yes, it is possible to contract the same STD again even after it is fully treated. Relapse or reinfections are quite common, especially if the treatment wasn't successfully completed.
How long should I wait after exposure to test for STDs?
Different STD causing pathogens have different life cycles and their detection may differ accordingly. However, if you experience any discomfort, it is best to get in touch with our counselors and they will guide you through the process. Getting tested is the best path to ensure peace of mind.
Can I access my STD test results on my mobile phone?
Yes, if you have a smartphone, you can access your email id and open the PDF file containing your test results anytime you want.
Do you accept health insurance?
No. STD testing is a very private affair. As soon as you use claim health insurance, the company is notified of the reason and the test are no longer confidential.
What will the charge appear as on my credit card monthly statement?
It does appear on the statement. But, it will not bear any indication that it is related to STD testing.
What is your cancellation policy?
If the cancellation is done after 21 days of booking, then the patient will be given credit points for future tests.
How many people have Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?
According to the estimates of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a whopping onefourth of the total US population is suffering from one or the other STD. This figure is actually still higher because diseases like pubic lice that can be treated at home are never reported. Then there are diseases like Herpes that do not need to be reported, and they would further add to the patient numbers.
I am monogamous, but tested positive for an STD. Did my partner cheat on me?
This may not necessarily be the case. STDs can remain in a dormant state for a long time before suddenly showing up. So, if you have tested positive, it may also mean that you had contracted the disease a long time ago, which is only showing the symptoms now. So, if you have tested positive despite being monogamous, it does not mean that your partner is cheating on you.
Is there a way I can avoid contracting STDs?
It is said that prevention is always better than cure. Hence, keeping in mind the following precautions can lower the chances of contracting STDs-
- Always use protection while engaging in sexual activities.
- Get tested for STDs if you are sexually active and encourage your partner too to get checked.
- Reduce the number of people you have sex with. The more partners you have, the higher the chances of contracting STDs like HIV.
- If your partner is HIV positive, encourage them to get treated as soon as possible.
- Wash yourself thoroughly before and after sexual intercourse.
- Get a vaccination for Hepatitis B.
Can I get an STD if I am a virgin?
Yes, you can. Diseases and infections like gonorrhea of the throat, herpes, and genital warts of the mouth can be transmitted during oral intercourse.
Do Condoms prevent all STDs?
Well, not really. Condoms are irrefutably a great way to protect both you and your partner from most of the STDs, but unfortunately not against all of them.
Is a Cold Sore a symptom of Herpes?
Yes. It can be a symptom of Herpes and it can spread through oral contact of any kind, including kissing.
Can STDs be transmitted through kissing?
Yes, it is quite possible to contract certain STDs like herpes and warts of the mouth through kissing. But, honestly, the chances are quite low.
Is there a difference between HIV and AIDS?
Yes. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. A patient may be infected with HIV for a long time before actually suffering from AIDS. This process may take anywhere from months to years.
Why should I trust STDcheck.com to perform these STD tests and provide results?
All our testing centers are certified by CLA and all the tests conducted in these facilities are FDAapproved. We maintain the highest standards of testing and all the patent-related information is absolutely safe with us.