How STD Tests are Done
Sexually Transmitted Disease
People know about the risk and dangers of STDs however less is known about the tests required to identify these infections. If you are sexually active, especially with multiple partners, here is how the common STDs are tested. Image Couresy : Getty ImagesLoading...
Screening is very important for chlamydia because without clear symptoms you can be unaware that you have the infection. It is tested through urine test or through a swab inside the member in men. Image Couresy : Getty Images
Just like chlamydia, gonorrhea testing is also done either through a urine test or through a swab inside the member in men or from the cervix in women. The sample is then analyzed in a laboratory for diagnosis.
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If you have had more than one sexual partner you must get tested for STDs like syphilis. During the test the doctor will either take a blood sample or a swab from any genital sores you might have. The sample is examined in a laboratory. Image Couresy : Getty Images
HIV and Hepatitis
If you have had more than one sexual partner or if you use intravenous drugs or if you are a man who has sex with men, it's time for you to get tested for HIV and hepatitis. The doctor will take a blood sample to test for HIV and hepatitis in the laboratory. Image Couresy : Getty Images
While there are no standard screening test available for herpes, your doctor may take a tissue scraping or culture of blisters or early ulcers for examination in a laboratory. However a negative test still doesn't rule out herpes. Image Couresy : Getty Images
Human Papillomavirus ( HPV) in Men
HPV affects most of the sexually active people at some point in their lives; however virus typically disappears within two years. No standard HPV test is available for men and the infection is diagnosed only by visual inspection of genital warts. Image Couresy : Getty Images
Human Papillomavirus ( HPV) in Women
Unlike in men, there are tests available to screen HPV in women. Samples are collected from the cervical canal in women older than 30. The samples are analyzed in the laboratory for infection. The infection clears up itself in younger women.Image Couresy : Getty Images
These days several home test kits are available for STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. The test kits help you collect a urine sample or a genital swab in the privacy of your home which can be sent to a laboratory for analysis.Image Couresy : Getty Images
If you test positive for an STD, you must immediately get further testing done. Also make sure to ask your sexual partner to get tested right away as the infections can be passed. STD tests are not complex and can be done regularly. Image Couresy : Getty Images