Which Type Of STD Testing You Need

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Testing For Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Research has shown that majority of people think that they can notice and know what kind of STD infection they may be having. That is a wrong perception; not all infections show symptoms. You may be thinking you are very healthy, yet you are infected unknowingly. A window stage period has little symptoms to show. The only remedy for this issue is to go for a test.

How Do I Know I Need STD Testing?

STD TestingAt some point you may start wondering, do I have an STD? Do not assume  that ‘I am well’ and skip going for a checkup. If you have had unprotected sex, had sex with more than one partner, been raped or you have a strong feeling that you may have been exposed to any sexually transmitted infection, take the next step of visiting a healthcare provider for a test. The doctor will check if you have; Gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, HIV, herpes, HPV, and trichomoniasis infections.

How Am I Involved In The Test?

For better and precise results, the doctor or nurse checking on you will always question you one on one. Depending on your honesty when answering these questions, an accurate solution can be found easily.

Here is are some questions you will likely to be asked;

Have you ever had an STD infection before?

Have you ever taken any medication to counter the symptoms you have before visiting the Clinic?

Does you partner has any symptoms? If yes, you can tell the doctor.

When was your last time you had your period? (Applicable for women only)

How do you practice your intercourse? Is it anal or vaginal sex?

Upon answering some of these questions, you will go to the lab for the real test.

Carrying Out The STD Test

The test performed depends on the infection or the symptoms you have. There are a bunch of ways of testing these infections. Some of the commonly conducted tests are;

1. Physical Examination

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Here your doctor examines your genital parts or anus to see any signs of infections. From his or her professional experience on these matters, symptoms like genital sores, discharges from the vagina, penis or anus, itchy effects on genital parts can lead the doctor into determining the kind of infection you have. The pelvic exam is carried to test out the infection in women. Some disease testing which can occur through this method include;

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Warts
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Scabies

2. Blood Sample Testing

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They will have to draw some samples of blood. Then will send the blood to the lab where special tools are used to test it. It may also include taking some blood samples around the infected area for testing.  The processing these results may take awhile in the lab. Here your patience is needed if you need correct results. Infections using this method for testing are;

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

3. Testing Urine Samples

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In the lab, the lab technicians take urine as a specimen for testing. Here we test the existence of disease-causing viruses and bacteria in your urine. STDs tested using this method include;

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Bacteria Vaginosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea

4. Testing Discharge Fluids And Saliva

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This is one of the most applied tests today. Through swapping of these samples, there is detailed research on the suspected kind of infection you may be having. When carrying out this analysis, we use a microscope. This testing method is applicable for the following diseases;

  • Bacteria Vaginosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Note: Many diseases can undergo more than one test to get good results.

Getting tested would give you not only confidence but also reassurance with your partner about the health status. Going for an earlier checkup would also save you from unnecessary worrying and even your life. However, the decision lies in your hands, whether to go or not. Let your conscience guide you.

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