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A 47-year-old member asked:

how do you get tested for std?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Depends on the STD: Syphilis is diagnosed with a blood test. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are diagnosed either with urine tests (for urethral or cervical infections) or from swabs taken from the vagina, rectum, or throat. The swabs can be sent for culture, dna probes, or nucleic acid amplification tests (naats). Those are the "big 3, " but there are other stds.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Different: Different tests. Some are blood tests, some are swabs, and cultures.
Dr. John Froude
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
After unsafe sex: you are at risk after unprotected sex particularly if it is anonymous. The number of partners increases the risk. Symptom of discharge or burning urination or ulceration are strongly suggestive. Consider these. Go for an evaluation if you feel at risk. If you want to switch to a monogamous relationship go with your partner.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How expensive is STD testing?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Cheaper than infecti: Cheaper than dealing with the outcomes from the infection. For instance - a pap smear looking for the outcomes of hpv - cancer or its precursors - may cost a couple hundred bucks. Dealing with cancer costs 10's or 100's of thousands! most insurances will cover the cost and if not, health depts and clinics offer low cost testing and care.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How much can STD testing cost?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: There are lots of things that could be tested for including aids, syphyllis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitits, hpv, etc. Might need samples from mouth, vagina and anus. You can't test yourself very easily, you need swabs of body parts and blood tests to do it all. Cash paying customers frequently can get a discount. Uninsured patients might be able to get free testing from the health department.
Santa Rosa, CA
A 42-year-old male asked:

I urinated 30 minutes before giving a sample for STD testing. Does this reduce effectivness of amp test?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: So long as you didn't tamper with the sample itself.
A member asked:

New boyfriend tested for STD IgG was 17 and 7 48 negative or positive i say positive?

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Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Need info: Igg is immunogloobulin g, a class of proteins that have antibody function. What you are asking about is a microorganism-specific igg antibody (there are other classes as well). In order to answer you i need what bug the igg antibody is directed.
Pulaski, VA
A 24-year-old male asked:

Where should someone go to get tested for std?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Doctor's office: There are twelve common STDs. Your physician should be able to help with this.

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