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Why isn't herpes testing part of routine std testing panel?

Why isn't herpes testing part of routine std testing panel?

False Positive test: HsV 1 (cold sores on the mouth) blood tests cross react with HSV 2 ( genital herpes) blood tests. Leading to false positive tests and mental anguish . Herpes cultures can only be done when you have a active genital herpes outbreak. Not screening. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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Im willing to pay for herpes specific serology testing?

Im willing to pay for herpes specific serology testing?

Why?: If you need to confirm a genital herpes diagnosis, or if you have atypical complaints and want to know if you have HSV or something else, or you suspect that you are an asymptomatic carrier or at particular risk for hsv, it's probably worth the expense. But if you just want to know if it's type 1 or type 2, the treatment is the same either way, so there is no point. ...Read more

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How accurate is urine std testing using NAAT?

How accurate is urine std testing using NAAT?

Here are some ...: In the US, whatever approved by its FDA & marketed is considered to be reasonably safe, effective, & accurate although some frauds may still exist. But in comparison, that is best we can come by due to its highest transparency; of course, nothing is perfect and behind what we know always still hides a lot what we don't know. So, NAAT testing is good enough for daily use. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Is there a confidential STD testing clinic that doesn't have to report positives?

Is there a confidential STD testing clinic that doesn't have to report positives?

No: State laws require that any facility, lab, or physician that gets a positive report of certain stds report it to the state department of health. Not doing so would be a criminal offense. Std results are not reported to any individual person or organization though so they only people that would know are you, your doctor, the lab, your insurance (if used), & possibly the state health department. ...Read more

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Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

No: No, unless you have a history of herpes or lesions that look suspicious. Sometimes a pap smear can see cells that look suspicious for herpes which may then prompt a recommendation to actually do a specific test for herpes during a subsequent office visit. ...Read more

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Does an STD test test for hpv?

Does an STD test test for hpv?

Not usually: Hpv is something a great many people get exposed to, and most will have no symptoms from it, nor is there anything to do about it even if it is positive without symptoms/lesions. ...Read more

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Current STD screening recommendations?

Current STD screening recommendations?

Risk-based: Talk to your healthcare provider about specific concerns! in general, if you are a woman under 25, test for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year, and over 25 if you have new partners or multiple partners. Hiv/syphilis/hepatitis testing if you have another std, have had more than one partner since your last test, or use injection drugs. Pap tests every other year (age 21-30) or every three (age 30-64). ...Read more

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Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Depends.: In an normal urinalysis they do not test for stds. But you can use the same urine sample to test for chlamydia or gonorrhea. When they take blood for the syphilis test, the can also test for HIV and hep c, but not for chlamydia or gonorrhea. In summary, to have a "full std panel", you need to give both blood and urine. ...Read more

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Are STD urine test accurate?

Yes, reliable ...: Yes, it's reliable but less than testing the specimens from vaginal fluid / cervical mucus/fluid, especially for trichomonas. Besides, some 75% & 50% of chlamydia-infected women & men have no symptom respectively. So, all women ...Read more

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How accurate is STD screening?

How accurate is STD screening?

Very: Depends on which test you are speaking about... Culturebtesting for fonnorhea, chlamydia or herpes are extremely accurate, and urine or swab testing for bacterial dna for those are also very accurate. Hiv testing always has confirmatoey testing if the screen is positive and that is extremely accurate. ...Read more

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Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Not necessarily: A specific HIV test has to be ordered by the doctor. Usually the doctor will inform the patient (or ask permission) before doing an HIV test, so if there was no discussion about it, most likely the test wasn't done. OTOH, everyone tested for STDs should also be tested for HIV, but different doctors and clinics have different policies, however. Call the office and ask directly. ...Read more

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How private and secure with patient information are STD testing centers?

How private and secure with patient information are STD testing centers?

Confidentiality: There is no reason to expect anything except complete confidentiality regarding your visit and your results from an std clinic. Be aware, however, that the centers for disease control and prevention require reporting for cases of hepatitis, gonorrhea or syphilis. In those cases, your name will be provided to the health department to follow up on treatment for you and any partners. ...Read more

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Is an Elisa test performed at an urgent care clinic conclusive for HIV negativity at 3 years possible exposure. No new sex partners.

Is an Elisa test performed at an urgent care clinic conclusive for HIV negativity at 3 years possible exposure. No new sex partners.

Yes, conclusive: All available HIV blood tests are conclusive 4-12 weeks after the last possible exposure, depending on the specific test. You can be sure you don't have HIV from an exposure 3 years previously. ...Read more

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Are RNA tests accurate for testing for HIV?

Are RNA tests accurate for testing for HIV?

Yes, but...: The HIV RNA tests are checking for the presence of certain parts of HIV. When positive, it can give us an idea of how much HIV is present. Most of the time, when positive, it highly suggests HIV infection. However, in rare instances, there can be false positive tests, which mean that a positive test may represent something else, not HIV. Thus, the best test for HIV is a standard HIV antibody test. ...Read more

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Does STD testing hurt?

Does STD testing hurt?

In most cases, no: In general for most screening, urine testing and bloodtests are all that is required. In certain circumstances further testing may be required. ...Read more

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Do insurance companies cover STD testing?

Do insurance companies cover STD testing?

Yes.: They absolutely do. I haven't heard of one not covering std testing. If you have a high deductible, there may be an out of pocket cost for you however. ...Read more

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How could planned parenthood give STD test results?

How could planned parenthood give STD test results?

Unclear question: If you visit planned parenthood and request a test for stds, they may accommodate you if you agree to be tested, usually by testing urine, blood and pap smear. ...Read more

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Do pap tests check for stds?

Do pap tests check for stds?

Indirectly for some: Pap smears test for abnormal cervical cells— dysplasia or metaplasia—which lead to biopsies. Any std that causes such changes in the cervical cells, such as hpv, will thus be indirectly tested for. Generally, there are other tests for most stds: culture, wet prep, smear of discharge, blood tests. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

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