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Confidential Std Testing
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is an Elisa test performed at an urgent care clinic conclusive for HIV negativity at 3 years possible exposure. No new sex partners.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If negative tests for bv, chlamydia, mycoplasma, ureaplasma, herpes, syphilis, gonorrea, trichomonas, hiv, what can be causes of cervicitis/urethritis?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer