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How Do You Test For An Std
If I went to the hospital because I was very ill without knowing the cause and they did blood work would they usually test for an std?
Not necessarily: This depends on the clinical picture of "very ill" The most pertinent information regarding std's is carried out with a pelvic exam. Don't forget that your medical record is YOUR record. You can get a copy of this from the hospital with a request. If you have symptoms persisting, then I would followup as an outpatient with a visit to address them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I went into planned parenthood 2 days ago to test for an STD. It was negative (I was tested for all others a few days prior all negative) but since coming home I've had burning around my vagina every day. Could it be from unsanitzed tools?
6 weeks is better: Gonorrhea and chlamydia tests are valid any time more than 3-3 days after the last exposure, and negative results at 4 weeks will show you weren't infected. Same for certain vaginal infections, e.g. trichomonas. However, most other STDs require blood tests for diagnosis (e.g., syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B). Four weeks is pretty good, but they can take 6 weeks. Consider waiting another two weeks. ...Read more
Trichomonas: To diagnose Trichomoniasis, urine sediment, vaginal swab, semen, urethral swab can be used for a wet mount reading, culture, rapid assay or PCR test. Trichomonas Vaginalis is the protozoan parasite that causes this infection. When a wet mount is used, one searches for motile trichomonads using a microscope. ...Read more
STD Testing: Not usually. Some stds like HIV have to specifically be requested. But, any good gynecologist would know what to test for and be open to any request you may have to make sure you are negative. You could prepare for your visit by knowing how many stds there are and how to prevent them. ...Read more
Usually not: Most stds will not show up on a urinalysis or urine culture. It is now possible to test for certain stds (gonorrhea, chlamydia) with a urine test, but that is a different test, and the doctor would have to order it separately from the lab. Best to discuss all your symptoms and concerns with the doctor first, so that all of the necessary testing can be ordered. ...Read more
2 days to 3 months: Gonorrhea and chlamydia testing by swab or urine, 2-3 days. HIV blood test, 4-12 weeks depending on the specific test or combination of tests. Syphilis blood test, 6 weeks. HSV (herpes) blood test, 3-4 months. Don't test yourself through an online service. It will be cheaper to do it in person with a clinic or doctor who understnands STDs and can advise which tests you should have. ...Read more
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