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How Is Std Testing Done
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. ...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
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
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
Sedation: Colonoscopy is performed by placing a long, flexible tube along the entire colon and rectum via the anus. While people dread this, it is painless when done under sedation. The worst part is the day before when the "prep" is taken to purge the system. Although unpleasant, this will find polyps before they turn into cancers, thus saving one from major surgery. If you're 50, "get 'er done". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What lab tests are needed to test for Ureaplasma overgrowth? Is quantitative PCR necessary? How about Multiplex PCR? I need to teach my gynecologist..
Complicated question: That's an in depth complicated question. Multiplex PCR tests for more than one gene, so a multiplex pcr would allow you to see which species of ureaplasma is present (there are two which cause human infection -urolyticum and parvum. The test may also include species of mycoplasm depending on the lab because they are commonly tested together. Quantitative PCR tells you the ...Read more
What HIV test is given to pregnant women an how effective are the test. Is additional testing needed after the first test is done an negative ?
HIV testing: I am not sure what your worries are. The tests are extremely effective. The doctors providing you or any women in this country know when to retest and what to do in almost every single possible scenarios. From an experts perspective there is nothing to be worrying about. ...Read more
It is possible that a pap smear be done with STD testing automatically or do you need to consent to STD tests specifically?
Two separate things: A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Getting tested for stds involves sending separate tests. Doctors and patients often link these items together though so it is best to specifically ask what tests are being done and clarify what tests you would like or do not want. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Blood is optimal: Blood tests are more sensitive, but antibodies are also present in the urine and collecting urine specimen is easier than collecting blood. Oral fluid can also be tested for HIV antibody. A positive urine screening test, like a blood screening test would need confirmatory testing, generally by testing blood. Urine can be used for confirmatory testing but a negative result may not be reliable. ...Read more
Both are effective: The new tests available are effective for testing for chlamydia in the urine. If you can tolerate a pelvic exam however it is probably beat to have the pelvic exam so the physician can visualize your cervix and see the extent of your infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't understand ?: "Blood testing" is a nonspecific term. Thousands of different determinations can be made on blood samples, from complete blood counts to blood sugars, electrolytes, liver function tests, kidney tests and many many others. Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) is usually tested in urine but can be tested in blood, and is a long-acting metabolite of alcohol that can determine drinking over days rather than hours. ...Read more
Trying to find virus: Molecular testing usually means a test that looks for actual fragments of the virus. For example, a test to detect traces of actual herpes virus dna (such as from a swab of a suspicious broken skin sore) would likely show a positive result if herpes viruses are in the sore. Contrast that to a herpes igg positive blood test, which merely says the person has had herpes sometime during her life. ...Read more
ADHD is diagnosed by: clinical criteria of 6/9 or > significant symptoms of Inattention +/- Hyperactivity /Impulsivity that caused harmful dysfunction at home & school for 6 mos. or > by age 10, even if ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type was not diagnosed in childhood. There are no biological markers; neuropsychological deficits found in people with ADHD are also found in people with other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What STD's can be detected by a pap smear? How long does it take for results ? Does Pap smear show yeast bacterial vaginosis as well ? Hiv ? UTI?
See below: PAP smear is not designed to test for STDs. However it may reveal, herpes, HPV, trichhomonas, yeast and bacterial vaginosis. PAP results may a take a couple of weeks. Not finding these in a PAP smear does not exclude these infections. PAP does not reveal HIV. If you have a concern, you should see a doctor and get specific tests for the particular infection in question. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Generally not: Some clinics will test herpes 1 and 2 prior to doing ivf. We do not because it does not effect the procedure or outcome of ivf. It does however effect the mode of delivery and if you have an active genital herpes infection then delivery would need to be by c/s. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Vaginal swab: The best specimen for chlamydia testing is a vaginal swab, which can be collected either by the patient or during a pelvic exam. Urine testing is very good, but it misses a few infections. However, by any method, a positive test is always valid -- except when done too soon after treatment. ...Read more
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