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How is STD testing done? Will I just have to pee in a cup, or will the doctor have to do an exam?

How is STD testing done? Will I just have to pee in a cup, or will the doctor have to do an exam?

U want accurate ?: There are more than a dozen infections that can be passed sexually and a few can be sometimes be detected in your pee. If you have been exposed, the best evaluation is one done after a good history, exam and testing guided by the clinicians impressions.Since some STI's can result in your sterility or chronic life altering illness, you might want to get the best available evaluation. ...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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Which different STD testing should I get done that are the most accurate?

Which different STD testing should I get done that are the most accurate?

Several: Blood tests include the vdrl for syphillis, hepatitis testing, and HIV testing among others. Cervical cultures for gonorrhea and chlamydia are also indicated. A pap smear using liquid cytology can also test for hpv and gonorrhea and chlamydia. Your healthcare provider can arrange for all the necessary tests.. ...Read more

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I had unsafe sex 2 years ago. Had STD testing done 2 years later everything negative. How do I move past the STD worrying? Everything was negative!

I had unsafe sex 2 years ago. Had STD testing done 2 years later everything negative. How do I move past the STD worrying? Everything was negative!

STD: If you were negative then, chances are that you are free and clear. If you want to move on, you could repeat all now and confirm that you are still negative. ...Read more

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It is possible that a pap smear be done with STD testing automatically or do you need to consent to STD tests specifically?

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 more

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Wat should I do about my period, and can I have a no-show preganncy so i had STD testing done in november. And all results were negative. The last time I have had any encounter with volnerable areas was october 16with my ex-bf. I havnt had my period since

Wat should I do about my period, and can I have a no-show preganncy so i had STD testing done in november. And all results were negative. The last time I have had any encounter with volnerable areas was october 16with my ex-bf. I havnt had my period since

Hello. : Hello. I can't tell you if you are pregnant or not. Possible symptoms of pregnancy include: nausea, vomiting, lack of a period, enlarged or swollen breasts, urinating more, insomnia, feeling tired, passing gas, abdominal enargemet and feeling more emotional to mention a few. There are some women who do not have a great deal of enlargement over the first few months. It sounds like you have not a period for over four months. With your lack of a period, history of unprotected sex and learning that the type of pregnancy test you may have been defective- recommend you take a pregnancy test. If it is negative, then you could consider talking to your gynecologist for more insight as to the reason that you have not been having your period. Take care. ...Read more

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Had STD testing (blood draw) done for HIV which was "non reactive". I have eye floaters and lately white rings/ coated tongue. What is going on?

Had STD testing (blood draw) done for HIV which was "non reactive".  I have eye floaters and lately white rings/ coated tongue. What is going on?

Vitreous detachment: Floaters are usually secondary to vitreous detachment from the retina. This is a normal aging process and it can start as early as teens in a highly nearsighted person to into the 60's. But when you first notice it u need to see an eye md to make sure there are no retinal tears. Your mouth lesions may be candida and from a lot of stress and not necessarily HIV related. See your primary md. ...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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How expensive is STD testing?

How expensive is STD testing?

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 more

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How much can STD testing cost?

How much can STD testing cost?

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. ...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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What types of things could return false positives in STD testing?

Lupus, old age...: False-positive syphilis screens are common in older folks and especially in lupus; that's why we follow up. The herpes antibody blood tests are notoriously unreliable. Interpreting microbiology smears requires expertise; i once had to defend a bogus "child abuse" case in which a pediatrician mistook chickenpox for gonorrhea based on his ignorance interpreting a lab test. ...Read more

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I don’t have insurance, is there a way I can get STD testing for free or cheap?

I don’t have insurance, is there a way I can get STD testing for free or cheap?

Yes.: Many cities have "std clinics" that offer free or low cost testing. Planned parenthood does as well. Federally qualified health centers are low cost places to get medical care (including std testing). Usually it takes some google searching. If you wanted to bypass a clinic directly, there are numerous websites that offer std testing for about $150. (privatemdlabs.Com, stdtestexpress.Com). ...Read more

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

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

No: The test for gonorrhea and chlamydia consists of a swab taken from the urethra. The test usually consists of a dna probe which is very sensitive and specific. Therefore urination does not effect its detection if the specimen is taken properly from the urethra. ...Read more

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From a medical perspective, is it enough to ask new partner about prior STD testing, or must both partners get new complete 11-disease STD panels?

From a medical perspective, is it enough to ask new partner about prior STD testing, or must both partners get new complete 11-disease STD panels?

Ideally, yes, but...: The world or environment is not perfect. Even so, there is still no guaranty since internal environments of individuals widely vary from time to time along their path of life. So, delving into some understanding of life reality could immensely help as detailed in articles in Beasics for Life Reality.. in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. More? Seek counseling timely. ...Read more

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Would my insurance cover the bill for STD testing having only to pay 15dollar co-pay?If i don't know what STD I should be looking for is there a standard STD test that covers everything?

Would my insurance cover the bill for STD testing having only to pay  15dollar co-pay?If i don't know what STD I should be looking for is there a standard STD test that covers everything?

Hard to say...: It's hard to say what your insurance will cover without knowing your plan. However, if you are concerned about std's you can also check with your local health department, in many places there are free clinics that cover these services (check http://hivtest.Cdc.Gov) there is not a single standard std test, but individual tests for hiv, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, etc. ...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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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

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I had STD testing, but the result was indeterminate specimen. What do you mean by that?

Spec wasn't good: The specimen submitted could not be tested adequately to derive dependable results. When a test comes back from the lab like this, it needs to be repeated. ...Read more

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How would I be able to find a place that has free and confidential STD testing for teens?

How would I be able to find a place that has free and confidential STD testing for teens?

Dept of Health: A few places to check: local department of health, call your local hospital, or look up public health clinics. Also ask any local md office for advice on where to go. ...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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