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Std Testing After Exposure
How long after unprotected sex should I get STD testing? I used a condom, but it broke so i just want to make sure i'm safe.
2-3 weeks and 3 mos.: There are many possible sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis, hiv, hepatitis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, trichomonas, and human papilloma virus (hpv). Some of these have helpful tests to check for them, others do not. How long these tests take to turn positive varies, with some taking as long as 3 months. It is ok to check after 2-3 weeks, but i would check again after 3 months. ...Read more
STD is also known as Sexually transmitted disease. 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
After a hysterectomy, can blood tests for std's be performed at a STD testing site that is not the physician's office? Is it common enough?
Yes.: Today full std testing can be done via blood test only, there is no longer need to obtain any genital swabs or even urine samples. The hysterectomy would make no difference in any case. You can ask your regular family physician to test you, for peace of mind, or possible exposure, and ask them to draw the blood for the test. It's that simple. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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