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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

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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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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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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How precise are urine samples for testing chlamydia?

How precise are urine samples for testing chlamydia?

Pretty accurate: The newer urinary tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea use dna technology and are fairly accurate. ...Read more

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Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

No: No, unless you have a history of herpes or lesions that look suspicious. Sometimes a pap smear can see cells that look suspicious for herpes which may then prompt a recommendation to actually do a specific test for herpes during a subsequent office visit. ...Read more

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Im willing to pay for herpes specific serology testing?

Im willing to pay for herpes specific serology testing?

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

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Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

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 more

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Do va medical centers/hospitals use the CDC for lab tests concerning infectious diseases?

Do va medical centers/hospitals use the CDC for lab tests concerning infectious diseases?

Depends: Most common germs, and infections can be diagnosed by regular va lab. If there is something special the infectious disease consultants at va have many options, including cdc. ...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 private and secure with patient information are STD testing centers?

How private and secure with patient information are STD testing centers?

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

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Is an Elisa test performed at an urgent care clinic conclusive for HIV negativity at 3 years possible exposure. No new sex partners.

Is an Elisa test performed at an urgent care clinic conclusive for HIV negativity at 3 years possible exposure. No new sex partners.

Yes, conclusive: All available HIV blood tests are conclusive 4-12 weeks after the last possible exposure, depending on the specific test. You can be sure you don't have HIV from an exposure 3 years previously. ...Read more

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How accurate is STD screening?

How accurate is STD screening?

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 more

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Which std's are included in standard STD screening tests?

Which std's are included in standard STD screening tests?

STD screening: Chlamydia & gonorrhea if you are a sexually active woman, especially with multiple partners & condoms were not used. Same for men especially those who have sex with men. Screen for syphilis if "sore" is present. HPV test if female over age 30. HIV at least once & yearly if at risk (multiple partners, test +ve for Chlamydia or gonorrhea or IV drug user) Same for syphilis & hepatitis ...Read more

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Tuberculosis screening test needed for volunteer at a hospital?

Tuberculosis screening test needed for volunteer at a hospital?

Yes: Most hospitals and health care facilities require screening for TB in all employees prior to clearing them to work in patient care areas; this usually includes volunteers. ...Read more

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Is there a confidential STD testing clinic that doesn't have to report positives?

Is there a confidential STD testing clinic that doesn't have to report positives?

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

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Medicolegal opinion of employer required drug testing?

Medicolegal opinion of employer required drug testing?

Medico legal: An employer may require a urine drug test in order for you to get the job. This is quite appropriate. You can refuse- and it will then be very unlikely that you will land the job. ...Read more

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Is herpes testing required for ivf?

Is herpes testing required for ivf?

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

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Which medical department would test for semen fertility?

Which medical department would test for semen fertility?

Reproductive studies lab: Usually a reproductive studies lab will give you the most accurate semen analysis of evaluation. These labs are used associated with fertility centers. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

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