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What is the suggestion for hiv and std testing after a significant exposure to completely rule our infection? When can I do test ?

What is the suggestion for hiv and std testing after a significant exposure to completely rule our infection? When can I do test ?

Within 2-3 weeks: also get checked for all other possible STDs if having unprotected intercourse. The gift wrapped answer is condoms if all tests are negative. ...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 long does each type of STD testing results take to come in? My bf said he was negative the same day he was tested could he be lying? Gonorrhea

How long does each type of STD testing results take to come in? My bf said he was negative the same day he was tested could he be lying? Gonorrhea

Most within 24 hrs.: Most standard std testing results can be obtained within 24 hours depending on the labs availability with the exception of syphilis testing which can take up to 1 week. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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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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?

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?

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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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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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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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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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 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?

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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Do urologists do STD testing?

Any doctor can: Any doctor can diagnose stds. The cdc has excellent information on stds at: http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.Htm and added links from this webpage. ...Read more

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Could the STD testing list include hiv?

Could the STD testing list include hiv?

Yes,but: In some states you must agree i writing for HIV testing. Routine testing may exclude or include the test.I would just ask the staff. ...Read more

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Is it possible to obtain a prescription through an STD testing facility?

Contact facility: Each facility is different regarding the variety of medical services provided. I would contact the individual facility to find out. ...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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How often do you need to get STD testing if you are sexually active? What counts as "sexually active"?

How often do you need to get STD testing if you are sexually active? What counts as "sexually active"?

It varies a lot: "Sexually active" can mean anything from mutually monogamous with one uninfected partner to multiple casual sex partners (perhaps without condoms) every week. The first doesn't need STD testing at all, the second as often as once a month. Sex of partners is important -- higher risk for gay men than straight men and women. For most hetersexual singles, every 6-12 months probably is about right. ...Read more

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

Possible...: How long should one wait to collect urine for testing STD? There is no firm set rule, but it is sensible to wait for 2-4 hairs at least so to let the std-related germs produce enough amount of their metabolic residual for testing; of course, make sure to collect the first (dirty) part of urine, not the midstream. That is why the first part of morning urine is the best specimen for testing STD. ...Read more

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I got urethritis last year and since keep STD testing. Neg for gon/chlam 5x! 3 Swab, 2 Urine. Any possible chance I could STILL have them? If so, how?

Stop Testing: If your physician has not prophylactically treated you with Azithromycin and A shot of Ceftriaxone regardless of the test results you need a new physician. Any public health oriented or STD expert will remind you that these tests can be falsely negative. Any sexually active male with these symptoms needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. Can I go for an STD testing while on my periods and also what are the effects of delaying and not testing for STI's immediately?

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Can I go for an STD testing while on my periods and also what are the effects of delaying and not testing for STI's immediately?

Most tests OK: The most important tests (gonorrhea, chlamydia) are equally accurate during menstruation. Diagnosis of vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis or yeast are less accurate, especially if a tampon is used in the hours before testing. Probably safe to delay until period is over, but no more. Delay risks complications like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can be very serious. ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

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