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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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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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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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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 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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Infectolab vs igenex what's more accurate? For Lyme testing ?

Infectolab vs igenex 
what's more accurate? For Lyme testing ?

Lyme disease: Both of these commercial laboratories hold themselves out as experts on serological and other testing for lyme disease which is often diagnosed based primarily upon the manner of clinical presentation. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are RNA tests accurate for testing for HIV?

Are RNA tests accurate for testing for HIV?

Yes, but...: The HIV RNA tests are checking for the presence of certain parts of HIV. When positive, it can give us an idea of how much HIV is present. Most of the time, when positive, it highly suggests HIV infection. However, in rare instances, there can be false positive tests, which mean that a positive test may represent something else, not HIV. Thus, the best test for HIV is a standard HIV antibody test. ...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 pap tests check for stds?

Do pap tests check for stds?

Indirectly for some: Pap smears test for abnormal cervical cells— dysplasia or metaplasia—which lead to biopsies. Any std that causes such changes in the cervical cells, such as hpv, will thus be indirectly tested for. Generally, there are other tests for most stds: culture, wet prep, smear of discharge, blood tests. ...Read more

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Does an STD test test for hpv?

Does an STD test test for hpv?

Not usually: Hpv is something a great many people get exposed to, and most will have no symptoms from it, nor is there anything to do about it even if it is positive without symptoms/lesions. ...Read more

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Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Does an STD test or pap smear test for HIV/aids?

Not necessarily: A specific HIV test has to be ordered by the doctor. Usually the doctor will inform the patient (or ask permission) before doing an HIV test, so if there was no discussion about it, most likely the test wasn't done. OTOH, everyone tested for STDs should also be tested for HIV, but different doctors and clinics have different policies, however. Call the office and ask directly. ...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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How accurate are sexually transmitted infection tests?

How accurate are sexually transmitted infection tests?

Most very accurate!: From very common chlamydia, others, such as syphilis, hep c, hep b, hiv, gonorrhea, trichomonas can be acurately diagnosed1. ...Read more

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How could planned parenthood give STD test results?

How could planned parenthood give STD test results?

Unclear question: If you visit planned parenthood and request a test for stds, they may accommodate you if you agree to be tested, usually by testing urine, blood and pap smear. ...Read more

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Which test to confirm oral transmitted std?

Which test to confirm oral transmitted std?

Which one?: There are a number of std's that can be orally transmitted. If you get tested, they will know what to order. ...Read more

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How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

Home tests: I have not heard of those tests being reliable or not so it is best to see your healthcare worker for testing. ...Read more

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Current STD screening recommendations?

Current STD screening recommendations?

Risk-based: Talk to your healthcare provider about specific concerns! in general, if you are a woman under 25, test for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year, and over 25 if you have new partners or multiple partners. Hiv/syphilis/hepatitis testing if you have another std, have had more than one partner since your last test, or use injection drugs. Pap tests every other year (age 21-30) or every three (age 30-64). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

Sexually transmitted infections can be viral, bacterial or caused by protozoa. They are ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

A sexually transmitted disease is an infection which is ...Read more