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

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

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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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 chlamydia affect the results of other STDs tests as sphilyis ?

Is chlamydia affect the results of other STDs tests as sphilyis ?

Independent results: Hi Mohamed, STD testing shows each infection independently, no need to worry that the test result for one is changing another. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the types of STDs or stis?

What are the types of STDs or stis?

Bacterial or viral: Bacterial- curable - gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, viral- non curable- hpv, herpes, hiv, hepatitis. ...Read more

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Which types of tests are there for cancer screening?

Which types of tests are there for cancer screening?

Many: It depends on which cancer you are looking for; there isn't just one test for all cancers. At your age, 30, the only cancer screening test recommended for all women is a pap test every 3 years. For a complete list of recommendations by age/gender (if you have an ipad/ipod/ipad is see the prevention checklist 2013 app. ...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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Does HIV DNA PCR have different assays for the strains of hiv1 and hiv2?

Does HIV DNA PCR have different assays for the strains of hiv1 and hiv2?

Yes, but complicated: Trying to tell whether a person has HIV-1, HIV-2, or both, can get complicated. If a person has high risk exposures or has symptoms, he can see an HIV Infectious Disease doctor and trust the advice, but follow-up as instructed. There are many different tests (usually by various manufacturers) in different parts of the world, which happen to have different prevalences for various HIV strains. ...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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Whats the procedure of getting tested for different types of stds? Especially those which has a symptom of penile discharge.

Whats the procedure of getting tested for different types of stds? Especially those which has a symptom of penile discharge.

STD evaluation: The STD evaluation for med usually consists of a history and physical, blood tests, and cultures taken from urine or culture of discharge from your urethra (a tiny swab is inserted for this). ...Read more

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How many different types of HIV antibody tests are there?

How many different types of HIV antibody tests are there?

Probably 4.: There are 4 known ways of testing for HIV and probably more being developed. Initial testing is by elisa (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), and if positive, confirmed by western blot or immunofluorescence assay (ifa). Less often, nucleic acid testing can help in diagnosis, but can be inconclusive due to insufficient sample, so another is collected and tested. ...Read more

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What are signs of HPV the STD ?

HPV: Many woman do not have not signs or symptoms with hpv. Hpv is a family of viruses, if you have the right one, you could have genital warts. ...Read more

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Celiac disease screening involves what kinds of tests?

Celiac disease screening involves what kinds of tests?

Bloodwork: Celiac disease is usually screened for (in the right patient) with blood tests. Depending on the results of these blood tests, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist to get a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. You have to be on a regular diet (not gluten-free!) for these tests to be valid. ...Read more

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Besides low-risk strains of HPV & secondary stage of syphilis, are there any other possible causes for genital warts?

Besides low-risk strains of HPV & secondary stage of syphilis, are there any other possible causes for genital warts?

Here are some...: Genital wart is specific for HPV-infected skin lesions. Known to us, one with one kind of STD has higher likelihood to have other kinds of STD coming along. Specific for HPV, many of the HPV-infected may remain asymptomatic and in 2-3 years, they become clear if no reinfection occurs. More? Ask the treating Doc for detail. ...Read more

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What are some non std causes of penile discharge?

What are some non std causes of penile discharge?

Nothing: Almost all penile discharge is due to an STD, usually gonorrhea, chlamydia, or nongonococcal urethritis. NGU is sometimes mistaken for a non-STD problem because no standard STD shows up on testing. But you only get it from sex. You and your sex partner(s) need treatment. Don't screw around with this; get care promptly. ...Read more

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Whats the syphilis testing window period? And how many type of tests there are?

Whats the syphilis testing window period? And how many type of tests there are?

90 days: Regarding the window period, if you may have been exposed to syphilis less than 3 months ago (window period) and get tested for syphilis, there is a risk of a false negative. There are many types of syphilis tests, including a rapid HIV-syphilis test and a rapid test for syphilis, both for use at the point of care. Most tests for syphilis are looking for antibodies. ...Read more

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What are the causes of STDs or stis?

STD: Sexualu transmitted diseases are cased by sexual contact. It includes but not limited to gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamidia. ...Read more

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Are all genital discharges a sign of an std?

Are all genital discharges a sign of an std?

No: Men with prostatitis may have a discharge that is not related to a std and in some females can have a "normal" vaginal discharge, but these should always be checked out. ...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