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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

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


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Can a dermatologist test for all STDs if not what can they test for ?

Can a dermatologist test for all STDs if not what can they test for ?

Any doctor: Can order blood or urine tests. Dermatologists are not usually the docs who do tests for stds, but they certainly can. ...Read more

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Went to a clinic and they took my blood for STD testing. What STDs are they screening for?

Went to a clinic and they took my blood for STD testing. What STDs are they screening for?

Ask clinic: It would be best to ask this directly of the clinic. They may have a specific std panel that they draw. ...Read more

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When I want to get tested for HIV by the DNA PCR should I order 2 separate tests for hiv1 and hiv2 or this test can detect both?becuase its expensive

When I want to get tested for HIV  by the DNA PCR should I order 2 separate tests for hiv1 and hiv2 or this test can detect both?becuase its expensive

Depends: PCR is usually a "reflexive" test, run after an antibody test is positive, and depends on how ordered. You might consider contacting a health department, many will test for free. If your initial test is positive, they will almost certainly run a confirmation PCR test (for both types). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how precise is blood and culture tests for all stds?

Can you tell me how precise is blood and culture tests for all stds?

Hard to say: There are more than a dozen illnesses that can pass during sex.Some are straightforward and easily detected in standard tests while others may take weeks or months to trigger changes in antibody profiles and permit detection.As long as you help your doc with details of what you thing you were exposed to, or that you're not sure, a thorough search can be done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout pregnancy, what diseases can be detected with a blood test?

Can you tell me if throughout pregnancy, what diseases can be detected with a blood test?

Too many: New Genetic tests can detect more diseases than you can imagine. Just tell your doctor that you want to be tested for every disease that a test is available. ...Read more

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What can they test for during fasting blood test?

Standardize results: Many test are done fasting because food or drink can affect the results. Therefore, the standard measurements are done fasting to make them reproducible. Glucose and lipids are 2 tests that usually need to be performed in a fasting state. ...Read more

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Can you get a blood test to check for all std's?

No: Not all test for stds can be drawn with a single blood test. Some test need to be analyzed from the urine. ...Read more

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How can chlamydia be tested, by blood or urine?

Testing.: A swab is used to take a sample from a man's urethra or a woman's cervix. The specimen is analyzed at a lab. There are also tests that use a urine sample. ...Read more

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Blood tests. If sent to a laboratory, can they detect infection if bacteria die on the way?

Blood in culture med: Ium. If blood is sent to the lab for culture to detect bacteria, it is usually mixed with culture medium that allows the bacteria to stay viable and grow. There are other tests for bacterial infections that are not dependent on viable organisms and those rely on looking for antibodies to bacteria, in these cases bacteria are usually not present in the blood and viable ones are not needed. ...Read more

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Does blood need to be taken for an allegry test or can all be tested by prick?

50/50: Depends on what you are looking for. Allergy testing can be quite complicated and relies heavily on history and your clinical condition ( medications you are taking, overall health, etc) there are times when one is favored over the other and your allergist should be able to help you understand which is right for your condition. ...Read more

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Can you get tested for all std's and sti's by blood work and urine test?

Can you get tested for all std's and sti's by blood work and urine test?

Not quite: Urine testing (or vaginal swab) checks for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and blood tests are for syphilis, HIV, and sometimes herpes (HSV) and hepatitis B (depending on risks, symptoms, etc). Testing for HPV (with pap smear), trichomonas, and other vaginal infections requires pelvic exam. By the way, STD and STI are the same thing; there is no difference in meaning between the two abbreviations. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? Im pregnant and need to know.

Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? Im pregnant and need to know.

May be: A blood test will reveal if you have been exposed to the virus but will not tell if you have active genital infection. Examination by a gynecologist and examination of the cells/tissues may be needed for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What STDs are generally tested through a blood test ?

What STDs are generally tested through a blood test ?

HIV, HSV, syphilis: You don't have a diagnostic rash with HIV and a blood test is necessary for diagnosis. Herpes, or HSV you will have classic rash in the genital area with primary infection, and a blood test can confirm that. Also the RPR test is used for diagnosis of syphilis if not having classic chancres ...Read more