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How do you get tested for std?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Depends on the STD

Syphilis is diagnosed with a blood test.
Gonorrhea and chlamydia are diagnosed either with urine tests (for urethral or cervical infections) or from swabs taken from the vagina, rectum, or throat. The swabs can be sent for culture, dna probes, or nucleic acid amplification tests (naats). Those are the "big 3, " but there are other stds.

In brief: Depends on the STD

Syphilis is diagnosed with a blood test.
Gonorrhea and chlamydia are diagnosed either with urine tests (for urethral or cervical infections) or from swabs taken from the vagina, rectum, or throat. The swabs can be sent for culture, dna probes, or nucleic acid amplification tests (naats). Those are the "big 3, " but there are other stds.
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