Frequently Asked STD Testing Questions
What you need to know before you get tested.
They can also be passed on from an infected person to you during intravenous drug use like sharing a needle and even nonsexual contact like breastfeeding or childbirth.
There are many types of STD’s. These include Herpes, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea.
Syphilis, HIV and others are tested for by the drawing of blood or a pinprick to the finger. If you are afraid of needles or your pain tolerance is low this can hurt.
Others require swabs from sores that may be open which could cause some pain. Women can feel discomfort during a pelvic examination.
NOTE: You may be asked to show some or all of the following types of identification; birth certificate, drivers license, proof of income (pay stub), proof of residence. We list all the requirements of each clinic on the listing page.
We have reviewed the best options that are available to you, and created an in-depth guide to help you better understand the process of an at home STD test. Learn more at our at home std testing page
There are, however, online services available that will be able to provide you with your test results within 24 – 48 hours as it is emailed directly to you.
Although this term is thought to be the same thing and used interchangeable there is actually a difference. An STI is a viral or bacterial infection that enters the body.
When these organisms begin multiplying, an infection, will in time and if not treated properly, turn into an STD.
As explained, intravenous drug use places you at risk as well.
Transmission of most STD’s can be avoided by using latex or polyurethane condoms when engaging in sex but this is not a 100% guarantee.
If you have recently engaged in unprotected sex it is advisable to go as soon as possible. If you regularly have sex without protection you should consider going every few months.
You must understand that you are also then not only at risk of having contracted HIV if you engage in such activities but a whole lot of other STD’s as well.
There is the possibility of contracting several STD’s at once.
You may consider getting tested for an STD if you have cold sores, discharge, sores, boils, rashes, itchiness, blisters, legions, funny smells, bumps, white spots in your pubic hair, or feel a burning sensation when you pee or it is smelly and dark in color.
The only other way that you will know this is if this person is open and honest you by telling you about their sexual history.