How to get tested for STDs
- Urine and blood tests. How do doctors test for STDs using your blood and urine?
- Swabs. Many physicians use urethral, cervical, or vaginal swabs for STD testing.
- HPV testing and Pap smears. A Pap smear is a type of test that looks for the presence of abnormal cells in the cervix, which may indicate early cervical cancer.
- Physical examination.
Which STD tests should I get?
There is no single STD test that can test for all STDs—let alone give you a full and accurate picture of your sexual health. Sexually active individuals should be regularly screened for at least chlamydia, gonorrhea, and cervical cancer. The CDC also recommends universal HIV testing.
What STDs are tested by urine?
Most STDs like Chlamydia and Syphilis can be diagnosed by a urine test for STD. A urine test for STD is an easy and possibly anonymous test that could be conducted by an individual. It requires a small sample of urine and the collection procedure can be performed at home as well.
What are STD testing procedures?
STD testing may include:
- A urine test – you just pee into a cup.
- A cheek swab – you rub the inside of your cheek with a soft swab to test for HIV.
- A blood test – your nurse or doctor takes blood from your arm or a quick finger prick.
- A physical exam – your nurse or doctor looks at your genital area to check for warts, sores, rashes, irritation, or discharge.
How are STD tests done?
STI testing is done by taking swabs and collecting body fluids, which are sent to the lab. Testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis is done with a blood sample. Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea is done with a urine sample, and/or a swab of your genitals, throat or anus.
What is recommended STD testing?
Doctors may use urine tests to check for the presence of gonorrhea or chlamydia, for example. Alternatively, doctors may send swabs of the inside of the penis or cervix to a lab to check for these STDs. Blood tests are usually used to check for syphilis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and hepatitis.
How do you take a home STD test?
People can test for other STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, using home testing kits. These tests usually consist of taking a urine sample or a swab from the genital area to a lab facility for testing. Get an at-home test kit at a drugstore or online.
How long do at home STD results take?
How Long Do STD Results Take from Home? From start to finish, the full process takes between three and eleven days. That’s counting from the moment you click “Order” to the moment you get your lab-certified results! Here’s a brief overview of convenient myLAB Box process: Order Your Test Online. This first step will be over in a snap!
What is included in a STD test?
A typical full-panel STD test includes a urine test for Chlamydia and gonorrhea, and a blood test for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C. It doesn’t always include all STIs.