How do you test for chlamydia?
All our labs use a urine sample to test for chlamydia. When you get to one of our labs near you, all you have to provide is a urine sample. You will not be required to undress or go through swabbing.
How do I prepare for a chlamydia test?
The preparation for a chlamydia test is as easy as avoiding urinating for at least one hour before the test.
When should I test for chlamydia?
If you suspect you might have come in contact with chlamydia, you might want to get tested between one and five days after the suspected exposure. This means that it is a good idea to wait for at least 24 hours after exposure to get tested for accurate results. If you get positive results, it is important to go through treatment and once done, wait for at least 21-28 days and get tested again.
What should I expect in the results?
After the test, you will get detailed results. If they are negative, it means that there was no trace of chlamydia. If they are positive, it means that the test found traces of the chlamydia bacteria. Keep in mind that there is a chance of inaccurate results if you test too soon after infection. This is why our professional doctors recommend waiting for at least 24 hours after exposure before testing.
Is there a cure for chlamydia?
Fortunately, chlamydia is among STDs that can be cured using antibiotics. After a positive diagnosis, you can talk to one of our doctors for a discreet prescription that can be picked at a pharmacy near you.
Who should get tested for chlamydia?
Anyone is at risk of getting a chlamydia infection. About 3 million cases of new chlamydia infections are reported every year according to reports from the CDC. Chlamydia does not have symptoms in most of the cases and this has contributed to its rapid spread. For this reason, it is important for all sexually active individuals to get a chlamydia test regularly or when they have sexual contact with new partners.
Is the gonorrhea test a urine or blood test?
We use urine to test for gonorrhea. You only need to provide a small urine sample at our approved labs for the gonorrhea test.
Is there a specific gonorrhea test preparation?
There is no special preparation for a gonorrhea test a part from avoiding urination one hour before the test.
When should I get the gonorrhea test?
Though anyone can get gonorrhea, there is a difference in the body’s reaction to the bacteria that causes the infection. This means that there is no specific incubation time though it is recommended that you wait for between two and six days after suspected exposure to get tested. This will allow the fully development of the bacteria for accurate diagnosis. In case you test positive and go through treatment, it is a good idea to test again two weeks after you complete the treatment to ensure the bacteria is completely eliminated.
What should I expect in the gonorrhea test results?
If the test did not find any traces of the bacteria, it will come back negative. In case there are traces of the bacteria in your urine, the test will come back positive. Keep in mind that testing too soon after exposure might result in inaccurate results. This is why the 2 to 6 day wait after exposure is recommended.
Is there a cure for gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea, like chlamydia, is an STD that can be cured through the use of antibiotics. Our doctors are ready to give you advice if you test positive for gonorrhea. They can also go a step further and discreetly prescribe the right medication to cure the infection.
Who should get tested for gonorrhea?
Anyone who is sexually active needs to get tested for STDs including gonorrhea. If left untreated, gonorrhea might result in more serious health issues. If you notice symptoms such s a rash around the genitals, burning sensation when urinating or odd sores, you and your sexual partner need to get a gonorrhea test immediately.
Is the hepatitis A test a blood or urine test?
Our accurate hepatitis A test requires just a small blood sample. You just need to visit one of our labs and a lab technician will get the small blood sample for the test.
Is there a special hepatitis A test preparation?
Since it is a blood test, there is no need for any preparations for the test.
When should I get a hepatitis a test?
Hepatitis A virus has a 28 day incubation period. For this reason, it is recommended that you wait for at least 2 to 7 weeks after suspected exposure for a test. Though the hepatitis A virus might not cause chronic liver disease, there are rare cases where the infection is fatal. Between 10 and 15% of hepatitis A patients might have a symptoms relapse within six months after they complete treatment
Where did I get the hepatitis A virus?
The most common means of transmission involve ingestion of contaminated fecal matter. This means that the virus can also be transmitted through anal-oral sexual activities.
What Can I expect in the test results?
The results will either be negative or positive. Negative results indicate that there was no trace of hepatitis A in your blood and positive results indicate that you have a hepatitis A infection. Your hepatitis A test result will say positive or negative.
Is there a cure for hepatitis A?
There is still no cure for hepatitis A infection. The best treatment involves liver function monitoring by your doctor to ensure that it is working properly. It is important to protect yourself and those around you from hepatitis A infection by practicing personal hygiene and getting the hepatitis A infection vaccine. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for children under 1 year, people at risk of hepatitis A complications and anyone interested in protecting themselves against the virus.
Who should get tested for hepatitis A?
Anyone is at risk of getting infected with hepatitis A. However, there are people who are at a higher risk of hepatitis A infection including people who practice anal-oral sex, drug users, travelers who visit areas where hepatitis A infection is high, and men who have sex with other men.
Do you use urine or blood to test for hepatitis B?
Our accurate hepatitis B test uses a small blood sample and this is all you have to provide at one of our STD testing labs.
Is there any hepatitis B test preparation?
Since it is a small blood sample that is required for the test, you do not have to go through any specific preparations.
When should I get a hepatitis B test?
Since it might not be easy to detect hepatitis B in a blood sample 3 weeks after exposure, our doctors recommend that you should wait for at least 6 weeks after suspected exposure to get the hepatitis B test. Hepatitis B does not have noticeable symptoms most of the times and this makes it difficult to know f you are infected. When symptoms are resent, they will show up between 6 weeks and 6 months after infection. About 50% of adults with hepatitis B do not experience any symptoms. Those who have symptoms experience lower abdomen tenderness, loss of appetite, tiredness, vomiting, nausea, headache, hives, fever, and joint pains. If you have experienced some of thees symptoms or you cave come into contact with someone with hepatitis B, you should consider getting tested for the virus.
What should I expect in the results?
If the results come back negative, it means there were no traces of hepatitis B found in your blood sample. If they come back positive it means that the test found traces of the hepatitis B virus in your blood sample. Our doctors are ready and willing to talk you through positive results and advice you accordingly.
Is there a hepatitis B cure?
Though there is no cure for hepatitis B, about 90% of adults who get infected with hepatitis B can eliminate the virus from their bodies without treatment. If you test for hepatitis B and results are positive for a period exceeding 6 months, it means that you have chronic hepatitis B and should see a doctor as soon as possible. People with chronic hepatitis B live long healthy lives with proper management and prevention of liver damage.
Who should get tested for hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is contagious and can affect anyone. It is recommended that people at a greater risk of contracting the virus should get tested regularly. These are people who share intravenous drug injection tools, people who have unprotected sex or those who live with people who are infected with the virus. Hepatitis B should be part of a routine STD check especially for people who are sexually active.
Hepatitis C refers to a contagious infection that results form a hepatitis C virus infection. It is a common blood-borne infection in the US with over 3.2 million people having the virus. It is transmitted through coming into contact with infected blood such as when people share intravenous drug injection tools or in the health industry. Though possible, it is rare for the infection to be spread through sexual activities. The infection does not have symptoms in its early stages making it easy to spread.
Is the hepatitis C test a blood or urine test?
Our hepatitis C test uses a small sample of blood. It is an FDA-approved test that scans for hepatitis C antibodies in the blood sample that are released as a mechanism to fight the virus. Our professional doctors recommend this test as a routine test to check for chronic and acute hepatitis C infections.
How did I get hepatitis C?
In most cases, hepatitis C moves from one person to the other trough coming into contact with infected blood. The infection can also be transmitted through organ transplant, blood transfusion, anal an vaginal sex.
When should I get a hepatitis C test?
It takes 8 to 9 weeks for hepatitis C antibodies to be detectable in the blood after infection. This is why it is recommended that you should give the body enough time to develop hepatitis C antibodies after suspected exposure before testing for accuracy. .
Is there preparation for hepatitis C testing?
he hepatitis C test only requires a small blood sample and thus does not need any special preparations.
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1?
Commonly referred as oral herpes, the herpes simplex virus type 1 is and infection that affects the lips, gums or mouth. The infection results in painful blisters that most people refer to as cold sores. There are many people living with this virus though most of them are not aware since the virus does not have symptoms in most of the cases.
Is the oral herpes test blood or swab test?
Our testing centers use a small blood sample to test for herpes simplex virus type 1. The test is from the CDC and can tell that the virus is type 1 and not type 2. It specifically scans for HSV-1 antibodies in the blood sample.
How did I get herpes 1?
Herpes can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or through kissing someone with the virus. It is also possible to get infected if you come in contact with items that have been touched by an infected person including dishes, towels, razors, needles, and other personal items.
When should I get the oral herpes test?
It might take the body about 2 to 6 months to develop antibodies to fight the virus. Since the oral herpes test scans for antibodies, it is recommended that you wait for at least 4 to 6 weeks after suspected exposure to take the oral herpes test. Oral herpes might not be life threatening but it can move to the eyes and cause blindness.
How do I prepare for an oral herpes test?
You do not need to prepare since the test only requires a small blood sample.
What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is an STD caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2. However, there are chances of herpes simplex virus type 1 causing genital herpes. As the name suggests the infection affects the genital area and causes painful blisters and sores. According to the CDC, there are over 770,000 genital herpes infection in the US every year. These numbers also show that 1 in every 6 people between 14 and 49 years is infected with the virus making is one of the most common STDs.
Is the genital herpes test a urine or blood test?
We use an FDA-approved test that scans the body for herpes simplex virus 2 antibodies. You will only need to provide a small blood sample for the test. The test can differentiate the type of herpes simplex virus you have for better management.
How did I get genital herpes?
The virus is spread through sexual contact. This includes vaginal, oral and anal sex with an infected person. The main reason why the virus spreads so fast is because most infected people do not show any symptoms but can still transmit it.
When should I get a genital herpes test?
It is recommended that you wait for between 4 and 6 weeks after suspected exposure to get tested for herpes simplex virus type 2. This is because the body will have developed the antibodies that are detected by the test.
How do I prepare for a genital herpes test?
Since the test only requires a small blood sample, you will not need any special preparation.
Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome or HIV is the infection that causes AIDS.The HIV virus works by attacking the body’s immune system. This way, the body is too weak to even fight diseases and infection that it fights without medication when not infected. There is still no HIV cure and this mean it is a lifelong infection. However, there are modern HIV treatments that are effective in keeping the body healthy and reducing the chances of transmitting the virus.
What should I expect in the HIV test?
We use the 4th generation duo antibody/antigen HIV test that is approved by the FDA. You can also take the RNA test which is also accurate and fast.
How does HIV spread?
Sexual intercourse is the main way HIV spreads. The virus can exist in the blood, pre-seminal fluid, semen, vaginal fluids, and rectal fluids. It is also possible for a HIV positive mother to infect their child through breast feeding. people who practice anal sex are at a greater risk of HIV infection followed by those who practice unsafe sex and people who share intravenous drug injection tools.
When should I take the HIV test?
If you are taking the antibody HIV test, you will need to wait for the body to develop antibodies which will be detected by the test. The waiting period might be 25 days to 2 months. The RNA test can detect the virus within 9-11 days of infection.
How do I prepare for a HIV test?
There is no need for any physical preparation for a HIV test. However, it is a good idea to be mentally prepared when taking an STD test.
What is syphilis?
Syphilis is an STD caused by the the Treponema pallidum bacterium. Syphilis is known to cause life threatening complications if left untreated or if not treated properly. According to the CDC, there are over 56,000 new syphilis infection every year in the US. Since the syphilis infection has symptoms that mimic other diseases in its early stages, it might not be caught early and thus progresses to other stages. The chancre is the first syphilis stage and appears in the rectum, anus, vagina or genitals. the chancre appears where the virus first entered the body. If not treated, the virus will move to the next stage and cause lesions on the mucous membrane and rashes on the skin, and sores which might appear on the anus, vagina, or mouth. The last stage of syphilis does not have symptoms and if not treated for a long time, it causes organ damage and can be fatal.
What should I expect in the syphilis test?
We use the Rapid Plasma Reagin, an FDA-approved syphilis test that scans for antibodies developed by the body to combat the infection.
How did I get syphilis?
Syphilis can cause lesions and sores and coming into direct contact with the infected areas can transmit the infection. The chancres can be found around the genital areas which makes sexual contact one of the easiest way to spread syphilis. It is also possible for a pregnant mother to transmit the infection to their baby during pregnancy.
When should I get a syphilis test?
For accuracy, it is recommended that you wait for at least 3 to 6 weeks after suspected exposure to get a syphilis test.
How do I prepare for a syphilis test?
The syphilis test does not require any special preparation.
See our Syphilis Testing information.