General STD Questions

STD is short for sexually transmitted disease, commonly known as venereal disease. This is an infection that is transmitted primarily through vaginal sex, anal sex or oral sex. An STD can also be transmitted through intravenous drug injection

The most common STDS include Chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, genital herpes, oral herpes, HIV 1, HIV 2, and syphilis among others. We test for all STDs.

Generally, there is no major difference. However, technically, STIs are sexually transmitted infections. STDs are infections that become diseases.

The only sure way to know if you have an STD infection is to get tested.

Each STD comes with its own symptoms. You can learn more about STD symptoms.

Yes. There are many STDs that will not have noticeable signs and symptoms. You should get tested to know your status.

All STDS can be transmitted through sexual contact but some can also be spread through other means.

Yes. You can get an STD through other means apart from vaginal sex. This can be through oral sex, anal sex, and intravenous recreational drug injections. Learn more about risky behavior.

When diagnosed early, most STDs are manageable and curable. However, some, like herpes and HIV have no cure but can be managed effectively through treatment plans.

Condoms decrease the chances of contracting STDs but will not protect you 100%. This is because some STDs can affect areas that condoms will not cover.

Once you have been treated for an STD, you can still get the same STD again.

Yes. The truth is that most STDs will increase the risk of contracting other STDs.

There are different waiting periods for different STDs before getting tested after initial exposure. Learn different STD waiting periods.

We have an anonymous service where a person who has used our testing services can inform a previous partner to get tested. The information is anonymous which means no one knows who sent it. Call us if you have any questions.

Specific Questions About STDs

Most people refer to oral herpes which is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 as cold sores. This is based on the sores the virus causes around the lips or mouth. You can get herpes through kissing and sharing utensils and other personal items such as toothbrushes.

No. HIV refers the infection while AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV. Though the virus is the same, they are different conditions.

Though both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are caused by bacterial infections, they’re caused by two different bacteria and may produce different symptoms.

Learn more about Chlamydia
Learn more about Gonorrhea

Yes. Though oral herpes is mainly caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 and genital herpes is mainly caused by herpes simplex virus type 2, there are cases of HSV-1 causing genital herpes and HSV-2 causing oral herpes.

It is not easy to tell exactly what symptoms mean. The only way to be sure is to get tested.

Our live chat representatives cannot diagnose you online. The best way to know your status is to get tested.

Express STD Testing Frequently Asked Questions

The process of getting tested is a fast easy one at Express STD Testing. You make an order for the STD test you want, visit one of our testing centers and get tested. Wait for 1 to 2 business days and receive your results.

For accuracy, our tests are only done at certified testing centers.

Yes. We take pride in the accurate tests we provide. You can rest assured that the results you get are 99% accurate. It is important to get tested after the STD’s incubation period for accurate results.

Our tests are certified by CLIA and our tests are approved by the FDA. You can trust us for privacy and accurate STD test results.

You do not need a prescription from a physician to get tested. Just order the test and visit one of our testing centers.

Accessing your account is as easy as accessing most accounts. You can register using your phone number or email. This means you will use the phone number and a password or your email and a password to access the account depending on what you used.

STD Results FAQ

Most STD results will be available after 1 or 2 days. Some, like Trichomoniasis and HIV RNA may take an extra day because of the process involved


You will have an online account where you can view your STD results. If you choose not to be contacted when ordering, you will have to contact us to get your results.

No. We strive to maintain confidentiality and this means that our representatives will not access your results for you. Our care advisors will, however, check your results for you

If your results come back positive, you can pay for consultation fees and a prescription. The prescription can be available at your local pharmacy. You can also get a prescription for your partner at an additional cost.

Pricing & Packages

Express STD testing offer competitive pricing for the best and most accurate lab tests.

Plans & Pricing

STD Test Reminder
What should I be regularly tested for?

Your sexually health is important to you, your mate and your future.  Learn what STD tests are best for your lifestyle, and schedule a reminder.

Schedule Reminder

Taking The STD Test FAQ

When you receive your order form and the test code, you are ready to take the test. You can access the order form online. If the order delays, contact us.


You can get tested at any of our 4500 testing centers nationwide. Enter your location and you will get a list of centers near you. Find an STD center near you.

It is not a must you make an appointment. However, if you would like to take the test fast, you can call us for an appointment.

You will just be in the lab for a few minutes- typically less than 5. You just walk in, give the sample and walk out.

In case of any delays, you might have to wait because the center needs more time. However, you will still get tested.

Our testing centers test for many conditions and no one will know why you are there.

Choosing The right STD Test FAQ

Our tests are based on urine and blood samples for accuracy purposes.

You can get tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Genital herpes, Oral herpes, HIV 1 & 2, and Syphilis. This can be an individual test or a package or a few STDs.

At the moment, we do not have free STD tests. We always strive to make the tests affordable and accessible.

If you are going for a urine test, avoid urinating an hour before the test. Generally, there are no specific preparations for the test.

Trust and Privacy FAQ

Our testing process is 100% private. You will not have to use your name at the testing center. You will get a code that you can use in place of your name and to track the testing process.


Yes. We use 128-bit encryption to make sure that the communication between you and our site is secure.

Express STD Testing adheres to HIPAA privacy Rule to protect your privacy. Our experts use standards above what is in the industry and maintain integrity and accuracy throughout the testing process.

Payment Options FAQ

We accept debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, cashiers checks, PayPal, and money orders among many others. Check out our payment options for more details.


There is a “pay later” option that allows you to get tested without paying. To get your results, you will have pay.

Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance. This is to make sure that your medical information stays confidential.

It is possible to cancel an order any time before you visit the testing center.  You will get a refund without 20% for the cancellation. If the cancellation is 21 days after the order, you will get credit for a future test.