A Sexual Health FAQ

Unfortunately, sexually transmitted infections are an all too common occurrence in the lives of otherwise healthy people. Worldwide, 1 in 10 women in the age group 16–20 have Chlamydia. Syphilis has come back with a fifty-fold increase in its prevalence. Over the last decade, more and more people have been infected with HIV, and according to the CDC, 1 in 3 HIV-infected individuals do not realize they are infected. Over the last year, the incidence of Gonorrhea and Hepatitis B and C has increased while 1 in 5 sexually active people in the United States is believed to have the genital herpes Type 2 virus.

1 in 10

Women ages 16-20 have Chlamydia

1 in 3

People don’t know their infected

1 in 5

People in the US have the genital herpes type 2 virus

STD Frequently Asked Questions

These days, sexually transmitted infections are very common. As a matter of fact, STDs are by far one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today. Every year, the CDC estimates that there are about 19 million new infections in the United States. Currently the STDs are costing the U.S. health care system $17 billion every year. In the year 2010, 300,000 cases of Gonorrhea and 1.3 million Chlamydia cases were reported. 1 in 5 sexually active people in the United States has the Herpes Type 2 virus.
Sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia and HIV generally have no sign and symptom, so in most cases, infected people can go for years on before finding out that they have the infection. Nevertheless, sexually transmitted diseases sometimes manifest themselves in the form of discharges through the urethra or vagina, which can be pus-like or watery. A burning sensation when you urinate or pain before, during and after sex can also be a good indication that you might have contracted an infection. More frequent urination at night, swelling of the testes or vulva, blood in your urine, rashes around your genitals and pain in between your periods are also symptoms you may wish to watch our for. If you are currently showing any one of these symptoms, you have a reason to be worried.
If the above facts and figures are not enough to help you decide to get tested for the different STDs, then perhaps the fact that many STIs are asymptomatic for long periods of time will be. This basically means that of the different common STIs, many do not show signs and symptoms such that unless you get tested, you might go for years on before finding out at some point that you have been infected by a deadly virus or bacteria. By then, it might be too late for the infection to be treated. A classic example of such an STD is Syphilis. Syphilis is curable but if left untreated, it can develop a more serious form of the disease that can cause paralysis, blindness and even death. Other serious additional medical risks are also commonly associated with the different STDs including infertility in both men and women, increased risk of cancer, severe neurological damage and mental retardation and general deformities as well as seizures.
Any test you take at one of our Preferred Service Providers’ sexual health facilities is designed to provide you reliable and accurate results within 3 days. Your test results will be made available to you online or via phone such that you won’t receive any mail at home. A private email will notify you that your test results are available and you then simply have to log in to a secured website or call to access your test results.

STD tests are never 100% accurate and that’s mostly because many of the STIs don’t show up right away. In some cases, it can take an infection anywhere from a couple of days to a few months to show up in testing. Our Preferred Service Providerstests are reliable and accurate as per industry standards.

No. To attend the recommended sexual health facilities, you do not need any referral letter from your General Practitioner (GP). Our Preferred Service Providers operate an open access sexual health service that you can attend with or without an appointment.
At Safer STD Testing, we believe that you have the right to be in full control of your sexual health and that’s why Safer STD Testing works with nationally reputed companies that specialize in providing private, confidential, non-judgmental and fast STD testing services. Your personal information is fiercely guarded and the testing is done at the nation’s most respected diagnostic laboratories.
All the major credit cards or payment via Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flex Spending Accounts (FSAs), eChecks, accepted for private STD Testing by our preferred service providers. Your health insurance may not be acceptable at a few select PSPs. Hence we recommend you check prior to ordering your tests.  A cancellation policy allows you to receive a full or partial refund on any order you place with our service providers within specified days of making payment and before visiting one of the testing facilities.
Pricing is highly competitive with individual private STD tests. You can also use low-cost comprehensive private STD panel tests. To learn more about all the services, or to be tested in complete discretion and confidence, call our private STD test providers now at 1-800-671-4595  or visit the pricing page.

Pricing or availability of your STD testing at public clinics may vary depending upon on the test and your eligibility determined by your income and other criteria. We suggest you to contact the specific public clinic to understand your pricing and options.

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Clearly, sexual health is an important issue in the world of today and that’s mostly because people find it hard to talk about their sexual health. The STIs are spreading far and wide and that’s to a large extent because people refuse to acknowledge the existence of the sexually transmitted infections. If you’ve been pushed into having sex or you’ve had unprotected sex and you have reasons to fear that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, you might have several questions about the different sexually transmitted diseases and STD testing. The FAQ above will answer most of your questions. If you can’t find your question below, you can contact your local health provider. If you are considering private STD testing and need these answers, please call the number on top of the page for additional assistance.

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