How Does STD Testing Work?

The best way to protect your sexual health is to get tested regularly, and the good thing is you have options. Take a look at the different testing methods below to find one that is convenient for you.
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  • Doctor Consultation Available
  • Fast Turnaround Of Results
  • Insurance Available

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Private Testing

Private STD testing is a great option for anyone looking for a discreet, fast and easy way to take care of their sexual health.

For testing at a private clinic, no appointment is needed and privacy is guaranteed.
Wait times are typically short; many clinics even offer same day testing. The test may include taking a blood or urine sample, or in some cases a mouth or genital swab, depending on your symptoms. The procedure will be clearly explained beforehand and a licensed healthcare professional will be available to discuss treatment options.
Results are turned around fast, usually within 2-3 business days , meaning you can get started quickly with any required treatment. You will receive your results in a private email, with the name of the lab and subject line visible only to you. Any further communication from the lab or testing provider is discreet, including billing.
In many cases, private testing is also a more affordable testing option. Many clinics offer multiple payment methods as well as a pay later option, and most insurance carriers are accepted, meaning low out of pocket expenses.

Advantages Of Private Testing

  • No appointment needed
  • Privacy guaranteed
  • Tests are FDA approved for safety
    and accuracy
  • Fast turnaround of results so
    treatment can begin sooner
  • Most insurance accepted

Advantages Of Private Testing

  • No appointment needed
  • Privacy guaranteed
  • Tests are FDA approved for safety
    and accuracy
  • Fast turnaround of results so
    treatment can begin sooner
  • Most insurance accepted

Home Testing

Home STD testing kits are convenient, easy to use, and private.

You can find home STD testing kits easily online, or in some neighborhood drug stores. Prices vary, so there’ll be one to fit your budget. However, accuracy can vary too, particularly with several brands to choose from. It’s important to do your research first and a good idea to ask a healthcare professional for their top recommendation.
The test can be performed in the comfort of your own home , meaning no queues or crowded waiting rooms, and complete privacy. Most at home kits require a urine sample or swab, or a small drop of blood if you are testing yourself for HIV. Everything you need to perform the test will be included in the kit, along with the packaging to return it to the designated lab.
Depending on the manufacturer you will be notified of your test results via mail, email, or a phone call, usually within 3-5 business days . If you test positive for an STD, an effective treatment may be suggested, and you will need to make an appointment with a licensed healthcare professional.

Advantages Of Home Testing

  • Easy to find online, at pharmacies and drug stores
  • Variety of brands
  • Test is simple to use
  • Complete privacy guaranteed
  • Prices vary so you can find one to fit your budget

Advantages Of Home Testing

  • Easy to find online, at pharmacies and drug stores
  • Variety of brands
  • Test is simple to use
  • Complete privacy guaranteed
  • Prices vary so you can find one to fit your budget

Public Testing

Public STD testing is a widely available and a well-established testing option.

It’s offered by community health clinics, found in most cities and small towns. They are either privately operated or part of a nationwide healthcare network. Long lines and crowded waiting rooms are common in public clinics, whether you are a walk-in patient or
have an appointment.
The testing process is straightforward . You’ll be asked basic questions about your sexual history and any symptoms you are experiencing. Testing usually includes taking a blood or urine sample, or in some cases a throat, genital or rectal swab, depending on your symptoms. The healthcare practitioner may also require a physical examination. In most cases you will be notified of your test results in less than a week and a trained professional should be available to explain your treatment options.
The cost of testing depends on the facility and can be based on income or welfare eligibility. Public STD clinics do accept most insurance policies , making it an affordable option for multiple tests. Some even offer free STD testing to combat rising infection rate.

Advantages Of Public Testing

  • Locations in most communities
  • Walk-in or make an appointment
  • Variety of testing methods to choose from
  • Counselors often available to answer questions
  • Insurance accepted in select clinics

Advantages Of Public Testing

  • Locations in most communities
  • Walk-in or make an appointment
  • Variety of testing methods to choose from
  • Counselors often available to answer questions
  • Insurance accepted in select clinics

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