you’ve never have been tested for STDs, you may be a bit scared.
There’s no real reason to be at least when it comes to getting
tested. After all, it’s a key part of being sexually healthy, as
being ignorant about your body’s health is not a good thing. Some
of your anxiety stems from not knowing what happens when you go on
for STD testing.
Dr. Shelia Loanzon said most of the STD testing is negative, but a
person can give themselves some peace of mind getting the test and
knowing for sure if they are negative. Since STD symptoms are often
asymptomatic (meaning no symptoms at all), it’s important sexually
active persons get tested for STDs. She said it’s important to know
and get treated, and knowing that a person is negative gives them
said there are many ways in which to test a person for STDs – lab
work is done for HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis. A urine test
or culture swab is needed to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Could You Expect When You Go For STD Testing?
Determines Risk Factors
an STD test is ordered, your doctor is going to ask you several
questions. They are asking them to determine the likelihood of an
STD. Some of these risk factors include a new sexual partner in the
last two months, more than one sex partner, lack of condom use, sex
with prostitutes or other sex workers, trading sex for drugs or
money, age, previous STD history, illegal drug use, etc.
STDs need a blood sample to test for the diseases, but with others,
you may have to undergo a vaginal screening of your cervix. According
to Loanzon, a speculum is placed inside the vagina and a swab inside
the cervix. The swab will not pain, but the speculum is known to
cause some discomfort when inserted. A vaginal cervical screening is
done for both chlamydia and gonorrhea, which should be done if a
person is 25 years old or younger.
swab sample is then sent to a lab, and the doctor may choose to do a
pelvic exam to ensure there is no pelvic inflammatory disease.
you choose not to do the cervical screening, blood tests will be done
for syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
In 48 Hours or Less
testing has been done, you’ll need to wait for the results. This
can take up to 48 hours. When they get the results, they may ask you
to come back into the office or have someone call you about the
results. If a test comes back positive, the results are given to you
as well as the Public Health office of the community you reside in.
The key for this is to track the infections to ensure it doesn’t
become a health crisis.
is the only STD that isn’t included in routine cervical screening
or blood tests. So, if a person believes they may have genital
herpes, they need to inform the doctor.
Loanzon said even though people understand what happens at an STD screening, they may still have anxiety. If this is the case for you, you need to determine what is triggering your stress and anxiety. This will help you to figure out what can ease your fears and mind. If going alone is what scares you, consider going with a partner or trusted friend. STD testing should be nothing to fear, and getting screened means you regain control of your health.