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Q: What is an STD?
A sexually transmitted disease or STD refers to any infection that is transmitted through sexual contact. This includes vaginal, oral, and anal sex. These diseases can also be transmitted through nonsexual engagements such as childbirth, breastfeeding or intravenous drug injections. In the United States, there are over 19 million cases of STD infection every year. This is according to reports from the CDC. The rapid spread of STDs can be attributed to the fact that some of these infections do not display signs and symptoms. That said, the best way to be sure of your status is to get tested. It is recommended that sexually active people should get tested for STDs at least once or twice. Knowing your status will help you protect yourself and the people around you.
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Why Should I Get STD Tests?
Getting tested for different STDs is taking control of your health. There are many different STDs and some of them like Chlamydia and gonorrhea will not show obvious symptoms but will still spread from one person to the other. Though there is no comprehensive test for all STDs, you can test for specific common STDs separately. It is important to get tested together with your partner because the lack of symptoms does not necessarily mean the absence of an infection.
Will I Know When I Get Infected With An STD?
Well, there are many people who have an STD and are not aware. This is because some of the infections will not display any symptoms. This is the main reason why fighting STD infection spread has become a difficult task. Getting tested for different STDs is the best way to be sure of your status and be part of the fight against these infections.
Where Do I Get Tested For An STD?
We have ensured that anyone can find a testing center through our STD testing centers page. You will only need to enter your location and you will get a couple of centers that are near you. At these centers, you can test for all STDs including HIV, herpes, HPV, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, trichomoniasis, syphilis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. We have a comprehensive test panel that test for different STDs to make sure you know your status. We can also help you choose the STD test that might be best for you.
Can You Get STD Through Oral Sex?
The simple answer to this question is yes. Unprotected oral sex puts you in the same vulnerable position as unprotected sex. Though oral sex is less risky when compared to vaginal and anal sex, it still carries STD infection risks. There are STDs that can be transmitted through mouth sores and open wounds while others, like herpes, are transmitted through skin contact. Though condoms are not a sure protection, they greatly reduce STD infection risks.
Are The STD Tests Accurate?
You can trust the STD test results you get from our STD testing centers. All our labs have been certified by CLIA and the tests you will get have been approved and cleared by the FDA. These are the same labs that work with most hospitals and doctor offices near you.
How Is The STD Test Done?
Our testing centers use urine samples for STDs such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia and blood samples for syphilis, HIV, herpes, and hepatitis. This simply means that there are no uncomfortable processes and the sample collection should take less than 10 minutes.
Is There Support My Test Results Are Positive?
We have doctors ready to provide the guidance you need in case your test results are positive. You just need a simple call and we will schedule a consultation.