STD TESTING DEFINITIONSTD testing is an umbrella term for different testing techniques that will help diagnose sexually transmitted diseases.
STD TESTING PURPOSEAn STD testing is done in many different ways. This is suggested if your doctor suspects a specific condition. Prior to testing, your risk factors for a particular STD will be measured. The test will be done accordingly, after assessing the specific condition that you are at high risk for.
STD TESTING RISKSAs mentioned, there are many different tests under this huge umbrella. No one risk of complication can be identified with them all. It is important that you talk to your doctor regarding those risks before your undergo the testing.
STD TESTING PREPARATION REQUIREDAgain, there are specific instructions prior to testing that you must follow in order to produce the most accurate results and control the possible complications or side effects.
STD TESTING PROCEDURE
There are different processes involved with every different testing procedure. Some STD testing may be run through blood tests. For Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, the testing is done either through a urinalysis or through a swab from the patient’s genitals. For Syphilis, a blood sample maybe taken or a swab from your genital sores may be brought to the laboratory. For HIV, the testing is done through a blood sample. For HPV, there is a pap test and an HPV test that will help rule out infections or the appearance of abnormal cells.
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STD TESTING COMPLICATIONSAs with the risks, there are test-specific complications that although occur rarely should not be ignored completely.
STD TESTING SIDE EFFECTSThere are different testing procedures done to confirm or rule out specific sexually transmitted diseases. You should decide on the right testing technique based on your symptoms and on the possible side effects that may affect your current physical condition.
STD TESTING RESULTSYour doctor will discuss the results of your tests and will develop an effective treatment plan for your symptoms. But before treatment, you will need to undergo further testing to measure the severity of your condition. It is also important that you inform your sex partner/s regarding the result of your test, especially if you have come out positive for any of the sexually transmitted diseases. Extra care must be done to ensure that you will not pass on your condition to another.