Testing for STDs may be quick, painless, and at times even complimentary. Sometimes, however, testing is not necessarily a part of the regular medical checkup that you must annually submit to for it. For example, having an STD is no longer something to be taken lightly. With that in mind, if you or a loved one has recently been tested for an STD, you might be thinking of how you or they can be treated. What follows is a short overview of STD testing and what to expect.
An STD test is easy to arrange and simple to do. Depending on the state where you live, most clinics or medical practices will offer both urine and blood tests as options for STD testing. In the case of a urine test, you’ll simply drop your private and disposable boxers into a disposable collection cup and have them draw your blood. This blood test is fairly non-invasive and has high accuracy, making it the most common std test kit used today.
But what if you don’t have access to a clinic or doctor? Luckily, there are several online services that offer STD testing over the internet. Unfortunately, many of these sites are scams and will try and charge you for the tests that you don’t need. They claim that you need to pay to get tested, but in reality they just want your information so that they can sell your personal information to other buyers. In many cases, these sites don’t tell you about recurrences or how often you should urinate (for blood tests only), and they don’t tell you about any side effects or risks that could come from STD testing. Unless you get tested for multiple STD’s, it is very likely that you will get cheated out of your money by one of these scams.
The best way to avoid STD testing scams, especially when it comes to confidential online STD testing, is to never ever give your credit card information to anyone. Always pay with a credit card, or PayPal account, which are the safest forms of payment online. If you don’t feel comfortable with giving your credit card information, you can use PayPal instead. If you do STD testing online, make sure you only do one test at a time, as multiple STD tests may give false results and may skew your actual results.
Also, be sure that your sexual partner is also tested for stds. Most STDs transmitted through sexual activity can be contracted back and forth between partners. In fact, some of the most common STD tests for both partners are performed at the same time, such as Pap smears. This is why it is important that both partners be routinely tested for STDs, especially if you are sexually active.
STD testing is a necessary first step in getting yourself tested for any infections. However, it is also a matter of personal responsibility. Always remember to tell your doctors if you think you might have an STD or not. Don’t assume that because you’re healthy that you’re safe. Remember that your bodies can have serious problems even from simple infections that go undetected by most doctors, so it’s important that you get yourself tested if you think you might have something.