Comprehensive STD Testing: Key to a Healthier Life
Practically, most Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are symptomless and may be crawling in our body system undetected for several months. For this reason, late detection of STDs has become one of the mediums for transmission to other people as the infected person is oblivious to whether he or she is infected.
It is important to also note that once a person is infected with an STD, such a fellow becomes susceptible to contracting multiple STDs without knowing. Consequentially, early detection of STDs nicks the proposed epidemic in the bud and quells its ability to eat deep into the immune system.
Added to this, once there is any suspicion of having contracted an STD, it becomes very pertinent to get tested, not just testing for one STD, but embarking on an elaborate and comprehensive STD test session that will reveal not just the presence of one STD or otherwise but that which will reveal any such virus, bacteria, or other infections that may be present in the body system.
What does comprehensive STD testing entail?
Comprehensive STD testing is a paradigm shift compared to the conventional STD testing packages. Comprehensive STD testing is an STD test regime that reveals the prevalence of up to ten (10) different STDs in one test or diagnosis.
It entails a simple blood and/or urine sample and this single blood and/or urine sample is comprehensively tested for STDs and this comprehensive testing, in its know-how, is capable of efficiently revealing the presence of up to hundreds of STDs. Thus, this test regime means that there will not be any need to embark on the cumbersome process of testing for STDs individually with different blood, urine, saliva, and/or swab samples at every turn since as a single blood and/or urine sample can, and will reveal up to ten (10) different STDs (if present) in one comprehensive test.
A comprehensive STD test is usually conducted within 5 to 10 minutes with just the requirement of a small urine or blood sample to run the test. The result of a comprehensive STD testing session is usually ready in about a day or two after conducting the test.
STDs that can be diagnosed using comprehensive STD testing
The comprehensive STD testing regime or panel is capable of efficiently diagnosing ten (10) different STDs in one test, hence dispensing with the need to run or conduct separate tests with different samples at every turn to diagnose different STDs. The STDs capable of being diagnosed via the conduct of comprehensive STD testing would be elaborately explained below:
The sample required to run a comprehensive STD test that will diagnose the presence or otherwise of Chlamydia is a urine sample. The need for a blood sample, swab or even undressing before conducting a test capable of diagnosing Chlamydia is, therefore, consequentially dispensed with.
The patient is advised to refrain from urinating for about an hour or thereabouts prior to the provision of the urine sample needed to conduct the Chlamydia test. Since Chlamydia is revered for being very symptomless, it is likely that immediate testing for Chlamydia immediately after exposure to the STD should be put on hold and the test delayed until after 1 to 5 days of possible exposure to the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria.
It is of utmost importance to note that patients who have been diagnosed with Chlamydia and have been properly and adequately treated for same should conduct the test again 21 to 28 days after concluding with treatment so as to make sure that the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria has cleared and is finally treated.
If there are suspicions of an exposure to Hepatitis A virus, all that will be required of the person so exposed is to conduct a comprehensive STD test that will reveal the presence of Hepatitis A or otherwise is a small blood sample. It is totally unnecessary to fast or undergo any other rigorous preparation for this test.
It is advised and also strongly recommended not to rush into undergoing a test for hepatitis A immediately after exposure because research has proven that the average incubation period of the Hepatitis A virus is 28 days or thereabouts. Hence, predicated upon the foregoing, it is advised to wait for about 2 to 8 weeks after exposure to get tested comprehensively.
A blood sample is required to conduct a comprehensive STD test that will reveal the hepatitis C virus. Just like the Hepatitis A virus, the Hepatitis C virus requires a longer period of time for the antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus to develop to the point of accurate detection by the comprehensive testing panel.
Consequently, to quell any chance of false or speculative results, it is recommended to wait at least 8 to 9 weeks after exposure to the hepatitis C virus before getting tested.
Data from research has shown that herpes 2 is the most prevalent STD in America. So prevalent is herpes 2 that about one in six persons aged 14 to 49 years has herpes 2. By this fact, it is appropriate to get tested for herpes 2 by conducting the comprehensive STD test. The conduct of this comprehensive test requires just a small amount of blood which when tested comprehensively, differentiates between herpes 1 and herpes 2.
The comprehensive STD test searches for antibodies peculiar to herpes 2 in the blood sample. Herpes 2 antibodies take a little bit of time to develop thus a 3 to 7 weeks wait before testing after exposure is pertinent so as to avoid getting wrong test results.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV is one of the deadliest STDs in the world and the worst part is that it is incurable. Although it is incurable, it is manageable because a patient can live normal and healthy life with antiretroviral therapies alongside proper medical care. Chronic HIV metamorphoses into Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), thus, it is of immense benefit to know your HIV status, begin antiretroviral therapies early, and prevent HIV from becoming AIDS.
In ascertaining your HIV status, all the comprehensive STD testing needed is a small blood sample from which the HIV RiboNucleic Acid (RNA) test which searches for the presence of HIV in the blood. The test could also be conducted via the HIV Antibody test with Reflex, a Western Blot Confirmation, which detects the presence of HIV in the blood.
The newly improved RNA test is capable of diagnosing HIV after 9 to 11 days. However, 25 days to 2 months or even 3 months wait is required to have an accurate diagnosis of the HIV Antibody test with the Reflex Configuration.
Other STDs detectable using comprehensive STD testing are:
- Herpes A
- Hepatitis B
It is important to point our minds to the fact that most STDs rarely show any symptoms at the early stages and at whatever stage an STD may be, it is as infectious and contagious as can be. If you have been exposed to any STD, conduct a comprehensive STD test as early as possible to avoid sharing same.
Get the test and stay safe!