There are a lot of ways to test for STDs since there are different types of STDs in existence today. Some infections can be diagnosed accurately after just one testing, while others may need follow up STD tests to verify and learn more about a patient's situation.
If you want to undergo STD testing, you have to know that you will be asked to provide a bodily fluid sample, depending on what STD test you will have. Here are what may be asked from you:
- blood sample: this is needed to test for a lot of STD tests, such as to test for HIV.
- urine sample: you will have to pee into a special type of cup. Your urine sample will be examined to find traces of the STD.
- saliva sample: this is not very commonly used as saliva does not really contain enough traces of the STD bacteria or viruses to come up with a reliable test result.
- swab/tissue sample: this may be taken from a body part that has visible symptoms, such as sores, lesions, and so on.
Also, you may have to undergo a physical exam first so that the health worker can examine your penis or vagina, and anus to find warts, sores, rashes, discharge, and lesions.
Testing for STDs is very important to avoid experiencing the worst complications that can strike your bodily organs. Do it regularly to keep away from STDs!