Sexually-transmitted diseases or STDs are quite prevalent these days. They can infect both males and females and can trigger various symptoms and complications.

Every year, the number of STD cases continues to increase, and for that reason, people are urged to undergo STD testing to detect any STD early on. STDs can cause serious harm and danger, so there is no reason to wait.


There are different ways to test for STDs, and the most common methods require blood, urine, or swab samples from a patient. These bodily fluid samples can easily show whether or not a person carries the virus or bacterium that has caused the infection.

Women

STD testing in women usually requires a blood sample. Other times, swab samples are taken from the infected spot. 

For those with pelvic inflammatory disease or bacterial vaginosis, samples of the vaginal discharge are required. So, a swabbing sample is what is needed in order to effectively test and diagnose the patient.

Some other STD tests that make use of this technique are syphilis tests, HPV tests, Chlamydia tests, gonorrhea tests, and scabies tests.

Men

Those that will undergo STD testing for the first time are required to submit a urine sample. Those that are suspected to have Chlamydia, gonorrhea or some other STD are requested to provide a fresh urine sample for examination.

Swab tests for men are also done sometimes. Male syphilis patients sometimes are advised to take this kind of STD testing. Furthermore, blood tests are performed on those who are potential syphilis, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, or genital herpes patients.