What happens in a std test?

Getting tested for STD’s or STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) is usually an easy and relatively pain free process! Most people get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and sometimes Syphilis and HIV. For a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test, all that is needed is a urine sample. When you come in for your appointment, the nurse will give you a cup for you to leave a sample and then the sample will be sent in for testing. Syphilis testing is a blood draw, also done by a nurse during your appointment. An HIV test is a quick mouth swab that gives the patient preliminary results. A positive on the HIV mouth swab test should not be taken as a definitive positive, further testing needs to be done at a hospital to confirm a positive test. If you get your Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Syphilis test results back and any of them are positive, we will have you come back to the clinic to receive treatment. Sometimes, if you know that you have been exposed to an STI, we can give you treatment without knowing whether your test is positive or not. This is a common practice when patients have been exposed to Chlamydia, for other STI’s we usually want to confirm a positive test. We hope this answered your questions! Please give us a call if you need any more information on how STD tests work at 1-877-275-6123.