What are STDs?
Let’s talk about sex. Not the romantic, in love part – the being prepared and being armed with knowledge part. Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and ensuring that any new potential partners do the same is the best way to stay healthy. We know it’s not the easiest topic to discuss, but it is a conversation that could save your life. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s), can be contracted through sexual contact from person – to – person in blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. STD’s can also be transmitted without sexual contact through blood transfusions, shared needles, or during pregnancy and/or childbirth, when a mother can pass a sexually transmitted disease to her child.
What is a complete STD Panel?
A full STD panel is a simple test done with blood and urine samples and includes all of the most common STDs, including:
- Herpes I & II (blood)
- HIV I & II (blood)
- Hepatitis B (blood)
- Hepatitis C (blood)
- Syphilis (blood)
- Chlamydia (Urine)
- Gonorrhea (Urine)
Who should get this test?
Anyone who is sexually active in a non-monogamous relationship or with a new partner, or anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to an STD should get a complete STD panel. There are roughly 20 million new STD cases in the US every year according to the CDC, with nearly 50% of them occurring in people between the ages of 15-22.
Can STDs be treated?
Once detected, most STD’s can be both treated and cured. Depending on the type of STD that a person has contracted. Doctors can prescribe medicines to cure STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, but unfortunately, other STDs, like herpes can’t be cured, but can be treated to help lessen the symptoms and prevented from spreading.
How do I prepare?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
How long does it take to get results?
It usually takes 4-5 business days.