If you have recently been tested for any kind of sexually transmitted disease or are dating someone that has recently been tested, it is important to note that the results can be sent to you via regular mail. Common STD testing at a gynecologist's office can be extremely expensive. Luckily, there are free or greatly discounted testing options available in many local pharmacies and on-line. Be sure to discuss any symptoms you may have with your doctor or pharmacist. Most testing kits are easy to use at home.
Most doctors will offer some sort of at-home STD testing kit to their patients. There are both pharmacy and doctor's office kits available that you can get tested by. These kits are often simple to use, as most require you to fill out a quick form or hand-write a prescription for the medication to be mailed right to your home.
If you prefer to have the test done in a lab, many local STD clinics offer this option as well. The advantage of STD lab testing over home testing is that the results are immediately available. STD doctors almost always offer the option of sending you for a swab exam to see if you have any abnormal discharge coming from your genital area. A negative test result will mean that you can go ahead with a pelvic exam to determine the presence of genital warts.
For those who are uncomfortable going to a STD clinic, you can find an on-line STD testing lab that offers a discreet and private way to receive a urine test, blood test, or biopsy. Many of these kits come with a guarantee that the results are confidential. In fact, many STD testing centers make it very simple for patients to confirm whether or not they have been tested for STDs by offering a guarantee of confidentiality. However, the fact that these kits are so discrete means that only those in love with each other should ever have them done. Because these tests are so easy to get, some people have even started to use these kits to diagnose their own partners! If you suspect that you might be cheating, this may be the way to tell.
Although the symptoms for some STD's are quite similar to those for just about every other disease, they are not the same. This is why it is important that you realize that when you are testing for something like chlamydia or gonorrhea, that you don't necessarily know if you have one or not. The best way to test positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea is to go to an STD clinic where a nurse will examine the swab samples and determine if you do, in fact, have an infection. STI test at home are not always reliable because the accurate results depend on the quality of the testing kit itself.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis are all serious diseases that require serious treatment. Not only are they highly contagious but they can also be life-threatening. Therefore, it is important that you go to an STD clinic or your doctor when you think you might have an infection so that they can start treating it immediately. Because the symptoms for most STDs are similar, there are a number of different tests available, including: