STD basics

STD testing


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than half of people who should be screened receive recommended STD testing. It's important to detect and treat diseases early on to protect your health and prevent the spread of STDs to others.

We provide testing for the most common bacterial and viral STDs that can be diagnosed through blood or urine samples:

We also provide treatment, counseling and therapy for certain diseases and individual circumstances.

At a test center that's most convenient for you, you can get tested quickly, privately and effectively for all of these STDs (no undressing or swabbing required!). Learn more about "testing windows" – the recommended amount of time between potential exposure to an STD infection, and when screening is expected to identify the infection (or re-infection).

Note: See your regular doctor to get tested and treated for other STDs – like HPV – that require a pelvic exam or a swab test that cannot be done at a standard testing facility. Be aware that most doctors don't automatically screen for STDs...so be sure to specifically ask your doctor for the tests you need.

Are the test results accurate and reliable?

Rest assured that your test results will be as reliable as those you'd receive through your regular doctor...and much more timely.

Through our partners at LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics – who, under the purview of the FDA, are subject to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 – the tests we offer are the gold standard in the industry. CLIA establishes consistent quality standards for all lab tests to ensure the timeliness, reliability and accuracy of test results... regardless of the location of a particular testing center.

Using type-specific testing, DNA PCR technology and nucleic acid amplification technology, SexualHealth.com offers you the highest degree of testing specificity and sensitivity available today...helping you and one of our doctors to make informed decisions about your treatment, and how to keep you as healthy as possible.

Last reviewed by Lisa Oldson, MD, January 2011.

Lisa Oldson, MD

STD expert

"The first thing I tell a patient about STDs is that if you're worried about one STD, you should probably worry about all STDs. In other words, if you had unprotected sex and you're worried about a possible HIV exposure, it's important to understand that hepatitis can be spread in the same fashion...ditto for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis."