STD Testing – Your Questions Answered

Should I get tested for STDs?

Testing is the only way to know if you have an STD as in most cases, STDs have no symptoms. If you believe you do have symptoms of an STD, talk to a doctor or nurse about getting tested immediately. Symptoms can come and go so it is important to be tested to be sure.

What are the signs & symptoms of STDs?

• Burning when you pee and/or having to pee more than usual
• Flu like symptoms like a fever, swollen glands, feeling tired & body aches
• Sored or bumps on or around your genitals, thighs or butt cheeks
• Weird discharge from your vagina or penis

Although these symptoms are indicative of an STD it also may just be that you have a yeast infection or UTI. To know for sure what is causing these symptoms it is smart to talk with a doctor or nurse to see if an STD test is needed.

What happens in a STD test?

STD testing is quick and easy and in order to know what test is best for your symptoms seeing a doctor is advised. Some types of STD testing are:

• Urine Test
• Cheek swab
• Blood Test
• Physical Exam

STD testing can be completed in a doctor’s office, planned parenthood or mail order services.

How much does an STD test cost?

The cost of an STD test depends on where you go and what exam you are having done and whether you have health insurance. Many insurances cover STD testing so be sure to check your insurance.

What happens if I have a STD?

It’s important to know that you are not alone and the first thing you should do is follow your doctor’s directions for treatment. You should then tell anyone you are having sex with so they can then be tested and treated as well. If you are having a hard time accepting your diagnosis, then talking with a counselor or therapist may be of help. You can also find online and in person support groups for people living with STDs that may give you a safe place to talk.