The symptoms of sexually transmitted infections are not always obvious, making their diagnosis difficult. Learn more about tests for the major sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). However should consider getting tested in the following situations:
- After unprotected sexual intercourse
- In case of a condom rupture during intercourse
- If you share a syringe or injection material with others
- In the case of an injury with a bloodstained object
In most cases STIs can be cured with medication but unfortunately as of today HIV infection cannot be fully eradicated.
Situations with a proven risk of AIDS transmission:
- Unprotected sex
- Injury from a dirty object
- Transmission from mother to child
In addition, there are usually ways to protect oneself against HIV, such as using a condom during sex. The management of the risk of transmission from mother to child should be carried out by a medical professional.
If you have been involved I a risky situation or just want to know where you stand with regard to AIDS, the screening test is the only solution.
A blood test is required to know if a person is infected with HIV (AIDS virus) or not.
It can take many years before a person feels sick after initial exposure. So you can be a carrier of HIV for a very long time without knowing if you haven’t done this test.
The test is a biological examination that can be prescribed by a doctor or done independently.
We advise you to talk about it with your doctor.
In the US, there are specialized anonymous and free test centers just look them up online.
These centers are also authorized to screen for hepatitis B and C and in some centers for other sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).
Family planning centers such as Planned Parenthood can also offer screenings.
You may also use a private service such as STDcheck which guarantees confidentiality. STDcheck will help you find a close by lab where you can get tested quickly. Basically you walk in and walk out.
What about Getting tested for other STIs
In most cases you could just go see your doctor first who will send you for some lab work when needed. In the case of many STI infections the doctor could diagnose them right away if the symptoms are visible. Nonetheless to be 100% sure lab tests should be taken as they also can tell what antibiotics would work best in the case of bacterial infections.
What should I do if I have doubts about an STD?
Contact your doctor immediately (dermatologist, gynecologist, urologist or family doctor).
Most venereal diseases can be cured with the right medical treatment except for HIV and HPV infections. But even in the case of an HIV infection, the most modern medicines such as Truvada can prolong patients’ lives and, above all, improve their quality of life. But only those whose infection is detected at an early stage really benefit from it. Talk to your doctor!