FAQs - Local - Confidential - STD Testing
There is much misinformation about STDs and their treatment in the world. Asking questions is the most
effective way to pushthem aside and find out the truth. Remember that educating yourself is the most important
step in fighting the progression of an STD. In this section of the site, Simple STD Testing will try and answer
the most commonly asked questions about testing and treatment.
What Kind of Person Should be Tested, and When?
STD screening is important for all sexually active adults, especially those not currently in a strictly monogamous relationship. Those with multiple partners should have themselves screened at the next opportunity, and continue testing on a regular basis.
Practicing unsafe sex (vaginal or anal sex without a condom or sanitizing spray foam, or oral sex without latex barriers) is an especially powerful factor in determining whether you or your partner should come in for testing.
Even with protection, not all STDs may be blocked however, and having consistently safe sex should not stop one from STD screening on a regular basis. Also remember, many forms of contraception block pregnancy, but do nothing for lowering the chance of catching and STD.
Sex is rarely the only way that STDs can be transmitted. Most viral infections can be transmitted through blood as well. Using unsterilized hypodermic needles is a very high-risk behavior, and if you or your partner suspect you have been treated with a dirty needle, scheduling a screening for STDs should be high priority.
In all cases, testing soon is absolutely essential. Bacterial infections like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics, but may cause permanent damage if left unchecked. Catching them soon enough to prevent lasting damage is an important part of remaining healthy for any sexually active adult. While viral infections like HIV or chronic Hepatitis may not be curable with current medical technology, there are treatments to drastically improve the quality of life of those suffering them, and as with bacterial infections, starting these treatments as soon as possible is important.
What are the Most Important Diseases to Screen For?
Simple STD Testing offers screening for six of the most common, and most important to treat STDs.
We offer convenient, confidential screening for:
- Hepatitis B and C
What is a Normal Screening Procedure Like?
Simple STD Testing will offer directions to the nearest sample collection area after you set up an appointment
by web or phone, where trained specialists will instruct and assist in obtaining either blood or urine samples. These
samples will be analyzed, and results should be available within three days via phone call or the web.
I've Had an STD Before, Should I Still be Tested?
Being infected with an STD once does not make the body any more capable of fighting off infections in the future. Frequent, complete screenings are important for all sexually active adults who are at all at risk of catching STDs.
Is it True that Some Tests are Only Effective Some Time After Infection?
Yes, some tests required for conclusive evidence of infection require one to be infected for some time. However,
in each case, there are alternate methods of detection that screening methods can use to obtain quick and reliable results.
Are Blood Transfusions Dangerous?
Safety and screening procedures for blood transfusions have increased drastically over the last decade, and HIV
screening is usually provided as a bare minimum post-transfusion procedure. However, if you or your partner begin to
display signs of a viral STD after a blood transfusion, Simple STD Testing strongly encourages you to have testing done immediately
Why Should I Go to Simple STD Testing Instead of my Normal Doctor?
Simple STD Testing promises expedited test results, with less paperwork than a normal doctor's office.
Our tests are highly confidential, and can get out of the lab faster than the more generalized tests a hospital may
commit to. However, if you or your partner are unsure of the cause of your symptoms, Simple STD Testing strongly
encourages you to get tested immediately.
Can My Insurance Help Pay for Testing?
Unfortunately, requesting insurance information violates our privacy policies, and as such insurance
cannot be used as an acceptable means of payment.
Will Counseling Help?
Talking to a counselor is a reliable way to receive information, as well as emotional support should you or your partner test positive for an STD. Simple STD Testing encourages all its clients to participate in active counseling during any treatments deemed necessary.