Sexually transmitted diseases or sexually transmitted infections impact millions of people every year. The CDC released a press release two years ago that states STDs are on a rapid rise. Chlamydia, for example, impacts 456.1 people out of every 100,000, with 1.4 million new cases per year.
STDs are impacting younger people, too.
Youth in America are at the highest risk of getting an STD. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are the two most common STDs that younger generations are contracting.
So, what can you do to prevent the spread of STDs?
Get tested regularly.
We’re going to discuss how testing works and answer one very important question: how long does it really take to get your test results?
How Does STD Testing Work?
If you’ve never been tested for an STD before, you’ll be happy to know that the process is rather simple. The complicated part is knowing what type of test is needed. Every disease or infection is different, and you’ll need to take a different test depending on what you’re trying to find.
The good news is that there are just a few basic ways to get tested:
- Urine sample
- Blood sample
- Urethra swab
- Genital examination
- Vaginal swab
In most cases, people opt for a urine or blood sample. The reason for this is that these two testing methods make it easy and intuitive to determine if you have an STD. The most common method of testing is as follows:
- Syphilis and HIV will require a blood sample
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea require a swab or urine sample
Herpes tests aren’t done unless a person has sores in most cases. If you need to be tested for herpes, you’ll need to have the sore swabbed. A swab of the sore is often performed by a doctor.
A lot of people are now very conscious of their privacy when getting tested, and this niche has been filled with privacy-centric testing clinics. When you decide to get tested, it’s often easier to get tested this way.
The process is different everywhere, but STD Check, the most common testing center, has a simple process:
- You’ll order your test in one of three ways: phone, online or at a center.
- Testing. You’ll go to the testing center and get in and out. STD Check doesn’t require any paperwork or waiting,
- Testing takes time, and this means that you’ll have to wait for the results.
STD Results Timeline
What is the average time it takes to get STD results?
This also depends on a few things. STD Check has a timeline of 1 – 2 days to get your results. This is a fast process, and while the testing center makes sure tests are done fast, not all tests are done this quickly.
A lot of clinics will have results in:
But some STDs are also tricky. You’ll find that some require you to actually wait before getting tests. HIV, for example, will require you to wait until the antibodies have accumulated enough in the body to be detected.
If you believe you’ve been infected and it’s only been a day or two, you won’t be able to be tested with any level of accuracy at this point.
Incubation periods for the most common STDs are:
- Chlamydia: Often a disease with no symptoms, it takes 1 – 3 weeks after exposure for symptoms to appear. Regular screenings are the best way to determine if you have chlamydia.
- Gonorrhea: Symptoms normally present between 2 and 30 days.
- Syphilis: The average incubation is 21 days after contraction, but incubation can vary from 10 – 90 days.
- Genital Warts: A person with genital warts will have an outbreak. The first outbreak will occur within three months of getting the infection.
- Genital Herpes: Symptoms, while not typical, will show up within two weeks of exposure to the virus.
- Hepatitis B: A person with hepatitis will experience symptoms within 4 – 6 weeks of getting the infection.
The best way to ensure that you’re free from STDs is to have a full panel test done. These tests will test for an array of different diseases at one time. Easy and affordable, it’s best to have a panel done every three months to ensure that you’re STD free.
A person that has not had intercourse or has a faithful partner can wait longer in between testing.
Remember: The CDC states that 1-in-4, or roughly 25% of the population in the United States, has tested positive for an STD.
If you think that you can’t get an STD, you’re very wrong. Even “virgins,” can get an STD through oral sex, drug use or even kissing in some circumstances.
Testing is the only way to know with 100% certainty whether you have an STD.
Where Can I Get STD Testing?
You can go to a doctor to get tested, or you can choose an online option, such as STD Check. What I like about STD Check is that the entire process is fast and efficient, You also don’t need to have an intimate relationship with a doctor.
You’re in and you’re out – it’s that simple.
STD Check has 4,500 testing centers nationwide, and these centers are sure to be in your area. The process is as simple as:
- Scheduling a test via phone, Internet or in-person
- Choosing a day. Monday – Friday is most common, but some locations are open Saturday
- Choose your testing center
The test is fast and efficient. You walk through the door, there is no waiting period, and you’re out quickly. You don’t even need to make an appointment at the center.
It’s the fast and easy way to get tested without all of that pressure.
Again, the company’s testing provides you with the fastest results in the industry: 1 – 2 days on average.
Tests are confidential, so no one ever has to know that you’ve been tested. The company also offers HIV RNA early detection tests that will provide results in 9 – 11 days after exposure. The majority of tests will not provide conclusive results until 1 – 3 months after exposure.
Quicker treatment may help reduce the impact of the disease and will allow you to prevent exposing others to this deadly disease.
You will receive your test results in your email. The results come in PDF format, so you can confidently view them from your mobile device. There is also no indication on your credit card statement that you actually ordered an STD test.
The charge that is listed on your statement will read “Medology.”
STD Check offers private STD testing guaranteed. This means that only you will know that you have an STD. In a small town where people talk a lot, private STD testing is becoming a very popular option.