Announcement: STD Testing Blueprint

by admin on April 15, 2013

If you are considering to have STD testing because you’re not  sure of  a possible STI, it sure is the right thing to do.

There is no need to feel mortified or to spend sleepless nights over the issue. These tests are:

  • Simple
  • Hassle free
  • Anonymous
  • Affordable

After the test results are known,  you know exactly what to do if you test positive.

 

3 types of STD Testing

1. Anonymous lab testing near your home

It’s always the best to visit a nearby lab and get your STD testing. Even if you have to come out of your comfort zone for this type of testing, you should opt for this.

We have more than 4000 labs all around. All you have to do is check for the nearby lab location as per your ZIP code. You can use the search window to your right.

Then select the type of testing you want to undergo.

For the first-timers, it’s advisable to undergo all the tests.

The reason to undergo a complete STD test  is to ensure that you are free from all types of STIs. It’s possible when you conduct all the tests in one go.

The benefits are:

  • Combined, these tests cost a fraction of the cost if you undergo all these tests one by one.
  • It’s easy as you can collect the samples once.
  • It saves a lot of time and cost involved in commuting.

Then, select the time of testing and register.

All our registration is code based, so no one other than you knows the type of testing  you are about to undergo.

If you test positive for any of the STDs, then you can get professional advice at our labs.

 

Lab testing order button

 

2. Sending test samples to a lab

If you don’t want to visit a lab to submit the samples personally, you can ask for a sampling kit during registration. An appropriate kit, as per your selected test package will arrive at your door step by post.

You’ve to collect the samples in the sample bottles. All the instructions are enclosed with the kit. It’s easy because you’ve to collect samples as directed. See the video below to get further information on how to collect the test samples.

 

 

After you’ve collected the samples, seal it with the transparent pack provided and put it into the dispatch container. Never drop it into a mailbox, hand it over at the post office.

After the testing is complete, you would be intimated either by email or by phone as per your preference at the time of registration.

The only disadvantage with these types of STD testing is it’s takes a bit of more time.

 

Sample collection order button

 

3. STD Testing at home with a home STD test kit

This is the easiest type of STD testing of all three.

If you don’t like any hassle of involvement with any lab, then a complete home std test kit. You get everything you will ever need to carry out the tests at home. These kits are as simple as a home pregnancy test or ovulation test kit.

These are instant or rapid test kits and overall duration of a test is not more than 5 to 15 minutes depending upon the type of test.

 

 

Home test kit order button

Why not a free STD testing?

If you’re considering a free STD testing, you can go ahead, but most likely you wouldn’t like the outcome. First, you’re not sure of  the test results. Second, it’s not anonymous. Free things come with its own dose of inconveniences.

What’s the solution?

Private STD Testing.  You pay for  results which you can trust.

Free STD testing is not anonymous because the testing agencies have to report the outcome of your test. In private STD testing, the agencies report neither your STD testing nor the test results to anybody, not even to your insurance agency. However, if you want to get a medi-claim, you can get an invoice to settle your claim.

There’re 3 distinct ways to get your STD testing done.

 

For “how-to-use information” on  instant STD test kits  click here

 

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Syphilis Tests: How Are They Done

by admin on November 4, 2014

syphilis blood test

When a Syphilis Test is ordered?

A test is essential when someone:

  • Has syphilis symptoms —  when there is a chancre on the genitals or throat.
  • Is either infected with or being treated for another STD — such as gonorrhea or HIV.
  • Is pregnant. A test is mandatory as CDC recommends, purely to protect the baby from a possible infection.
  • Has non-specific symptoms that resemble or point to those of syphilis. Such a test can help in determining the exact cause of the illness.
  • Is a man, who has anal sex with men.
  • Has engaged in high-risk sexual activity, whether man or woman.
  • Has one or more partners who have tested positive for syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, or other such STDs.

As per CDC recommendations, periodical follow-up testing for such cases is essential. When a person has been treated for syphilis in the past, a follow-up testing helps in ensuring that treatment is successful and the infection cured.

NOTE:

In people who are sexually active, they should consult a doctor about any suspicious rash or sore in the genital area. A chancre on the genital most probably indicated a syphilis infection but that’s not the only STD which causes genital sores and rashes. There are many other sexually transmitted diseases besides syphilis.

If you are tested positive, tell your sexual partner(s) to get tested as quickly as possible. That’s the least you can do to save a spouse. This is a must to stop the spread of the disease.

Why It Is Done

Syphilis bacteria can spread through the bloodstream to all parts of the body. If not treated in time, syphilis is capable of causing terminal heart attacks, brain damage, bone and spinal cord damage, complete blindness, and death.

The risk of contracting other STDs increases if you have syphilis. This STD prepares the ground for the invasion other STDs.  When chancres are present, you are at least 10 times more likely to be infected with HIV, if exposed. So, if you have them, you should be tested for HIV.

How a Syphilis test is done

A test for syphilis is done to Screen for syphilis or check treatment for a syphilis infection. A screening tests helps the doctor to look for a certain disease or condition before the real symptoms manifest. This increases our chance of finding the infection before we are forced to test for syphilis. An advanced diagnosis can save precious time in treating the patients for a full recovery before permanent damage is done to organs and tissues.

Methods Used:

There are two types of tests used for confirming the infections. The first one searches for the antibodies and the other method searches for the Treponema pallidum bacteria or genetic materials from the bacteria.

Why are there two methods instead of one?

In the early stages of infection with Treponema pallidum, our body is not in a state of producing sufficient antibodies. The time taken by human body to produce syphilis antibodies varies considerably. This period is called the Syphilis Window period, which varies between 2 to 90 days. Some people show up the antibodies as quickly as 2 days and some take as long as 90 days for the same. But after 90 days almost everybody show up the antibodies.

As it is not possible to determine the window period for a particular STD in each individual, so we use two different methods to determine an infection. If one method tests negative we try out the other. Even if someone tests positive, the other method is used to confirm the result. Otherwise it is considered a false positive. But in both the cases the individual has to undergo another test in 90 days.

Screening for Syphilis:

Antibody tests: These tests detect antibodies in the blood serum (Serology test) and sometimes in the cerebrospinal fluid. This test is taken if the history of infection indicates that the patient is well beyond the window period. If the individual doesn’t display detectable amount of antibodies, then there can be two reasons.

  1. He is well within the Window period.
  2. He is not infected.

So, the individual has to undergo the following test.

Diagnosis Syphilis Test:

The purpose of this test is to detect the Treponema pallidum bacteria or its genetic materials. In early stages of Syphilis there may not be sufficient antibodies, so an antibody test will most likely come out negative. To avoid such false negatives, this test searches for the bacteria itself in the test samples taken from the chancre or genital sore. A special instrument called a dark-field microscope is used to detect the bacteria.

Home Syphilis Test:

There is a home testing method that can be done at home with a Syphilis rapid test kit. These kits are equally accurate and use a blood test similar to the lab method for syphilis testing.

Sometimes, testing for syphilis alone may not be enough, so you have to test for HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia additionally. Some home kits come as a test bundle kit with the following for these STDs combined.

This bundle contains the following tests:

  • 2 x HIV Rapid Test
  • Chlamydia Test
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Syphilis Test

Read about the details of each type of Syphilis test here.

 

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