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How STD Tests Work

Want to know more details about how STD tests work? This is the place to look.

Is there one STD test that can detect all STDs?
Despite what many people think, there isn't one STD test that can detect every STD. Most STD tests only look for one disease at a time.

What is Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA)?
Doctors in low resource countries can use a simple, inexpensive test called visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) to see if women have cervical cancer. VIA is a much cheaper option than a Pap smear or HPV test.

How long do I have to wait before a herpes blood test is effective?
People often wonder how long it takes before they would test positive on a genital herpes blood test if they were infected with the virus. There's not a simple answer since every herpes test is a little bit different.

STD Testing - Is STD Testing 100% Infallible?
People sometimes wonder if STD tests have all the answers. If they've been screened, and if their partners have been screened, does it mean that they're 100% safe from STDs? Sadly the answer is no. STD testing is not the whole answer.

The Anal Pap Smear : Who, When, & Why
The anal pap smear is one way in which anal cancer can be detected. Anal cancer is one of the major possible effects of HPV infection in men.

Why You Have to Wait for an STD Blood Test
STD tests that look for antibodies in your blood aren't accurate right away. You have to wait a while after infection. Learn why.

Urine Testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
In the bad old days, men who thought they might have chlamydia or gonorrhea were tested by swabbing their urethra and women had to undergo a pelvic exam. Fortunately, now the same diseases can be diagnosed through urine testing. Urine chlamydia tests and gonorrhea tests are a heck of a lot easier, even if in some places they're still difficult...

Does a Positive Herpes IgM Test Mean I Was Recently Infected with Herpes?
Some people think that a positive herpes IgM test means that they were recently infected with herpes, but is that true?

Can I get an STD blood test or do I need a swab?
People often want to know if they can get an STD blood test and avoid the scary swabs...

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