Q. What is an STD?
Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are spread through unprotected sex with an infected person or use of contaminated needles. An infected mother can also pass the disease to her child during delivery or breastfeeding. The most common STDs are gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, Herpes 1 & 2, HIV, and hepatitis. Don’t delay getting tested for STDs if you think you have an infection.
Q. How can I find out if I have an STD?
Unfortunately, STDs are very common among sexually active people. Since many STDs are asymptomatic, i.e. do not have any signs or symptoms, testing is the best way to find out if you have an infection or not. Remember that you can contract an STD if you have had intimate physical contact with an infected person. You can also unknowingly transmit the disease to your partner.
Q. I do not have any symptoms. Should I still go for STD testing?
Yes. You need to get tested for STDs if you have had unprotected sexual contact – vaginal, oral or anal. STD infections can be spread even when the person does not have any signs or symptoms of the disease. Testing will help you get peace of mind and start treatment at the right time.
Q. Where can I get tested for STDs?
STDCheckup.net has more than 4,000 testing centers in the United States. Certain places remain open on Saturday for the convenience of our customers. To find a testing center close to you, just click on the button at the very top of this page. You’ll be taken to an STD Test Center location page where you can enter your zip code and get a complete list of test centers nearby. Pick a convenient location and finalize your order.
Q. How does STD testing work?
We offer simple urine tests to check for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Blood tests are used to detect other STDs such as herpes type 1 and 2, HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis A, B and C. When you order a test from STDcheckup.net, you don’t have to complete annoying paperwork or answer embarrassing questions when you visit any one of our 4,000 testing centers to give a sample.
Q. What makes STDCheckup.net different from other testing services?
1. STDCheckup.net is one of the few STD testing services to partner with labs in the US to offer FDA-approved RNA HIV Early Detection testing.
2. While our HIV RNA test will provide definite results 9 – 11 days after infection. Other early detection tests for HIV have a waiting period of 7 weeks.
3. Minors between the ages of 16 and 17 can get tested for STDs even without parental consent.
4. When you use STDCheckup.net, you can get your test results in just 1 or 2 days.
5. We are one of the few testing services that offer hepatitis A testing in our all-inclusive STD test package.
Q. What are the most common signs and symptoms of STDs?
While many STDs are asymptomatic, symptoms, when they do appear, usually occur as genital sores, blisters or warts, unusual discharges, itching, pain or burning while passing urine, discolored or foul-smelling urine, skin rashes, bumps, strange odors, and white spots on pubic hair.
Q. Which STD(s) should I get tested for?
We believe that any event that could have exposed you to one STD could have exposed you to many others as well. STDCheckup.net offers a comprehensive 10-Test panel to check for all common STDs including chlamydia, herpes type 1 and 2, gonorrhea, HIV 1 & 2, syphilis and hepatitis A, B & C. You can also build a custom test panel just for you using our personalized STD test recommendation tool.
Q. Will I have to undergo a physical exam during STD testing?
No. All STD tests at STDcheckup.net can be conducted using a urine sample or blood sample. Swabbing or physical examination is not required.
Q. How can I prepare for the test?
You don’t have to do anything or fast before taking an STD test. However, if you are testing for chlamydia or gonorrhea, please do not pass urine for at least an hour before you go for the test.
Q. How long will I have to wait for the test results?
A. Most test results are obtainable one to two days after the test is performed and will be emailed to you. However, the processing time may be greater in some states, depending on local regulations.
Q. Can STDs be completely cured?
Most STDs, if detected in the initial stages, can be cured completely. Some diseases, such as herpes and HIV, can be managed through treatment.
Q. Can I catch the same STD again?
A. Yes. Unfortunately, STD treatment cannot guard you from getting the same or similar infections again and again. Hence, you should test for STDs if you have engaged in unprotected sex, irrespective of whether you have been treated for STDs earlier or not. Reinfections can happen if you do not complete your full course of medication. You can also catch multiple STDs at the same time.
Q. After having sex, when should I get tested for STDs?
All STDs do not have the same development cycle. As a result, different STDs have different waiting periods. If you are concerned about your sexual health, you can order our comprehensive 10-Test panel that test for all common STDs including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis A, B & C.
Q. How can I view my STD test results?
Your STD test results are sent to your email as a PDF document. PDF files can be opened and viewed on most smartphones.
Q. Does STDcheckup.net accept medical insurance?
No. We do not accept medical insurance because your privacy is important to us. If you use medical insurance to cover the cost of your STD testing, a notification will be automatically sent to your insurance company.
Q. How will the charge appear on my credit card statement?
The charge on your credit card statement will be from “FPK Services” to safeguard your privacy.
Q. Do you have a cancellation policy?
Cancellations can be done any time before you visit the test center. You will incur a cancellation fee of 20%, and the rest will be refunded to you within 1 – 2 days of cancellation. If you cancel your order after 3 weeks of purchase, a refund will be issued in the form of credit for future testing.
Q. How common are STDs?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about a quarter of the American population is affected by STDs. The actual figure can be higher if you consider the people who have the infection, but have not yet tested for STDs. Some sexually transmitted diseases like pubic lice can be treated at home. A few diseases like HPV or herpes do not have to be reported.
Q. I am in a monogamous relationship, but my STD test results came back positive. Does that mean my partner cheated on me?
If you are in a committed relationship and your STD test result comes back positive, it does not necessarily mean that your partner cheated on you. Some STDs can remain in a latent stage in your body for a long time, without showing any symptoms. The infection could be from an STD that you have been unknowingly carrying for years.
Q. How can I protect myself from STDs?
You can protect yourself from STDs by avoiding unsafe sex and intravenous drug use. While you have a lowered risk of infection if you are in a committed relationship, it does not mean that you are completely protected against STDs. Yearly STD testing will help you stay informed of your sexual health and get treatment, if needed, at the right time.
Q. I am a virgin. Can I still catch an STD?
Yes. You can catch a sexually transmitted disease even if you have not had sexual intercourse. Some STDs such as HPV or oral herpes can be spread through kissing and oral sex. The only way you can protect yourself from an STD is by practicing total abstinence from all kinds of sexual activities and IV drug use.
Q. Will condoms protect me from all STDs?
While you can protect yourself from many STDs using polyurethane or latex condoms, it’s important to know that they do not provide 100% guarantee against all infections.
Q. I have a cold sore. Could I have Herpes?
Yes. A Herpes simplex virus 1 infection can cause cold sores around the lips. Oral herpes is easily spread through close contact such as oral sex or kissing.
Q. Can I get an STD through kissing?
Yes. Some STDs like oral herpes can be spread through close physical contact such as kissing, while most others are passed through unsafe sex.
Q. What is the difference between AIDS and HIV?
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes a spectrum of conditions commonly referred to as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS. However, you need to know that being HIV positive does not mean that you have AIDS. Many people who have HIV may not develop AIDS for a long time. When a person catches HIV, the virus attacks his immune system, causing the person to catch other diseases as a result of his low immunity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an AIDS patient is a person who catches other diseases because their immune system has become weak from HIV. Such people may have T-cell or CD4+ count lesser than 200. If you think you may have an HIV, get tested immediately. Also consult a doctor who can correctly evaluate your condition.
Q. Why should I choose STDCheckup.net for STD testing?
STDCheckup.net offers 100% private and confidential STD testing at advanced, CLIA-certified clinical laboratories. Qualified medical experts have carefully evaluated our FDA-approved testing procedures to make sure that they meet the highest standards of accuracy, reliability and confidentiality. All test processes are performed under close supervision to ensure quality and inspire confidence in our customers.