Standard STD Panel #2
Standard STD Panel #2
This package bundles several common STD screens including urine testing for genital Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and a 4th generation blood test for HIV. These tests can help to determine if a person has been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are bacterial infections. It is common for people who are infected not to experience any symptoms. When symptoms do occur they can include a burning sensation during urination, abnormal discharge, and redness or irritation around the genital area. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are both usually cured with antibiotics. It is recommended to test again after completing treatment to ensure the infection is gone. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause long-term health issues including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) as well as make someone more susceptible to other diseases such as HIV. Pregnant women with chlamydia or gonorrhea can experience complications and risk passing the infection to their infant.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a viral infection that is spread through contact with infected blood or bodily fluids. The most common methods of contracting HIV are through sexual contact and sharing needles for intravenous drug use. Other methods include receiving a blood transfusion prior to modern screening procedures or getting a tattoo or piercing using instruments that are not properly cleaned and sterilized. HIV attacks and weakens the body's immune system until it is unable to defend against other infections and diseases. It is common for someone who has been infected with HIV to not experience any symptoms for a long period of time. Some people will experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, swollen glands, sore throat, aches, fatigue, and skin rash shortly after infection. It is possible for HIV to progress to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). A person is determined to have AIDS when their immune system has been severely weakened by the HIV virus and/or they have developed one or more infections that their body is unable to defend against. While HIV cannot be cured, thanks to modern treatment methods, many people who are diagnosed with HIV early are able to live long healthy lives. Blood testing is the most effective way to identify HIV as early as possible. The HIV 4th generation blood test uses the most current testing methodologies to detect antibodies to the HIV virus as well as a specific viral protein known as the p24 antigen.
Periodic STD testing is recommended for anyone who is sexually active. People who engage in higher-risk behaviors such as unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, or intravenous drug use should be tested more often. Positive results should be followed up with a doctor. People who test positive should inform their current or past partners to let them know they should also be tested. For further testing options including more packages and individual tests, please see our STD Testing Category.
The typical turnaround for these tests is 2-3 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
The tests in this package will typically have a high level of accuracy at about 3 weeks after exposure. Some people may be detectable as early as a few days after exposure.
For the highest level of accuracy:
- Refrain from urinating for at least one hour prior to collection.
- Avoid cleansing the genital area at least one hour prior to collection.
- The sample should be a "first catch" of urine, meaning customers should begin urinating directly into the collection container.
- Fill the specimen cup approximately 20-30 ml. Overfilling the container will dilute the specimen and may reduce the accuracy of the test.
It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.
This package includes:
Chlamydia Urine, pain free
Gonorrhea Urine, pain free
HIV 1/2 Antigen/Antibody Rapid, Routine, 4th Gen, P24