After requesting the test, a doctor will review and ... more
After requesting the test, a doctor will review and place the order for your testing, and a requisition form will be emailed to you. Then simply go to the lab for the collection. We then send the results directly to you when they become available. less
At Health Testing Centers we make sexually transmitted disease (STD, also called sexually transmitted infection or STI) testing as discreet and convenient as possible for your health and peace of mind. Our customer service representatives are ready to answer your questions about the tests we offer for common sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea. We can also provide STD testing for herpes, syphilis and HIV, as well as hepatitis A, B, and C. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, there is no need to be embarrassed about getting tested. Early testing facilitates an earlier diagnosis and earlier treatment options. Early diagnosis can help avoid the spread of disease to others. Early treatment of a serious disease such as syphilis or HIV can help reduce long-term disease-related events and complications. STDs are common among younger people, with more than half of new infections occurring in people age 24 and younger. Some STDs like herpes or chlamydia have no symptoms in the early stages. With most of the STD tests offered, you will receive your testing results within 1-2 business days of the time the test is performed. STD test results are easy to read with your score compared to a positive / negative result range.
Hepatitis A is an acute viral infection afflicting the liver with minimal symptoms. The main source of transmission is from food or water, or other objects contaminated with feces. This can be through poor hygiene, sexual contact, and other means. Undercooked shellfish is a common source of Hepatitis A in the United States. A Hepatitis A Antibody blood test is used to detect antibodies associated with a current or previous hepatitis infection.
Hepatitis B is a liver infection that is transmitted primarily through blood, but also through other body fluids (vaginal fluids, semen). Some common ways this disease is transmitted are the sharing of needles during drug use, blood contact, and unprotected sex. Blood tests for Hepatitis B can determine whether you are infected. Often, a combination of tests on surface antigen, surface antibody, and core total antibody are used to evaluate a person for HBV.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, a chronic virus that attacks the immune system. It is transmitted through body fluids, including blood, vaginal fluids, semen, and breast milk. HIV is commonly contracted from unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, or oral sex) and through sharing of needles for intravenous drug use. HIV is also passed from mothers to children during childbirth or by breast-feeding. It was also possible to contract HIV from blood transfusions prior to 1985. Because HIV weakens the body's immune system, people with HIV are vulnerable to opportunistic infections. The CDC estimates that there are 1.2 million people in the US with HIV, and that more than 10% do not know they have HIV. Many people do not get tested because they do not feel sick. By the time symptoms do arise, treatment can be more difficult. HIV is not curable, but advances in treatments allow many people with HIV to continue to live normal, long lives.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection, caused by a germ called chlamydia trachomatis, which commonly affects the neck of the womb, also known as cervix womb lining, fallopian tubes and pelvis in women. Chlamydia is a very common STD. It often does not cause any symptoms, so most people with chlamydia are unaware they have it. Without treatment, chlamydia can lead to a serious pelvic infection that can cause infertility. The CDC recommends that sexually active women under age 25 be tested for chlamydia each year, even without any symptoms. It is also recommended for older women with certain risk factors, as well as men who have sex with men and pregnant women. Health Testing Centers offers chlamydia testing from a urine sample. .When diagnosed early, prompt treatment with a course of antibiotics may cure chlamydia in many cases.
Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease spread by vaginal, oral, or anal sex, or vaginal infection. When caught and treated early, the majority of people will not have any complications from the disease. Without diagnosis and treatment, gonorrhea can cause tubal pregnancies, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chronic abdominal pain. Pregnant women with gonorrhea may be at a higher risk of miscarriage or preterm birth, and can also pass gonorrhea to the baby during a vaginal delivery. Similar to guidance for chlamydia, the CDC recommends regular screening for women age 25 and younger. Health Testing Centers offers gonorrhea testing from a urine sample.
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is transmitted through bodily fluids or from infected skin-to-membrane contact. HSV often causes painful open sores or lesions on the mucous membranes of the body. The most commonly effected areas are the mouth, throat, vagina, urethra, and rectum, although these sores can appear other places. Herpes simplex virus includes two different viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2. The herpes virus that causes mouth sores is HSV-1. The herpes virus that causes genital herpes is HSV-2. The blood test for herpes screens for the virus-specific antibodies produced by the body that are used to fight off HSV infections. If a person is positive for one antibody, it does not automatically mean that they have the other as well. Symptoms of genital herpes can be seen in one to two weeks after exposure to the virus. Some people develop flu-like symptoms during the initial stage of a genital herpes infection. Genital herpes are not curable, but a variety of treatments can help control the virus and minimize outbreaks and other symptoms.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be particularly dangerous if left untreated. This disease manifests itself in stages in adults and the symptoms are commonly confused with other ailments, which can allow the disease to progress without the infected person's knowledge. Some of the more common symptoms include a painless sore found in the genital area and a spotty brown rash that can appear in different areas of the body. Syphilis usually becomes latent for a period of time and then re-appears in a more severe form. Late-stage syphilis can cause paralysis, blindness, mental disorders, and several other life-altering symptoms. Syphilis is highly contagious, spread through sexual activity including oral sex and even kissing if there is an open lesion. Early detection is important to enabling treatment for syphilis. One blood test for syphilis is known as the rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test, which identifies Treponema pallidum (the bacteria that causes syphilis infection).
Hepatitis C is a virus that causes liver inflammation and disease. In the US, it is transmitted through sharing of needles during drug use, contaminated tattoo needles, receiving a blood transfusion before 1982, and in rare cases it can be transmitted sexually. Hepatits C often causes very few symptoms for a long period of time. Symptoms include continuous fever, loss of appetite, disturbed stomach, yellow colored eyes and skin, itchiness, and tiredness. Damage to the liver may occur long before any symptoms are experienced by the patient, so early detection is important for developing an effective treatment plan. There are two blood tests that are used for diagnosis and management of this condition: 1) The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody blood test is used to identify the disease by screening for the antibody associated with this virus; and 2) The Quantitative, real-time PCR test measures the IU (international units) of the HCV (hepatitis C) RNA per millimeter of plasma or serum. An HCV Antibody blood test is highly recommended for Baby Boomers (born from 1945 to 1965) because a large majority of cases in the US occur in people born during that period.