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STD Testing

Reviewed By: Dr. Kurt Kloss, MD
Last Reviewed Date: Dec 07, 2018
Last Modified Date: Dec 07, 2018
Published Date: Jul 29, 2017

Complete STD Testing

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing is a topic that every person who is sexually active should understand thoroughly, since it is essential to maintaining sexual health, as well as overall health and well-being. Fact is, 20 million people in the United States are newly infected with STDs every year, according to the CDC, so knowing when to get tested and what tests you should be having is simply smart health management. So what do you need to know about medically sound STD testing? Here are some of the questions people frequently ask as they work to become well-informed about STDs, tests and their sexual health. View sample STD test results with lab variations, ranges and explanations.

Which STD to get tested for?

A specific answer to that question depends largely on your personal sexual behavior and risk factors. That said, most doctors will recommend testing for the most common STDs. These are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Herpes (Types 1 and 2), Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis. Depending upon your personal circumstances, getting screened for all of these may not be necessary, or there may be other tests that you should have, such as testing for less common STDs like hepatitis A, B, and/or C, or Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV).

STD Treatment and Counseling

When ordering an STD package or individual test from Health Testing Centers (Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics orders only) that tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, or HSV type 2, a physician consultation and treatment are included when there is a positive result. If you test positive for any of the 4 mentioned STD's, a telephone or video consultation will be provided at no additional cost by one of our third party physicians. The physician from PWN Health will contact you within 4 to 24 hours of receiving your test result. At the end of the consultation the physician may prescribe the necessary medication for treatment. It is up to the sole discretion of the physician to provide any medical treatment based on test results and any medical information they received during the consultation. Cost of the prescription is not included.  The consultation and treatment program is only valid with LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics orders and does not include any at home test kit orders. 

Featured Tests and Packages
Basic STD Package
$520
 
$189

Evaluates for infection with HIV and 4 of the most common STDs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HSV 1/2)

Expanded STD Package
5 stars
$795
 
$198

Combines our basic STD package with additional tests for hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Recent Exposure STD Package, Early Detection HIV
$1318
 
$479

This package contains the Expanded STD Package as well as the early detection HIV, RNA test in place of the traditional HIV antibody test.

Anal STD Panel
$523
 
$190

At home test kit for both men or women that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HSV type 1 and 2 from an anal swab.

Female STD Panel
$523
 
$190

At home test kit for women that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HSV type 1 and 2 through a vaginal swab.

Hepatitis B Infection and Immunity Package
$282
 
$125

Detects antigens and antibodies to hepatitis B to screen for hepatitis B infection or confirm immunity

Male STD Panel
$523
 
$190

At home test kit for men that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HSV type 1 and 2 through a penile swab and urine sample.

Oral STD Panel
$523
 
$190

At home test kit for men or women that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HSV type 1 and 2 from an oral swab.

Bacterial STD Package
$383
 
$139

Evaluates for infection with chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis

Viral STD Package
$493
 
$179

Evaluates for infection with HIV, hepatitis B, and herpes

MMA Fighter Package
$355
 
$129

This package is used to evaluate infection with HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Lab Tests (A-Z)
Acute Hepatitis Package
$454
 
$165

Detects antigens and antibodies to hepatitis B to screen for infection with the hepatitis A, B, or C virus. AVAILABLE AT LABCORP ONLY.

Candida Antibodies, Qualitative
$245
 
$89

This test is used to detect antibodies developed by the body in response to systemic candidiasis. THIS TEST IS AVAILABLE AT LABCORP ONLY.

Candida IgA, IgM, IgG Blood
$630
 
$229

This test may be used to detect IgA, IgM and IgG antibodies created by the body due to and overgrowth of Candida. THIS TEST IS AVAILABLE AT LABCORP ONLY.

Chlamydia
$138
 
$50

Detects chlamydia in a urine sample

Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
$275
 
$100

Detects chlamydia and gonorrhea in a urine sample

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea & Trichomoniasis. This Package is Available at LabCorp ONLY
$413
 
$150

Detects chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas in a urine sample

Chlamydia/Gonorrhea-Anal
$218
 
$79

At home test kit for both men and women that is used to detect chlamydia and gonorrhea that can be passed from partner to partner through vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Chlamydia/Gonorrhea-Female Vaginal
$218
 
$79

At home test kit for women that is used to detect chlamydia and gonorrhea that can be passed from partner to partner through vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Chlamydia/Gonorrhea-Male
$218
 
$79

At home test kit for men that is used to detect chlamydia and gonorrhea that can be passed from partner to partner through vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Chlamydia/Gonorrhea-Oral
$218
 
$79

At home test kit for both men and women that is used to detect chlamydia and gonorrhea that can be passed from partner to partner through vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Early HIV Detection (HIV-1), Qualitative, RNA
$548
 
$199

The (HIV-1), Qualitative, RNA tests for the HIV virus in the blood as soon as 28 days from exposure.

Gonorrhea
$113
 
$50

Detects gonorrhea in a urine sample

Hepatitis A Antibody, IgM
$128
 
$49

This test is used to measure the level of Hepatitis IgM antibodies in the blood.

Hepatitis A Infection and Immunity Package
$234
 
$85

Detects total hepatitis A antibodies and hepatitis A IgM antibodies to screen for hepatitis A infection or confirm immunity

Hepatitis B Infection and Immunity Package
$344
 
$125

Detects antigens and antibodies to hepatitis B to screen for hepatitis B infection or confirm immunity

Hepatitis B Surface Antibodies
$108
 
$39

Surface antibodies are produced in response to the presence of surface antigens. A reactive result is consistent with immunity to the hepatitis B virus, either by recovery from infection or by vaccination.1

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
$116
 
$42

Detects antigens to hepatitis B to screen for active infection

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Quantitative Real-time PCR
$795
 
$289

This test is used to measure the viral load, number of international units per mL of blood, in known HCV positive individuals.

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection
$130
 
$47

Measures the level of hepatitis C antibodies to screen for infection with hepatitis C virus

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Types 1 & 2
$201
 
$89

Detects antibodies to the virus that causes genital herpes

Herpes Simplex Virus 1&2, DNA PCR
$800
 
$449

This test is used to detect the presence of HSV DNA and determines which type is present in the positive samples.

Herpes Virus 1 & 2-Anal
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for both men and women that is used to detect HSV type 1 and type 2 through an anal swab.

Herpes Virus 1 & 2 -Female Vaginal
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for women that is used to detect HSV type 1 and type 2 through a vaginal swab.

Herpes Virus 1 & 2-Male Penile
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for men that is used to detect HSV type 1 and type 2 through a penile swab.

Herpes Virus 1 & 2-Oral
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for both men and women that is used to detect HSV type 1 and type 2 through an oral swab.

High and Low Risk HPV with Genotyping-Anal
$355
 
$129

At home test kit for both men and women that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV infections with specific genotyping through an anal swab.

High and Low Risk HPV with Genotyping-Female Vaginal
$355
 
$129

At home test kit for women that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV infections with specific genotyping through a vaginal swab.

High and Low Risk HPV with Genotyping-Male Penile
$355
 
$129

At home test kit for men that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV infections with specific genotyping through a penile swab. 

High and Low Risk HPV with Genotyping-Oral
$355
 
$129

At home test kit for both men and women that is used to detect High and Low Risk HPV infections with specific genotyping through an oral swab.

HIV
$176
 
$64

Detects antibodies and antigens to help diagnose HIV

Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV)
$493
 
$179

This test is used to detect the presence of antibodies developed by the body in response to the infection of HTLV ( Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus).

MMA Fighter Package
$291
 
$129

This package is used to evaluate infection with HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Syphilis
$144
 
$44

Detects antibodies to the bacteria that causes syphilis

Trichomonas-Male
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for men that is used to detect Trichomonas.

Trichomoniasis
$273
 
$119

Detects trichomonas in a urine sample

Trichomoniasis, Female
$273
 
$99

This Quest Diagnostics specific test code detects trichomonas in a urine sample

Ureaplasma/Mycoplasma-Female
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for women that is used to detect Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma that can be passed from partner to partner through sexual intercourse.

Ureaplasma/Mycoplasma-Male
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for men that is used to detect Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma that can be passed from partner to partner through sexual intercourse.

Vaginal Discharge Panel
$273
 
$99

At home test kit for women that is used to detect Bacterial Vaginosis, Candida and Trichomonas.

Sexual Health Resources

21 HIV Symptoms You Need to Know About
Is There a Cure for Herpes?
What Are the Symptoms of HIV in Men?
What are the Most Common STDs in the U.S.?
Critical Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis C
What You Need to Know About Herpes Symptoms
How to Diagnose Burning Urination
What Causes Vaginal Burning?
Why Do I Have Bumps on my Penis
9 Causes of Testicular Pain
What Causes Vaginal Discharge?
How to Identify Gonorrhea Symptoms
How To Have Safe Sex With Herpes
STD Dating Apps - What You Need To Know
Knowing if You Have an STD By Understanding the Symptoms
I Think I Have Herpes; What Do I Do Now?
Top 10 Best Resources for Gonorrhea
STDs and Older Adults - What You Should Know
What Are the Early Warning Signs of an STD in Females?
10 Signs You May Have Genital Herpes
Herpes Can Happen to Anyone: Can You Identify the Symptoms?
How to Recognize Early Symptoms of HIV
How to Recognize Early Symptoms of Syphilis
Do you Have Chlamydia? Get the Facts – It’s Important
Hepatitis C: Are You at Risk? Know the Signs and Symptoms
HIV Blood Test More Accurate Than Rapid HIV Tests
Hepatitis C Outbreak Causes An Expansion In Hepatitis Testing
Hepatitis A: What You Need To Know About This Viral Liver Disease
STD Cases On The Increase In Adults
STD Risk Factors (Infographic)
STD Symptom Chart
STI Testing Vs STD Testing
Sexual Health - What You Should Know

When should STD tests be done?

Perhaps the most important thing to know about when to get tested for STDs is that you should not wait for symptoms to appear. That's because a number of sexually transmitted infections can be present in your body without presenting any symptoms at all, and others may produce non-specific symptoms that mimic those of minor ailments, like a common cold or flu. That means that looking and feeling perfectly healthy is no guarantee that you – or a sexual partner – have not contracted an STD.

If you have had unprotected sex, have become aware that a partner may have an STD, or have symptoms that cause concern, recommended test times are 2-3 weeks after the sexual encounter or exposure for initial testing, then you should be screened again after 3 months. Early testing can detect infections that develop fairly quickly, like Chlamydia and gonorrhea, for instance, while late testing is important for STDs that develop more slowly, such as HIV. Other important times to be tested are:

  • At the start of new a relationshipSTD test technician reviews samples
  • If you or a partner are sexually active with more than one person
  • When you and your partner are considering sex without condoms
  • If you are pregnant or planning to start a family

Lastly, every individual who is sexually active should have complete STD screening done periodically. Just how often you should be screened depends upon your personal risk factors, so working out an appropriate testing schedule for your needs is best done by discussing those factors with a healthcare and/or medical testing professional.

Do they test for STDs during a Pap smear?

Many people are under the impression that their doctors test for STDs during Pap smear appointments. However, the purpose of these exams is to look for changes that indicate a risk for developing cervical cancer. Since many cases of cervical cancer can be linked to Human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, doctors will often look for physical signs of HPV while performing these exams. Comprehensive STD screening tests, which look for a variety of common STDs that all sexually active individuals should be screened for, are not typically done at these appointments, and most STDS will not show on a standard Pap test.

It is also important for the person who cares about their sexual health to know that STD screening is not standard practice during annual pelvic exams or yearly physical exams. Typically, patients will not be screened for STDs unless they request a doctor test for these infections.

What STD will show up in a blood test?

Blood tests can be used to test STD status for a number of infection types. STDs that show up in a blood test include:

  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes, Types 1 and 2
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • HTLV

Urine tests are typically used to detect the following STDs:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Trichomoniasis

Some doctors also use swabs to collect samples of bodily fluids for testing, a practice that has become less common as accurate blood and urine tests have become available.

What do they test for in a STD test?

Whether testing is done via blood or urine samples, the lab that processes those samples is looking for key indicators of STD infection. For bacterial infections, such as gonorrhea, syphilis or Chlamydia, those indicators would be bacteria in urine samples. In blood tests, technicians would look for antibodies that the body produces to fight bacteria associated with infection. In cases of viral STDs, such as HIV, HTLV, HPV, hepatitis or herpes, labs look for antibodies the immune system makes to attack the invading viruses. Trichomoniasis is an infection caused by parasites, which will be found in the urine of infected individuals.

Now that we've gone over some basics on how to test infections, here is an important note on what to do if your test yields a positive result. If you are found to be infected with one or more STDs, your first step – on the day those test results come in – is to seek treatment. This is essential to minimizing the short-term effects of STDs and avoiding more serious potential long-term effects, such as infertility, cancer, organ damage and blindness, to name just a few. Your second step is to inform any past or current sexual partners that may also be infected, so that they too can seek treatment. Additionally, it is important to abstain from all sexual activity until treatment is complete to avoid spreading the infection.