What to Expect from STD Testing

Q: I have recently became sexually active. I know that in order to be responsible, I need to seek STD testing. Can you tell me more about this type of testing and tell me what I can expect if I utilize your services?

C. Valling

San Francisco, CA

A: Getting tested for STDs is the responsible thing to do as a sexually active person. It is a sign that you respect both your own health as well as your partner’s. Unfortunately, not everyone is as responsible as they should be. Many are afraid to find out the results, while others are just too embarrassed to seek testing. You are making a wise and responsible choice.

The STD testing process is actually pretty simple in most cases. We offer an STD panel that will screen you for some of the more common STDs, such as HIV, chlamydia and herpes. This is not an invasive test, so you don’t have to worry about stripping down and putting on a paper gown. Our tests are performed using a blood and/or urine specimen. All you have to do is contact us to schedule testing. You may even be able to get tested the same day you call. Our testing facilities are private and discreet – no worries about everyone in the neighborhood knowing what you are doing. Once your testing is complete, you can have your results back in as little as 1-2 business days.