Common Questions about STD Tests

Q: I have some questions about STD tests. How reliable are they? Is the testing process painful? How soon can I expect my results? Basically, I need to know everything you can tell me about having myself screened for various STDs.

L. Meyer

Fayetteville, Arkansas

A: You have posed some very good questions. We offer various forms of STD screening. Generally, you can expect a blood test. This will involve a technician taking a blood sample from you. While the process may be somewhat painful, it is no different from the blood samples you provide to your local physician. Our tests are very reliable, and you can normally have your results back in a matter of days. It is important to make sure you wait the appropriate amount of time after an exposure before testing to ensure reliable results. Our counselors can discuss this with you when you arrange for testing over the phone.