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Do you think that you might have an STD? Did someone report you as having a STD that you don’t think you have? Getting tested for STDs is always a good thing to do. Whether it be to disprove a rumor, get to the bottom of a suspicious growth, or out of genuine courtesy for your partner, getting tested will help you know the truth about your body, spread that truth to others, and fight the worst case scenario with proper medical care.

HIV/AIDS Testing

HIV and AIDS can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If the test detects antibodies to HIV it means that your body has been infected and is fighting the infection. HIV antibodies can typically be detected 2 to 6 months after the initial infection.

Genital Herpes Testing

HSV2 can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If the blood test detects antibodies to HSV2 it means that your body has been infected and is fighting the infection. The incubation period for HSV2 can be as little as 7 to 10 days and as long as 1 to 3 months or longer.

Hepatitis C Testing

HCV can be detected with a simple blood test. If you test positive for antibodies then you have HCV. HCV can be detected as little as 2 weeks after the initial infection.

HPV Testing

There is no blood test for HPV. HPV is typically detected by swabbing a suspicious area and testing it for the virus. Women are usually diagnosed after a viral test of the cervix and for men suspected anal cancer.

Genital Warts Testing

As a form of HPV Genital Warts has no blood test, but it is an easier form of HPV to detect. Besides the obvious symptoms of warts in the genital area it is common for small Genital Warts invisible to the human eye or in hard to find places to be diagnosed by applying acetic acid to the suspected area. If Genital Warts are present the acetic acid will change their color to a bright white.

Conclusion

Although there are far more ways to get STDs than to get tested for them there are a number of ways to find out if you significantly more likely than not do not have a STD. If you want to be tested as soon as possible or just want to think of places to get tested down the road after your done having fun elsewhere then speak with your physician or browse our Directory of STD Resources for online STD testing solutions.

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