Good question. Many people wonder what testing is like to detect a sexually transmitted infection/disease.
Chlamydia or Gonorrhea
A urine sample is taken and can be cultured.
A specimen from the cervix or penis can be examined or cultured.
A visual look at the sores and a swab sample can be cultured.
Blood test can help determine past exposure.
Vaginal Infections: Yeast – Bacterial – Trichomonas
A sample of discharge is examined under the microscope.
There is no test for virus types of HPV - but bumps/lumps on genitals or anal area can be checked by a health care provider.
Rapid testing is done through an oral swab and results are produced in 20 minutes.
Hepatitis B and C
Since 1 in 2 young people contract an STD by age 25, and most don’t know it, it’s important to get checked regularly. Use our tool The Check to learn whether or not you’re at risk. Then make an appointment with your local Planned Parenthood health center near to GYT, Get Yourself Tested! Testing fast and affordable. Call 1-866-476-1321 or visit http://www.ppnne.org
For more information about getting tested, visit http://www.gytnow.com
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