What is an STD?
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (also referred to as STDs or STIs - "sexually transmitted infections" are diseases that spread from person to person through intimate sexual contact, but can also be spread through other means such as IV drug use (sharing needles) and, in the case of some STDs, even through child birth. The truth is that all people who are engaging in sexual activity are at risk for STDs. In fact, statistics show that almost all people who are sexually active will contract an STD within their lifetime.
Which STDs can I get tested for?
At STDtesting.com, we offer tests for the 8 most common STDs: HIV, Herpes 1, Herpes 2, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis - all of which you can test for at a confidential testing center local to you. If you are looking to be tested from the comfort and privacy of your own home, you can choose a Home Chlamydia Test, Home Trichonomiasis and/or Home Gonorrhea Test Kit. All of our tests are available to purchase online, by clicking here.
Are the tests offered accurate?
We use the same STD tests that you would receive at a hospital - so be assured you are testing with the most accurate tests available. However, there is always a slight chance of what is called a "False Negative" or "False Positive." If you believe your test result may be falsely negative or positive, please call one of our STD counselors at 866-467-7803 to evaluate your results.
How do I know if I have an STD?
Some people who become infected with STDs will experience symptoms, which can differ based on the type of disease or infection. Although each STD can have specific symptoms, many STDs (such as Chlamydia symptoms and Gonorrhea symptoms) often show no signs or symptoms of infection, and are therefore known as "silent" diseases.
The only way to be completely sure of your sexual health is to be tested for STDs, and STDtesting.com can help. And, in the chance you test positive for an STD, we offer real help. We offer on-call STD counselors available to discuss your results, evaluate symptoms, and even set up an appointment with our physician - who can, in many cases, prescribe treatment over the phone. See a list of common STD symptoms, by clicking here.
Is oral sex considered "safe sex"?
It is a common misconception to believe that oral sex is "safe sex." The fact is that you can both contract and pass along an STD through oral sex and whether that is vaginal, penile, or anal oral sex. However, it is important to note that oral sex is significantly lower-risk that vaginal or anal intercourse. To lower your risk even more, we always recommend using a condom or dental dam when performing oral sex on a partner you deem is at risk for STDs. It's always better to be safe when it comes to your sexual health.