Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Someone Get a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, commonly referred to as STDs are passed from one person to the next through unprotected sexual activity. It can also be caught while using dirty needles while injecting intravenous drugs. STDs can also be spread during childbirth or when breastfeeding. If someone with an STD has unprotected sex more than likely they will pass the infection on to their partner.

Common STDs are syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. If you think you may have contracted an STD it’s critical that you get tested as soon as possible. Call 1-800-456-2323 and talk to one of our trained counselors or go online and chat with us live through our website.

How can I tell if I have an STD?

STDs are fairly common these days. Many STDs do not have any obvious symptoms. The only way to tell if you are infected is if you get a test. If you’re infected and do not realize it you are at risk for passing your STD on to someone else. If you have had contact with someone infected with an STD, then you are at risk.

Should I wait until I show symptoms before getting tested for an STD?

No. Many STDs have no obvious symptoms but if you have had unprotected sex of any form, you need to be tested. Although you do not have symptoms you could be infected and spreading the disease. For your peace of mind, get tested and if necessary you can start your treatment.

Where can I go for an STD test?

You can be sure that we have an STD Testing Center near you as we have 4,000 locations nationwide. When you call our toll free number 1-800-446-2323 or order your test online you can find a location near you.

What is needed for an STD test?

If you’re being tested for oral or genital herpes, hepatitis A, B or C, syphilis, or HIV we will be taking a blood sample. If you are being tested for chlamydia or gonorrhea we will be taking a urine sample from you. You will go to one of our testing centers to be tested. It’s very quick as you will not be asked any embarrassing questions or need to fill out any paperwork.

Why is STD Testing Centers of America the best choice for testing?

STD Testing Centers of America is the only testing service offering the FDA Approved RNA HIV Early Detection test. This is the only test that can give conclusive results 9 to 11 days after someone has been exposed. Other early detection tests have a 28 day waiting period.

Under age teenagers 16 and 17 years of age are able to be tested without parental consent (in states where the law allows it).

You will receive your results within 1 or 2 days at STD Testing Centers of America.

No other STD testing service includes the hepatitis A test in their comprehensive STD Testing Panel. We are the only ones. Our testing is truly comprehensive.

What symptoms should I look for if I suspect I have an STD?

If there are symptoms you might have sores on your genitals, have a discharge, and itch. When urinating you may feel like it’s burning, or your urine may be darker than usual or smell. You may see strange looking rashes or spots on your body. There may be warts, blisters, lesions or bumps on your genitals. There could be an odor or white spots in and around your pubic hair. However there are many STDs that show no apparent symptoms.

Which STD test should I choose?

If you are worried about having one STD then you could be at risk for having all STDs. We recommend that you choose our comprehensive 10 Test Panel as this will test you for oral and genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis A, B, and C and HIV-1 and 2.

Will I have to go through a physical exam when being tested for STDs?

Not at all. Our STD tests consist of taking small samples of blood or urine. We don’t take any swabs and no physical examination is required.

What do I need to know before going for testing?

No special preparations need to be made. You do not need to fast ahead of time. If you are being tested for chlamydia or gonorrhea, hold off on urinating for one hour before you visit our testing center.

When will I get my results?

Almost all results are delivered 1 to 2 days after being tested. Some states have rules that require more processing time so you will need to call us at 1-800-456-2323 and we will keep you updated on the progress.

Can STDs be cured?

Most all STDs can be cured if they’re diagnosed early enough. HIV and herpes cannot be cured, but they can be managed.

Once treated can I get the same STD again?

Yes it can come back again. Just because you’ve been treated does not mean that you are protected from any STD in the future. If you’ve had unprotected sex you need to be tested whether or not you’ve been treated in the past. It’s fairly common for people to become re-infected if they do not complete the full course of their prescribed treatment. People can also get more than one STD simultaneously.

If I’ve been exposed to an STD how long do I need to wait to be tested?

There are different development cycles for different STDs, thus varying waiting periods. To ensure that you’re free of all STDs it’s best to be tested for all the common STDs and these include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, hepatitis A, B, and C, and oral and genital herpes. If you have questions about the best time for testing call our trained counselors at 1-800-456-2323. They can take your call 24/7.

Will I be able to get my STD test results on my cell phone?

If you have a smartphone and can receive emails, yes. Your results will be sent in a PDF and most smartphones are able to retrieve and display PDF files.

Will my health insurance cover this?

No. We will not be submitting a claim to your insurance company in order to protect your privacy.

If I use a Credit Card, how will the charge appear on my statement?

The charge will appear on your statement from “FPK Services” in order to protect your privacy.

Can I cancel my test once it’s been ordered?

Yes you can cancel your order and receive a refund within 24 – 48 hours of the cancellation as long as you have not yet visited the test center.

Do a lot of people have STDs?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 25% of people in the U.S. have had a positive test for STDs. The number could be higher because so many people are reluctant to be tested so never know they are infected. Also there are STDs that can be treated effectively at home, such as public lice (known as crabs). The number of cases of HPV and herpes do not require reporting so the CDC does not have those figures.

I practice monogamy but my test result was positive for an STD. Does this mean that my partner cheated on me?

Maybe not as some STDs lie dormant for years with no symptoms. So it may be that you have carried this disease for years without knowing it. It may be that your partner has also remained monogamous as well.

How can I keep from contracting an STD?

You can certainly avoid getting an STD by making sure you never have unprotected sex or inject intravenous drugs. If you stay in a monogamous relationship this will also limit your chances of catching an infection, but there are no guarantees. In order to remain disease free it is best to be tested every year. You would want to know of your partner’s sexual history and health as well. If they’ve been infected you should know. By being tested annually you can receive treatment for any STDs and cure the infection before it becomes more serious

If I’m still a virgin is it possible to get an STD?

Even if you’ve never been sexually active it is still possible to get STDs. Oral herpes and HPV can easily be transferred from one person to another by kissing or having oral sex. To be completely worry free one must avoid all types of sexual activity and refrain from any intravenous drug use.

Does using condoms protect against all STDs?

Condoms can never provide 100% protection from all infections. If you use latex or polyurethane condoms they can prevent the transmission of most STDs however.

If I have a Cold Store does that mean I have herpes?

Yes this is a symptom of herpes simplex virus-1. Herpes is spread through kissing and from having oral sex.

Can I get an STD by kissing someone?

Some STDs can be transmitted through kissing, like herpes-1, however most STD’s are contracted by having sexual intercourse.

What is the difference between AIDS and HIV?

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is caused by the HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Being HIV positive is not the same as having AIDS. Once a person gets HIV their immune system is under attack by the virus. As time goes on this person is likely to become ill from other diseases because their immune system has been weakened. However many people with HIV may not come down with AIDS for many years after their HIV diagnosis.

AIDS is defined by the CDC as someone who comes down with other illnesses due to their weakened immune system from HIV. These patients may have a T-cell or CD4+ count of less than 200. If you are worried that you may be infected with HIV you must get this confirmed one way or the other through quality testing. And you must see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

How do I know that STD Testing Centers of America is qualified to properly perform STD testing and give accurate results?

Our testing centers use only FDA Approved tests and our labs are certified by the CLIA. The processes we have in place for testing have all been thoroughly vetted by medical experts and diagnosticians to verify that all lab testing standards are met and even exceeded in terms of accuracy, integrity and confidentiality.

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