A sexually transmitted disease can happen to anyone who is sexually active, regardless of age, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. An STD is nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s a medical condition that needs to be treated. You need to protect both your health and that of your sexual partner’s. That is what matters. However, STDs carry a certain stigma in our society. For this reason, most people prefer to seek testing and treatment for an STD privately.
If you live in the Orlando area and you’re concerned about an STD, STDcheck can help you. There are plenty of testing labs near you in Orlando. Here are a few facts about STDcheck:
- 10-test panel available for STDs
- No paperwork or identifying information is required
- Convenient testing locations
- Doctors on staff provide treatment and referrals if needed
- Bound by federal HIPAA privacy rules
If caught early, most STDs are 100 percent curable. STDcheck makes protecting your health easy, confidential and safe. All you need to do is contact them, report to a testing center, provide a urine or blood sample and that’s it. You never give your name or information. Your results are sent to you, and only you, by email. No one else will know unless you tell them.
To protect your privacy, STDcheck cannot accept health insurance. If they did, there would be a record of your test and results with your insurance company. This information could be released legally to certain parties, compromising your privacy.
Testing through STDcheck is completely anonymous. Your test is conducted without any identifying information, and your results are delivered to you the same way. There is no special preparation for STD testing. Most labs have convenient hours and don’t require an appointment. STDcheck makes all lab arrangements. All you do is select one that’s close to you, show up and provide a urine or blood sample.
The 10-test panel includes:
- HIV type 1 and 2
- Herpes type 1 and 2
- Hepatitis A, B and C
Herpes type 1 and 2 are also included. STDcheck is the only testing company to offer testing for hepatitis A as part of its comprehensive panel. Testing involves providing a small sample of urine or blood or both, depending on the test involved. Your results will be ready in one to two days. If your results are negative, you walk away with peace of mind. If they’re positive, you will receive a telephone consultation with one of STDcheck’s physicians to discuss treatment, referrals and other options.
Only STDcheck offers the HIV RNA Early Detection Test. It can detect the presence of HIV only nine to 11 days after you become infected. The reason it can detect HIV so early is because it doesn’t look for HIV antibodies like a standard HIV test does. The HIV RNA Early Detection Test looks for the presence of the HIV virus itself.
A standard HIV test can’t provide reliable results for as long as three months after viral exposure. This is because it takes time for the body to produce antibodies. Antibodies are special proteins that are formed to fight infections.
HIV is a viral infection that destroys the body’s immune system. Many people don’t know they have HIV because they have no symptoms, especially in the early stages. Some possible symptoms include:
- Being very tired
- Drenching night sweats
- Persistent diarrhea
- Sores in the mouth and on the genitals
HIV is incurable. However, it is treatable. Only STD testing can tell you for sure if you have this virus or not.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual intercourse. It may produce no symptoms at all. This is especially true for women. Gonorrhea can invade and destroy the delicate structures of the female reproductive system, leaving a woman infertile.
Possible symptoms are bleeding between periods, bloody or pus-like vaginal discharge and possibly pelvic pain. A woman may also notice a burning sensation when urinating.
Men may notice pain in the testicles, green or yellow penile discharge and a burning upon urination. The bacteria can also infect the anus, possibly producing pain upon defecation and itching around the anal opening. Gonorrhea can infect the throat through oral sex.
Gonorrhea can even invade the eyes. If semen gets into the eyes, possibly through sex play, or if discharge from the genitals is transferred there accidentally, a gonorrheal eye infection can occur.
It’s important to be tested for this disease if there is any possibility that you may be infected. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. They may not. You will provide a urine sample for a gonorrhea test.
Syphilis and Chlamydia Testing
Syphilis is a very serious STD caused by a strange kind of bacterial organism called a spirochete. When treated early, syphilis is completely curable. However, advanced syphilis can be fatal. It can cause brain damage, insanity, blindness, paralysis and tumors. Many people will have no initial symptoms.
An infected person may notice a sore, called a chancre, at the point where the spirochete entered the body. Since it’s passed during sex, this chancre may be located inside the vagina where a woman can’t see it. Men are more likely to see a chancre on the penis because it’s more visible. Other symptoms may include:
- Muscle aches
- Swollen glands
- Low-grade fever
These symptoms are subtle and non-specific. They could be due to many conditions. That’s why STD testing is so important. It’s the only way to be certain you’re free of an STD. You will provide a blood sample for syphilis testing.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection spread through vaginal, oral and anal sex. It’s easily treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can cause sterility in men and infertility in women. Men and women may notice pain upon urination and discharge from the genitals. Women may experience pelvic pain. However, chlamydia is a silent STD. This means that it often produces no symptoms at all. Only testing can tell you for sure that you’re not infected. Testing involves a urine sample.
Genital and Oral Herpes Testing
There are two viruses that cause herpes infection transmittable by sexual, anal and oral intercourse. One is called HSV-1 and the other is called HSV-2. HSV-2 usually infects the genital region while HSV-1 causes oral herpes. However, HSV-1 can infect the genitals through oral sex. The virus causes painful blisters to appear on the oral or genital area. There may be itching and burning, too.
A blood test can detect both viruses. Herpes isn’t curable, but it’s treatable with antiviral medication. Proper use of condoms may reduce transmission risk, but it can’t eliminate it. STDcheck recommends that you be tested for both HSV-1 and HSV-2 at the same time.
Herpes is especially dangerous to a pregnant woman because the virus can be passed to the infant during vaginal birth. All pregnant women should be positive that they are free of the herpes virus. If there is an active infection at the time of birth, a C-section will protect the infant.
Herpes can increase the risk of cervical cancer, encephalitis and a type of meningitis. It’s a virus best avoided, but if testing reveals that you have it, you can at least get medication for it and be aware of the risks you may face. A blood sample is needed for a herpes test.
There are three forms of hepatitis. They are A, B and C. Testing for all three is with a simple blood test. Hepatitis is a viral infection of the liver. Depending upon the form, it’s acquired in different ways. Hepatitis A is typically acquired through accidental ingestion of fecal matter. This could be through contaminated water, seafood or unpeeled fruits and unwashed vegetables.
This disease is generally self-limiting. The body will clear the virus by itself in most cases. Hepatitis A is not a chronic condition.
Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, pain under the ribs on the right side of the body, low-grade fever, dark urine and light colored stools. There may also be joint pain.
Hepatitis B and C
Both of these liver infections can be either acute or chronic. Acute means that the active infection and its symptoms are temporary. The body’s immune system fights off the virus and clears it from the system. Chronic means that the body has been unable to get rid of the virus on its own. The disease and its symptoms continue to intensify and become more serious.
Hepatitis B has symptoms similar to that of Hepatitis A. A yellowing of the skin, called jaundice, may also occur. Most people clear this virus on their own. However, if it becomes chronic, it can cause liver cancer, cirrhosis and liver failure.
There is no cure for this disease, but it’s preventable with a vaccine. You can get Hepatitis B by sharing contaminated needles, through sexual intercourse and through contact with infected blood.
Hepatitis C has symptoms similar to those of Hepatitis B, but it may produce no symptoms at all. It’s transmitted through contaminated needles, including tattoo needles. If you ever received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992, you are at possible risk.
Persons born between 1945 and 1965 have the highest Hepatitis C infection rate. Your text to link…. Chronic hepatitis C is often curable with a special medication protocol.
The STD Exposure Window
It’s vital to understand the concept of the STD exposure window. This is the period of time in which an infection is not detectable by a particular testing method. It’s similar to an incubation period. Once infected with an STD pathogen, it takes time for the body to produce antibodies against it. This period of time is called a window.
For example, if someone becomes infected with HIV on January first, it may be as long as the first part of April before it can be detected by standard HIV tests. That’s how long it can take for antibody levels to rise high enough for the test to find them. That’s why it may be necessary to repeat certain STD tests.
The window for hepatitis C is about six to nine weeks. For hepatitis B, it’s one to nine weeks, with four weeks being the average. It’s important to ask your STDcheck staff about repeat testing for certain STDs. It’s the only way to be sure you’re disease-free.
STD Testing in Orlando
Only a history of total abstinence can guarantee that you aren’t infected with an STD. Protect your health and guard your privacy by selecting a reliable testing company. STDcheck offers accurate, confidential, convenient, comprehensive testing services that you can trust. Your health is too precious for anything less.