What is an STD?
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease. An STD can also be referred to as an STI, or sexually transmitted infection. STDs and STIs are transmitted sexually, meaning that they are contracted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. There are a wide variety of STDs and STIs, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, which is why regular STD testing is critical if you are sexually active.
What are some STD/STI symptoms?
While many STDs have associated symptoms, most often, STDs and STIs are asymptomatic. This why all sexually active individuals should receive regular testing at one of our trusted Accurate STD Testing facilities. If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms below, order your STD testing today by calling us or ordering online.
Urine that is odorous or dark: This can be an indication that your kidneys are infected or possibly something more severe as a result of chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Discharge from genitals: This is a symptom typically indicative of chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Body sores: These sores or abrasions are usually symptoms associated with syphilis’s secondary stage.
Burning during urination: You should seek immediate testing as this can be a symptom of gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Bumps, legions, blisters, or warts on the genital area: Although bumps can be benign, they can potentially be harmful and require immediate attention by a professional. Warts, sores, or blisters are common symptoms of the herpes virus.
You can read more about STI symptoms in our STD Info portal.
I'm a virgin: can I still contract an STD?
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, which means you need engage in a sexual act to contract one. It is important to note that sexual acts include vaginal and anal intercourse as well as oral sex.
Why do I need to get tested?
Getting tested for an STD is critical. You may have one and not know, which means you could spread the disease unknowingly to others or miss out on treatment options, causing severe complications in the future. What’s more, should you engage in any sexual act without protection, you greatly increase your probability of contracting an STD. This includes all exchanges of semen, pre-cum, vaginal secretions, and even blood. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have an STD is to get tested.
- Every year there are roughly 333 million new instances of young adults worldwide becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
- 20% of individuals in the U.S. have a sexually transmitted disease.
- Teens account for 25% of new STD infections.
- 25% of people will contract a sexually transmitted disease during their lifetime.
- 10% of teens know an individual who is HIV 1/2-positive.
How do I receive my results?
Results are made available through a secure login link unique to your order. Only you can access your results. Our care counselors can also provide results over the phone if you prefer. Results are available typically 3 business days or less after your STD testing.
What is the testing procedure like?
Testing procedures vary for each STD. Depending on what you are being tested for, we will either need a blood or urine sample. For example, herpes, HIV 1/2, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and syphilis require a blood sample; whereas, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and chlamydia require a sample of urine.
Can I get tested locally?
We have testing centers nationwide, ensuring that you can always get tested locally with Accurate STD Testing. Visit our testing center locator to find a testing center near you.
Can I get re-infected by an STD I've already had?
Yes, you can contract the same STD multiple times, even after receiving medical treatment.
Does every STD produce symptoms?
No. Some STDs have no symptoms at all. In addition, some symptoms may not appear for years, while others may be so insignificant that they go completely unnoticed. For this reason, if you have had unprotected sex you should seek STD testing.
What happens once my testing is complete?
Results from your test will be ready in 24 to 72 hours. You can obtain your results by using a secure login link unique to your order, or by calling us at 1-888-857-8122.
How do I choose my STD test?
Accurate STD makes choosing the right test or testing panel simple. Our online order process is simple, or you may call and talk to one of our counselors at 1-888-857-8122.
How do I know if I need an STD test?
If you have had unprotected sex of any kind, it is important that you get tested. This is especially important because many STDs do not have symptoms or do not produce symptoms for years. Catching these diseases early ensures that you can receive immediate treatment and prevent more severe complications. Call us at 1-888-857-8122 and speak to one our care counselors.
Can I get an STD from oral/anal sex?
Yes, you can contract STDs through unprotected oral or anal sex. If you have had unprotected oral or anal sex, you are at risk for contracting an STD and should get tested today with Accurate STD Testing.
Can I visit the testing facility I found on your location finder without ordering a test?
Actually, no. One of our physicians will have to review and approve your request before you can visit a testing facility. After reviewing your request for a test at a specific location, we’ll make contact with the testing facility and ensure that you can be tested.
Do I need an appointment to get tested?
No. Once our doctor confirms your test with the testing facility, you can go to the location of your choice whenever is convenient for you. That includes same-day testing if that’s what you’d prefer. All you have to do is walk in with your test requisition and the facility will accommodate you. Just make sure to check your requested facility’s hours of operation before you arrive.
What do I need to bring to my testing appointment?
Just you. The test should only take 5-10 minutes and will include either a urine or blood sample, or both. Wear a loose-fitting shirt if you are testing for herpes, HIV, hepatitis or syphilis to accommodate for a blood draw.
Do you share my test results with my insurance provider?
Not unless you’d like us to. Our two biggest concerns for our patients are their health and their privacy. As a result, we will not share your requisition for a test with anyone, not even your personal doctor or insurance provider, unless you ask us to. The same goes for your test results.
How will paying for this service appear on my credit card bill?
The charge will appear as “SFHT”. We don’t publish the name of the service that will appear on your credit card in order to protect your privacy. We can ensure the name will not include STD, STI, HIV, or any other sexual health phrases.
What do you do with my personal information?
Absolutely nothing. We store all of your credit card and test information on a secure server that we only access upon your request. Otherwise, it is locked away and completely unavailable to the general public.
What if both my significant other and I want to get tested together?
Both of you will request a test at the same facility. Our doctors will arrange for your test and then the two of you can go to the testing facility together to begin the testing process.
What if I have problems at the testing facility?
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns during your testing experience, call one of our sexual health counselors at 1-888-857-8122 and they will help you resolve the issue.
What if I test positive?
Our sexual health counselors can help talk you through next steps. There are several treatment options that we can provide to help you get healthy as quickly and discreetly as our testing. We specifically specialize in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis treatments.