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Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs in the nation and is often spread because symptoms are not always noticeable. Caused by the chlamydia trachomatis bacterium, this STD can be damaging to reproductive organs and can also produce painful symptoms for both genders. Some of these include irregular vaginal or penile discharge, burning or itching of the genitalia, swelling, painful urination, and fever.
Chlamydia can be easily treated with antibiotics after diagnosis, and the best way to determine if you’ve contracted the bacteria is through chlamydia testing.
Genital herpes is an STD that causes painful blisters or sores on or around the genitalia, anus, or mouth in the case of oral sex. This STD is caused by the herpes simplex virus—the same virus that causes cold sores—of which there are two types: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-2 is the cause of most cases of genital herpes.
Not all who are infected with HSV-2 experience external symptoms, also known as outbreaks, but they can still spread the STD even if they don’t know they have contracted it.
Our herpes testing checks for both the herpes simplex I and herpes simplex II virus. If your test results are returned positive, our consultants can help you find the best options for treatment that will minimize the occurrence of outbreaks.
Gonorrhea is an STD that is easily spread, and can also be passed by a mother to her baby during childbirth. Caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, this bacterium usually affects the urethra in men and women, and can also infect the reproductive track in females. Gonorrhea can also be found in the mouth, throat and anus in some cases.
Symptoms of gonorrhea usually include unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, swelling of the genitalia, a burning sensation when urinating, and swollen glands in the throat or a burning throat as a result of oral sex.
Our gonorrhea testing will check for the presence of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria to determine if you’ve been infected.
HIV Antibody Testing
The human immunodeficiency virus, known by most as HIV, is an STD that attacks the human immune system. In its advanced stages, HIV leads to AIDS, which can be a life-threatening disease. HIV destroys the CD4+ T blood cells, which are essential in the human body to fight disease. HIV is commonly spread through sexual contact, but can also be passed through blood, such as in the instance of sharing needles.
There’s no cure for HIV currently, but medications can delay the onset of AIDS. Because those with HIV may not notice any symptoms, it’s important to get tested as soon as you suspect transmission.
Hepatitis B Testing
Hepatitis is an infectious liver disease that has three forms: A, B, and C. Hepatitis B is typically spread through unprotected sex between a person who is infected and another who has not been vaccinated. In some cases, hepatitis B can also be spread through blood, such as from a mother to a baby during birth or through shared needles, exposed sharp objects, etc.
A hepatitis B blood test is the earliest way to determine if you have the virus, even if the infection isn’t active. If your results show a positive or borderline positive result, we will run an additional test at no extra charge to confirm the result.
Hepatitis C Testing
Like hepatitis A and B, hepatitis C can be harmful to liver function and can even cause liver cancer in its advanced stages. Hepatitis C is spread through blood or bodily fluids, and can occur during sex.
Our Hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test (Anti-HBs) detects antibodies to the hepatitis C virus in blood samples. Those infected with the virus will produce antibodies to fight it, and the Hepatitis C test determines if those antibodies are present.
Similar to other STD tests that check for antibody levels for specific viruses, the Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) test detects antibodies in the blood that the body has produced to fight syphilis. However, it can take several weeks for the body to produce enough of these antibodies to be detected by the test.
The screening for this test is sensitive, which means false-positive results can sometimes be returned. If your test is positive, we will run an additional test for confirmation of the result.
It’s important to remember that if you have been treated for syphilis previously, your test could still show as positive. Be sure to have your past health records on hand for your doctor if it is not your first time testing for syphilis.