What should I know about sexually transmitted infections?
There are more than 20 different types of infections that you can come in contact with during sexual activity. You can contract a sexually-transmitted infection (STI) or a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) even if you use a latex condom correctly. The infections can be bacterial, viral or parasitic. Common infections include:
The earlier an infection is caught, the easier it is to treat. Infections caused by bacteria or parasites are treated with antibiotics and other medicines. There is no cure for viral infections, such as herpes or HIV, but there are medications to manage symptoms. A pregnant woman who has an undiagnosed STI can pose health risks to her unborn child.
How would someone know they have a sexually-transmitted infection?
Blood tests can show if you have a sexually-transmitted infection.
How can I get tested?
You can order your own blood tests right now, without consulting a health care provider. We offer blood tests to diagnose common sexually-transmitted infections. To decide which test is right for you, read the symptoms listed under each of our tests for sexually-transmitted infections, which are listed below. Choose the test or tests that match the symptoms you have. If a sexual partner has informed you they have a specific STI, order the test for that infection.
After you have selected the test or tests you need, place your order and our board-certified physician will authorize you to have the tests performed. After you order the test, you will receive a laboratory requisition in your email that you can bring with you to more than 50 convenient Health Network Laboratory locations where we will draw your blood for testing.
When your results are ready, we will let you know. Your test results are secure, confidential and available to only you. You can choose if you want to share your results with anyone else, including your doctor. Please note, we do not accept insurance at this time.