Updated: Jan 5
Getting an STD test can make anyone anxious. Dr. Alamelu on how you can prepare for an STD test and make it a less anxiety-ridden experience.
Does the word STD make you feel anxious?
You're not alone. Going for an STD test can make anybody anxious. You need to share intimate details and answer questions that might be a bit awkward and last but not least, you might need a blood draw. However, with the incidences of STIs & STDs at a record high, getting an STD/STI test isn't just important, it could probably save your life.
While it's never going to be easy to get these tests, it doesn't always have to be such an awful experience either. With the right doctor and/or the right facility you can get the treatment that you need without the anxiety. Here are some things you can do to prepare for the test -
Remember, your doctor/provider has seen them all
Doctors and providers deal with this day in and day out, so they have pretty much seen or heard everything. The questions that fill you with anxiety are most probably routine for them.
Notify your doctor or Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Most PCPs or doctor's offices are not equipped to do STD/STI testing, unlike most urgent cares. The general health check-ups do not include STD tests, so notify your doctor if you suspect that you have an STD/STI.
Make an appointment
Find out a clinic or urgent care near you that does STD testing and make an appointment. This will give you time to note down all the questions that you might have for the doctor/provider.
Figure out the tests that you need
Let the caregiver team know what tests you want performed. This could be based on specific symptoms that you are experiencing or your previous partner's health history. If you aren't sure then talk to the provider about the symptoms you're experiencing or your suspicions and they can recommend the appropriate tests.
What's involved in the test
While STD testing is no fun, choosing the right facility will make the process quick, easy, and as pain-free as possible. Depending on the STDs you're getting tested for you would need to do blood tests, urine tests, throat, vaginal and/or anal swabs. A physical exam may also be required.
Getting the results of an STD/STI test(s)
A negative result would indeed be good news but we still recommend that you talk it over with your partner. Keep in mind, one negative result does not always mean that you are STD free.
A positive result is not the end of the world. If it's a simple enough infection your provider will suggest treatment options to you. If it's a more serious infection like herpes or HIV, then the provider will suggest treatment options to manage the symptoms.
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