Frequently Asked Questions

Why and When should I get tested?
What diseases do you test for?
Does tSTD's services apply to me?
How can I find out that I'm O.K. as simply as possible?
How is tSTD different than other testing options?
Does practicing safe sex eliminate the need for tSTDs' services?
What if I've already engaged in unsafe sex?
Can I get the same STD more than once?
Why would I trust tSTD to perform these tests and provide results?
How does tSTD's process work?
Do you take insurance?
Why wouldn't I just go to see my doctor?
Why must I order all seven tests rather than just the tests I'm interested in?
Why should I get my partner(s) tested?
If I can't afford your tests, are there any other testing options available to me?

Why and When should I get tested?top

Unless you abstain from sex, or are in a monogamous relationship, you are at risk of contracting or spreading STDs. You should consider getting tested before your next sexual encounter. Why? Because the benefits of early detection and prevention that come from using accurate STD screening tests are very significant.

Objections? The most common objections to getting tested are: 1) a lack of symptoms, 2) worry about seroconversion periods - the time required for the disease to show up in a test, and 3) belief that "knowing" isn't always better.

Approximately 75% of people with STDs do not exhibit symptoms - but they can still be contagious and may develop symptoms later. Seroconversion periods are a reason to get tested more regularly, not less, as precisely identifying when the infection was contracted is very difficult. "Knowing" is always better. Bacterial STDs can usually be cured with antibiotics and they can cause long-term health problems if left untreated. Viral STDs are incurable, but can be managed with proper diagnosis and treatment.

What diseases do you test for?top

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, genital herpes, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Does tSTD's service apply to me?top

Sexual contact of any kind can expose a person to STDs. Every person engaging in sexual activity can be a carrier of STDs, regardless of whether they show symptoms or not. tSTD’s goal is to help ensure that its customers do not contract or spread seven of the most common and harmful STDs.

How can I find out that I'm O.K. as simply as possible?top

tSTD's service requires a 5 minute phone call and a 15 minute visit to a test location. The test results will be available within 3 days.

How is tSTD different than other testing options?top

Comprehensive. tSTD has done extensive research into which STDs are most prevalent and harmful. The test panel offered has been specifically engineered to screen for these seven infections, using the most current medical diagnostic technology available today. The reflex tests performed on positive results have been carefully selected to ensure correct results. The 4500 Collection Sites located throughout the U.S. are easily accessible and have extended hours of operation. Sample collection at the Collection Sites should only take approximately 15 minutes. Test results are available by phone or web within 3 days after sample collection. Confidential. Customers are issued a 13 digit PIN when ordering tests.

Does practicing safe sex eliminate the need for tSTD?top

No, but safe sexual practices can help reduce the chances of contracting or spreading certain STDs. tSTD leaves your sexual practices up to you, but provides valuable information about you and your partner(s) in a very timely fashion. Avoiding sexual contact with carriers of STDs as well as early detection and treatment may significantly reduce the spread of STDs.

What if I've already engaged in unsafe sex?top

Whether you have been fortunate and not contracted an STD or whether you already are infected, getting yourself and your partner(s) tested is critical for early detection and treatment of an STD. Untreated infected persons can infect partners, as well as develop more serious health complications.

Can I get the same STD more than once?top

Yes. You are not immune to an STD if you have had it before. STDs caused by bacteria (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) can be treated and cured, but can be contracted again if exposed. Viral STDs (herpes, hepatitis and HIV) cannot be cured.

Why would I trust tSTD to perform these tests and provide results?top

tSTD's processes and tests have been designed by technology and medical diagnostic specialists to ensure the greatest possible integrity, accuracy and confidentiality. Testing methods are closely supervised for quality control. Laboratory services are performed by the Nation's leaders in diagnostic testing.

How does tSTD's process work?top

Request your tests via web or by calling. Customers are given a unique PIN for identification at the testing facility of their choice, where a single blood draw and urine sample will be collected. Results are accessible within 3 days via telephone and web, using the PIN.

Do you take insurance?top

No, as the personal information required by insurance companies would violate tSTD's confidentiality policy.

Why wouldn't I just go to see my doctor?top

You should discuss your sexual health and concerns related to STDs with your physician. However, most physicians can not provide the service that tSTD offers with the same level of convenience, confidentiality and low cost. tSTD also provides for voluntary results sharing among partners. Anyone with obvious symptoms of an STD should see a physician immediately.

Why must I order all seven tests rather than just the tests I'm interested in?top

The tSTD panel of tests and reflex tests was developed by scientists with expertise in the field of sexually transmitted diseases, and are considered the best screenings that can be administered by blood and urine testing today. The panel addresses seven of the most prevalent and serious STDs for customers concerned about contracting and spreading these infections. Anyone with symptoms of an STD should see a physician immediately.

Why should I get my partner tested?top

STDs are different from many other diseases in that they are typically spread by sexual or skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Individuals must make a conscious effort to avoid contracting or spreading STDs by getting themselves and their partner tested. tSTD's service is designed specifically to facilitate the voluntary sharing of results with partners, while maintaining complete confidentiality.

If I can't afford your tests, are there any other testing options available to me?top

Yes. There are organizations and publicly funded clinics nationwide that offer testing and counseling. Contact your local Health Department for referrals.

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