This test screens for:
For more information, please see descriptions of the individual tests under the “What is Being Tested?” tab.
HIV 1 & 2 Screen:
This test does not require fasting.
It is important to remember that some people experience symptoms of an infection, but other people can have a sexually transmitted disease and have no symptoms. That is why it is important to get tested frequently. Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases may include:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. For more information on symptoms, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/std
This test is recommended for anyone who wants to know about their sexual health, as well as those who:
Specific to HIV 1 & 2:
For more information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm
This test screens for chlamydia, the most commonly reported STD in the US. Chlamydia is treatable and your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics to cure the infection. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious health conditions including pain, fever, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy.
This test screens for gonorrhea, an STD that infects both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. Gonorrhea is treatable and your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics to cure the infection. Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health conditions, including infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
This test screens for syphilis, an STD that can lead to sores, skin rashes and lesions throughout the body including the penis, vagina, anus, rectum, lips and mouth. Syphilis can have serious consequences if left untreated; infection can invade your organs, the nervous system or the eyes. Despite the severity of the disease, it can be easily cured in its early stages. It is possible to become infected again, even after successful treatment.
HIV 1 & 2 Screen
This test screens for HIV. HIV is a sexually transmitted virus that attacks and destroys immune system cells that are necessary to fight disease and infection. HIV is not curable, although it can be controlled by treatment. If left untreated, an HIV infection can progress and lead to AIDS.
This test screens for Trichomoniasis, a common STD which is transmitted through sex with an infected person. Trichomoniasis is caused by an infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Only about 30% of infected people develop any signs or symptoms. Pregnant women infected with trichomonas are more likely to experience preterm delivery and have infants with a low birth weight. Trichomoniasis can increase your risk of contracting or spreading other STDs. Although it is treatable with medication, it’s possible to be re-infected due to sexual contact with an infected partner.
This test screens for Hepatitis B, a liver infection that is transmitted by blood, semen, or other body fluid from an infected person. In many people, infection with Hepatitis B results in an acute illness ranging in severity from having few or no symptoms, to requiring hospitalization. Sometimes an acute infection can become a chronic lifelong infection that can lead to serious complications, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death. Patients with chronic hepatitis B should be monitored regularly for signs of liver disease and evaluated for possible treatment.
This test screens for Hepatitis C, a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus, which most commonly is transmitted by sharing needles or other objects to inject drugs. It can also be contracted by having sex with an infected individual. Treatment does exist for those with chronic HCV infection.
HIV blood test works in three different ways:
It looks for antibodies that your body makes when infected with HIV, as well as part of the virus itself. If the results are negative, (non-reactive) it does not preclude the possibility for exposure to or infection with HIV-1 and/or HIV-2. Negative results can occur if the quantity of marker present in the sample is too low for the detection limits of the assay, or if the marker, which is detected, is not present during the stage of disease in which a sample is collected.
However, if the result is positive (reactive), a second test is run from the same blood sample. If this test is also positive, it is highly likely you are infected with the HIV virus. If it is negative or indeterminate, a third test is run.
This last part of the test looks for RNA, the genetic material that makes up HIV. If this test is positive, then it confirms that there is HIV infection. Repeat testing may be recommended if all three parts of the test are negative but there is still a strong reason to think you have been infected.
When testing is complete, test results will be available through the GoTestMeNow.com secure patient portal that you can access on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
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When required, positive results are reported to the appropriate public health authorities.
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