STD LIBRARY

WHAT IS AN STD?
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is an infection that is transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex, intravenous drug use or through nonsexual contact such as childbirth or breastfeeding. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, there are 19 million reported STD cases each year in the United States. STDs are common and it is possible to be infected without being aware because many STDs do not display obvious symptoms. STD testing once or twice every year is recommended. Regular STD testing is a great way to protect your sexual health as well as the health of your partner.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE AN STD?
You can have a STD and not know it due to a lack of symptoms. For instance, you can contract Chlamydia or Gonorrhea and not have it treated due to lack of bumps, rashes or itches. The “silent” nature of STDs helps explain why they are so widespread and troublesome.  If you are reading this, you may be worried that you have a STD.  If so, take a simple STD test. The process is very easy and convenient. Each month, we help thousands of people get tested. We offer doctor consultation if you test positive (except Herpes I).
WHICH STDS CAN I GET TESTED FOR?
You can get tested today for the 8 most common STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes 1, herpes 2, HIV, and syphilis. First, you would order here, than find a test center near you, and go. You’ll give a blood or/and urine sample — it’s very quick and anonymous. Usually in 3 business days or less, you’ll receive an email alerting you that results are available on the secure site. Login to view your results.
IS ORAL SEX CONSIDERED “SAFE SEX?”
Simply put, No. You are just as vulnerable to STDs from unprotected oral sex, whether you are the giver or the recipient, as you are with any other unprotected sexual activity. Oral sex may be comparatively less risky than vaginal or anal sex, but it is still advisable to use a latex or polyurethane condom, or dental dam in order to be safe. This is because STDs can be transmitted through mouth sores and/or cuts, and some infections, such as herpes, can be spread through skin to skin contact. While condoms are not 100% effective in preventing all STDs, they greatly decrease the risk of transmitting an STD during oral sex.
ARE THE TESTS OFFERED ACCURATE?
Yes, our test results are accurate. All of our tests are considered gold standard tests in the industry, using nucleic acid amplification technology, DNA PCR technology and type specific testing.  The tests we offer are the same tests doctors and hospitals order from the same CLIA-certified labs.
WILL I HAVE TO GET SWABBED AT THE TEST CENTER?
No. Our STD lab tests rely on either a small urine sample (for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea) or a small blood sample (as in the cases of Herpes, Syphilis, Hepatitis and HIV). There is no uncomfortable physical exam or vaginal/penile swabbing required, and the total time of your visit to the testing center should not be more than a few minutes.
ARE THERE ANY RESOURCES WHERE I CAN GET SUPPORT?
Yes. If you are looking for an online community where you can find others who are concerned about STDs, visit the ASHA STD Message board. For more information about STDs, visit the CDC website.