10 Jun What Does a Planned Parenthood STD Test Show?
You may be surprised to learn that most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) do not come with any symptoms. You could have an STD and not even know it because you are not feeling unwell or experiencing anything out of the ordinary.
An STD is a disease or infection spread through sexual contact, such as oral, vaginal, or anal sex, or skin-to-skin contact.
There are several reasons why you may choose to get tested for STDs. The most obvious reason would be if you just found out that a current or former sexual partner has tested positive for an STD. It is also a good idea to get tested before having sex with a new partner. If you or your partner have multiple partners, you should get tested regularly.
This article will look at what an STD test from Planned Parenthood shows, how it works, and how it compares to DIY tests, tests at clinics, and tests with in-home services.
What does an STD test from planned parenthood show?
Planned Parenthood offers tests for the following STDs:
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
- Genital warts
- Trichomoniasis (Trich)
- Other STDs, upon request and if available in your area
They also offer diagnosis and treatment for these STDs, but they only offer testing and diagnosis for HIV, not treatment.
How does it work?
Depending on what diseases or infections you want to be tested for, there are several different ways to be tested.
A swab test is used to check for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis. It can also be helpful in diagnosing Syphilis and Herpes.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be tested for with a urine sample. You must not have sexual intercourse or urinate for an hour before the test.
Planned parenthood STD test vs. DIY test
You can buy an FDA-approved STD test that you can do for yourself at home. You can choose between a cheek swab test, a urine test, or a blood test. Each type of test can detect multiple types of STDs.
You will use the materials in the test box to take a urine, cheek swab, or blood sample that you will mail to the address provided in the test instructions. When the test results are ready, they will either be mailed to you, or you will be able to access them online.
The downside of these tests is that they do not always include a follow-up consultation with a doctor or nurse to discuss your results and develop a treatment plan if you test positive for anything.
Planned Parenthood vs. clinic
You can go to another clinic other than Planned Parenthood to get tested, but this may cost you more money. Even if you have medical insurance, the copayment you must pay if you go to a clinic or lab that is covered by your insurance may still be higher than what you would pay to get tested at Planned Parenthood.
Going to your doctor for testing may make you uncomfortable because you have a relationship with your healthcare provider, and this is someone you will need to deal with in the future. You may be embarrassed for them to know you have an STD, and it may be difficult for you to face them after that.
Getting tested at Planned Parenthood ensures that you will be tested by and receive your results from a stranger who you will not need to interact with again after the test is done and you get your results.
Planned Parenthood vs. in-home testing
Getting an STD test at home is the most discreet and convenient way to get tested. It will save you time and money because you will not need to go anywhere for the test, and you do not need to wait your turn for a test.
Concierge MD STD tests are performed by trained nurses. The STD test is done in the form of a blood test, and we test for the seven most common STDs that could harm you if you do not get them treated. We test for:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- HIV 1
- HIV 2
We will send someone to your home for your appointment to give you the test, and then we will send the sample directly to our lab. Once your results have come in, we will provide you with a copy of your results. We will also give you a consultation to talk about your results with you and go over any treatment that may be necessary.
In conclusion, the type of test that you need will depend on what STDs you want to be tested for. In-home testing service is the most private and convenient way to go, including follow-up care.
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Get your at Home STD Test with Concierge MD
If you want to get a private and discreet STD test at home, Concierge MD can help you get the answers you need. One of our medical professionals comes to your home to collect samples for lab testing and will help you understand your test results.
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