When someone says that, usually it means they do not know what STDs they might have been tested for. Perhaps they might just assume that their yearly checkup included STD testing, when actually it did not. They can also likely assume that if their doctor’s STD panel listed all the diseases they cared about, then their annual checkup must have listed them, too. However, this is not quite true. In fact, many doctors simply do not screen for certain STDs and those who do often do so incompletely.
This lack of accurate knowledge results in a lot of unnecessary, costly, and unpleasant tests. Those that are most commonly caused by sexually active adults are genital warts, syphilis, HIV, genital herpes, and hepatitis. The fact is that most people would be experiencing the symptoms of all or some of these STDs at some point in their lives, but they might never have had any testing done to confirm or rule out what they might be suffering from. Doctors do routinely screen for these, but they do not always do so properly.
A common way that doctors screen for STD is with a blood test called the HIV swab test. Unfortunately, most health departments have changed the HIV swab test from their previous form, known as the pGBR, which used a needle to collect the blood sample. This change was because of the possible serious side effects from the needle. Since then, most doctors only use the blood test instead of the traditional swab My lab.
A nurse or other medical professional should be able to perform one or more of the other STD tests as well. For example, gynecologic smears and genital pap tests should be done routinely. If a nurse does not know how to check for these, he or she should consider hiring a private individual or private lab to perform these tests for him or her.
Men should also consider getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Men can be checked for STD by having their prostate exams. Because prostate cancer is more prevalent among men, they are likely to get tested regularly. Another way to determine if a man has any sexually transmitted diseases is by checking his urine for abnormalities. Many doctors will recommend that this be done annually.
Men should also consider whether they are sexually active and which partners they are involved with. By knowing if they are STD free, men can better control their symptoms and therefore lower their risk of spreading their stds to other partners. Most people who have contracted an STD have had sex with an infected person, so they are likely to have the symptoms of STD. Learning about STD and the symptoms that can occur in both men and women can help people determine if they need to be tested or are in the clear.