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STD Screening

What you need to know about STD tests:

  1. There is no such thing as an “all-in-one STD test” or “tests for everything”.
    • Some infections have tests to screen for their presence, some don’t. Each test has to be ordered individually and specifically.
    • On occasion, a test can be normal (Negative) but the disease being screened for can still be present.
  2. There is a difference between a SCREENING Test and a DIAGNOSTIC Test. Screenings are used when there are no symptoms (pain, itching, etc.) or signs (rash, blister, etc.) present. Diagnostic tests are used when symptoms are present. Sometimes these tests are the same.
  3. When you are ready, make an appointment with one of our clinicians for STD screening or testing by calling 909-869-4000 or by going online through Bronco Health Manager for a same-day appointment.
 KNOWN STDs  Screening Test  Diagnostic Test
Chlamydia Urine or Cervical swab  Urine or Cervical swab 
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)–cervical warts Pap test ($) HPV testing ($) 
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)–genital warts None  Clinical evaluation 
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV II)–genital herpes Blood Test ($)  Swab of lesion ($)
Molluscum Contagiosum–smooth bumps None  Clinical evaluation  
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Blood test ($) or oral swab  Blood test ($) or oral swab
Gonorrhea Urine or Cervical swab  Urine or Cervical swab
Trichomonas–vaginal infection None  Vaginal swab
Hepatitis B Blood Test ($)   Blood Test ($)
Hepatitis C Blood Test ($)   Blood Test ($)
Syphilis Blood Test  Blood test or specimen ($) 

($: Indicates a charge for this test. Check with your provider for details)

Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of contracting an STD:

  • Abstinence from vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
  • Be mutually monogamous - have sex with only one partner who is only having sex with you and has been tested for STDs.
  • Reduce number of sexual partners and share test results with those partners.
  • Engaging in “less risky” behaviors (mutual masturbation, protected oral sex)
  • Talk with partner(s) about STDs
  • Use condoms or other barriers (dental dams, latex gloves, finger cots)
  • Continue to get STD screening each year and with each new sexual partner.
  • Vaccines are available for Hepatitis B and HPV. There is also a vaccine available for Hepatitis A, which could be transmitted via anal sex.

For more information:

http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/

http://www.cdc.gov/std/