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STD Screening — How, How Often, and Why to Get Tested

STD Screening — How, How Often, and Why to Get Tested

Tripment, Inc
Tripment Health Team

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are transferred between people via sexual contact. Also commonly referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), these diseases can come from bacteria, viruses, fungi, or even parasites that enter the body during sex. 

Most STDs can be cured when caught in their early stages. STD screening is important if you have multiple sexual partners, when you start a new relationship, or if you are pregnant. Even if you have been in a monogamous relationship throughout your pregnancy, your provider will most likely want you to get tested for STDs. This is because STDs can cause complications during pregnancy and can even negatively impact fetal development. 

Where can I get tested for STDs?

There are lots of places to get tested for STDs. Planned Parenthood has STD testing, the costs of which can vary depending on location, test, and insurance coverage. Many local health departments often have free STD testing, and your primary care provider may offer rapid STD testing services as well. If you choose rapid testing, you might be able to receive your results within 24 hours or less. 

If you need help figuring out where to get tested for STDs near you, head to to locate sexually transmitted disease tests in your area. 

What exactly is an STD?

STDs are any infection that is transferred between two people during sexual contact. Common STDs include: 

  • Gonorrhea, also referred to as “the clap.” This common bacterial infection can affect the genitals, throat, or rectum, or remain asymptomatic for long periods of time. If left untreated, it often leads to infertility. However, it can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Syphilis can start as a painless sore, and then progress to a body rash. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage to the heart, nerves, brain, and eyes and even lead to death. It is treatable with antibiotics, and can be completely cured in the early stages. 
  • Candida is a yeast found in small amounts in and on the body. Your immune system normally keeps these colonies of yeast in check, but infections or antibiotics can cause potentially dangerous overgrowth. Candida infections of the genitals can be spread through sexual contact. 
  • Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is commonly asymptomatic. However, symptoms can include pain or burning during urination, genital pain, itching, or abnormal discharge. If left untreated, it can lead to infertility or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). 
  • HIV is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to AIDS, a disease that destroys the body’s immune system. HIV testing is recommended for anyone who is sexually active, to prevent the virus’ spread. Some clinics offer free STD testing specifically for the HIV virus. 

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Why is STD testing important?

Finding a place for STD screenings near you should be part of your regular healthcare routine. Many of these infections lie dormant for years, meaning they can cause harm without presenting any outward symptoms. Most bacterial STDs can ultimately lead to infertility and increase the risk of certain cancers. Viral STDs may not ever be completely eradicated from your body, but modern antiviral medications and other treatments can ease flare-ups and slow down their long-term effects. 

Regular testing isn’t just important for your own health, but is the only way to guarantee you aren’t spreading infections to your sexual partners as well. If you are sexually active, regular testing is the most responsible way to ensure both you and your partners remain healthy. 

STD symptoms in women

Female and male STD tests are largely the same — they rely on a urine or blood sample to test for an infectious virus, bacteria, or fungus. Women and men both may experience pelvic pain, itchy genitals, and abnormal discharge. Long-term, both sexes may also encounter fertility issues. STDs that are left untreated for too long can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, and some infections can lead to meningitis or certain types of cancers. 

Pregnant women will be asked to undergo STD testing, even if they feel certain that they are low-risk for having an STD. Untreated STDs can lead to miscarriages, low birth weight, premature births, bone deformities, blindness and deafness, and can lead to many other types of fetal deformities. Most diseases can also cross the placenta and infect the baby during delivery.  

STD warning signs in men

Sores, blisters, or other abnormal skin lesions on the penis or anus could indicate an STD. While urine or blood samples can be used to screen for most sexually transmitted infections, a swab inside the penis can also be used to test for STDs in men. If a man experiences a heavy discharge or drip from his penis, a swab, although uncomfortable, might be the best method of testing. 

Where do I get tested for STDs? 

When searching for rapid STD testing near you, urgent care facilities or your regular primary care provider might offer the best options. Or, you could find your nearest STD testing clinic, often located within your local department of public health offices. Tripment Health offers 11 types of STD tests, which can be easily scheduled online at one of thousands of lab testing facilities across the country. 

How much do STD tests cost? 

STD costs can vary, depending on where you are located, what disease you are screening for, how many types of infections you test for at once, and whether or not you have insurance. At Tripment Health, the prices of all STD tests are transparent — you will know exactly what you get in each test or panel, and you will never receive a surprise bill down the road. 

Get checked now

Not feeling your best?

These lab tests can help you detect a variety of underlying conditions before they get out of control. Next, schedule a consultation with one of our providers to develop a wellness plan that's right for you.

How often should I get tested for STDs? 

Now that you know how to get tested for STDs, the next important step is to determine when to get tested. This varies from person to person. Typically, you should get tested for a broad range of STDs each time you change sexual partners, or if your current partner has had sexual contact with another person. Regular STD testing is important for your long-term health, and to curb the spread of preventable diseases. 

Does insurance cover STD testing?

STD testing is often covered under most insurance plans. However, there may be limits on the number of tests that are covered per year. At Tripment Health, you can order affordable lab tests without the hassle of going through insurance. 

Can you get STD from oral sex?

Yes. Many STDs can be passed through oral sex, and can cause sores around the mouth or genitals. 

Can a urine test detect STDs?

Most STDs can be detected through a urine test, though some, like HIV, require blood samples for testing. 

Where can I find STI or STD testing near me?

The best place to find STI/STD testing near you is to search for local testing facilities through Tripment Health, where you can find a lab near you, search for available appointment slots, and see the total price of the test before you book. 

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