This is critical because a person can be infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and be unaware of it. There are very few signs or symptoms in many situations. Because infection can exist without causing clinical symptoms, many specialists prefer the term sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Many people get tested for STDs through clinics and other community health initiatives, rather than in a hospital or doctor’s office. Free and confidential STD testing may be available through community health organizations.
When interpreting STD test results, it’s important to keep in mind that STDs have window periods. The window period is the time between when a person is infected with an STD and when the STD is discovered on a test. An STD test performed too soon after infection can yield erroneous results, and the test will have to be repeated once the window period has passed. You can always approach us if you have any more questions or concerns. Our consultation is complimentary, and we have experts on call. For additional information, please visit our website.