Play It Safe: Get Tested for an STI or STD
The CDC estimates that over 20 million people are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease or infection every year. STDs spread so quickly because sexually active adults do not test frequently enough and often don’t even know they have an infection. Most STDs are preventable and treatable if caught early, which only happens with frequent testing. STDs can affect anyone, no matter your age, race, or gender. The best defense is frequent testing and early treatment.
STD testing doesn’t need to be awkward or uncomfortable. ARCpoint Labs makes it discreet and stress-free. Our facilities provide accurate and confidential testing to help you make informed decisions about your health. We always accommodate clients discreetly and care deeply about their privacy.
The most common STDs include:
ARCpoint Labs offers STD testing that can help you better understand your health and make more informed decisions about your future. Our testing labs are clean, confidential, and return results quickly. There will also be a follow-up from providers when critical values return, and we’ll connect you with resources to get treatment. The results are always completely confidential and will not be reported to anyone, except when legally required.
HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
The Human Papillomavirus, commonly referred to as HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease. In addition to being extremely common, HPV is also virtually symptom-free, making the HPV test very important. Using an advanced DNA test, ARCpoint Labs can provide female patients with a positive or negative diagnosis.
Chlamydia is a bacterial STD and is easily spread due to the typical lack of physical symptoms in the early stages. Untreated, it can lead to serious medical issues including permanent damage to the reproductive system. A simple urine test is used to diagnose chlamydia, which is easily treated with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea, a bacterial STD, may or may not lead to physical symptoms. However, it can cause medical problems if undiagnosed, such as rashes, fever, and severe issues in infants (via childbirth). Using a small urine sample, a medical professional can quickly and accurately diagnose gonorrhea.
Syphilis is highly contagious and potentially life-altering but is also easily treatable if diagnosed early on. Most commonly, a blood test is the chosen method for detecting a syphilis infection.
Herpes is a viral STD with numerous strains and can be transmitted through various forms of contact. The herpes blood test is highly effective, regardless of symptoms, providing an accuracy rate of about 99 percent.
How Accurate Are STD Tests?
Properly conducted laboratory STD tests are very accurate. Although no test can be 100% accurate, many different tests are 90-95% accurate for sensitivity (true positives) and specificity (true negatives). Because at-home STD tests cannot offer the same level of accuracy and reliability, we recommend visiting a lab for testing of this nature.
*Services vary by location. Contact your local ARCpoint Labs for additional information.
Trichomoniasis is among the most common curable STDs, often causing itching, general discomfort, and irritation. A urine sample is the easiest method for testing for trichomoniasis and is nearly always required for a confirmed diagnosis.
HIV/AIDS is often undetected, despite the severity of the disease. Modern medicine now allows for effective monitoring and control of both HIV and AIDS, relying entirely on a timely diagnosis using a quick blood test.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection transmitted through several methods, including sexual activity, and directly impacts liver health. It is diagnosed using a highly accurate blood test.
Inform & Empower Yourself with STD Screening
If you’re looking for a smart, stress-free way to take a proactive role in managing your health, make an STD panel part of your regular medical wellness checks. STD symptoms can be virtually undetectable, which is why so many people are unaware of an infection. Whether or not you suspect that you have the signs of an STD, regular STD testing is the number one way to both prevent and treat any sexually transmitted disease.
ARCpoint Labs offers quick, accurate, and discreet testing services that can get you the answers you need, and our professional lab technicians eliminate the hassle and discomfort that’s commonly associated with the STD testing process. For your confidential, highly accurate STD panel, come into your nearby ARCpoint Labs location today.
Trips to the doctor’s office are inconvenient, time-consuming and expensive. At ARCpoint Labs, we empower people to make informed decisions about their own health with easy, convenient, and confidential lab testing.