A doctor's or physician's order is required for testing, and we provide this for you! Our doctors will issue the lab requisition form after you place your order. You will simply show up to any lab for testing after placing your order. Also, if you so choose, you may print out the form and take it to the lab at your earliest convenience although this is not required because we take care of this for you for easy and fast service and convenience.
All tests are determined via urine or blood samples, depending on the type of test ordered. All lab tests take approximately 5 minutes or less
Some tests require fasting or avoiding specific foods or drinks beforehand. You will be informed if the test(s) you order require additional measures on your part.
Your lab results will be available and sent to you within 1 to 3 business days.
No. Since we do not accept insurance, we are able to guarantee that the tests you order and your test results are not placed on your medical record. (Of course, you can share the tests and results with your doctor if you prefer.) . Occasionally, health insurance companies will reimburse individuals for health testing. You can contact your insurance company to find out if they will reimburse you after testing.
Because the labs themselves do not take payment, you must place an order online with us first to get tested. Afterwards, appointments are not needed and you can walk in at any time within the lab's normal business hours.
Immediately! Unless you are taking a test that requires fasting, you can visit the testing center of your choice as soon as you receive your confirmation email- no appointment necessary. If your test requires fasting, you choose when to begin your fast and visit the testing center after the appropriate fasting period- as with every HealthLabs.com test, there is no appointment necessary.
- Pelvic pain
- Rectal discharge, bleeding or pain
- Lower abdominal pain
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If there is a specific test that you would like to have done that is not currently available online, please contact us at 1-800-495-7178. Our team will be able to assist you in getting the exact test you are looking for.
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After placing your order, you will receive an confirmation email and you are ready to proceed to any lab immediately. Additionally, we will also email a lab order form although it is not necessary to bring with you for testing. Also, the lab does not require an appointment and you are welcome to go to any lab for immediate testing because you will already be in the lab system. At your lab visit, a blood and/or urine specimen will be collected.
Yes. Our certified health specialists can walk you through your results and provide clarification if needed. Call us at 1(800) 495-7178 or use our live chat feature.
No. We are only able to provide testing services for individuals who are 18 years or older.
- Painful urination or ejaculation
- Itching sensation on tip/head of penis
- Discharge from the penis (penile discharge)
- Burning sensation during urination
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Testicular pain or swelling
- Rash on penis or genital area
- Bumps, warts, lesions or sores on or around penis
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact – such as heavy petting – and from sexual activity including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. STDs are very common. In fact, CDC estimates 20 million new infections occur every year in the United States. STDs can mostly be prevented by not having sex. If you do have sex, you can lower your risk by using condoms and being in a sexual relationship with a partner who does not have an STD. STDs do not always cause symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why it is important to get tested if you are having sex. If you are diagnosed with an STD, know that all can be treated with medicine and some can be cured entirely.
There are dozens of STDS. Some STDs, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, are spread mainly by sexual contact. Other diseases, including Zika and Ebola, can be spread sexually but are more often spread through ways other than sex.
- Bacterial Vaginosis. Any woman can get bacterial vaginosis. ...
- Chlamydia. ...
- Gonorrhea. ...
- Hepatitis. ...
- Herpes. ...
- HIV/AIDS & STDs. ...
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection. ...
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
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- Clear, white, greenish or yellowish vaginal discharge.
- Discharge from the penis.
- Strong vaginal odor.
- Vaginal itching or irritation.
- Itching or irritation inside the penis.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Painful urination.
If you suspect you may have an STD or simply want to know your status, go to free-STDcheck.org.
Take control over your sexual health, it is one of the most important things you can do. That is why free-STDcheck.org has eliminated the hassle and embarrassment of conventional STD testing. Free-STDcheck.org gives you access to the same FDA- approved testing used by doctors and hospitals. Once you place your order, you can visit any of our 4500+ nationwide testing centers without an appointment, even the same day of your purchase. Your results are delivered to you and no one else - nothing is reported to your insurance or placed on your medical records. More importantly, we provide guidance and support every step of the way, no matter what your results are.
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Chlamydia is a common STD caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. According to the CDC, there are approximately 2.86 million chlamydia infections reported annually, making it the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the United States. Many individuals are not aware that they have chlamydia because it is considered a "silent" STD, meaning that its symptoms are usually mild or completely absent.
When chlamydia symptoms do appear, they typically present themselves 1-3 weeks after exposure to the bacteria. For women, symptoms may include an abnormal vaginal discharge or a painful or burning sensation during urination. If the infection spreads, women can experience abdominal and pelvic pain, fever, nausea, bleeding between periods and pain during sex. For men, symptoms may include a painful burning sensation during urination, and/or unusual discharge from the penis. For both men and women, symptoms of rectal infection may include rectal pain or bleeding.
We offer chlamydia testing as part of our all-inclusive, FDA-approved 10-Test Panel that tests for all common STDs. You can order our Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) Chlamydia Test if you believe you have recently contracted a chlamydia infection. This NAA test is a simple urine test that can be taken 1-5 days after potential exposure to chlamydia.
Free-STDcheck.org.com has more than 4,500 testing centers throughout the United States with some locations open on Saturdays for your convenience. To find a local testing center near you, simply go to our STD test center location page and enter your zip code. You will be given a list of nearby centers. Choose a location and complete your order. You can also call us at 1-800-495-7178 or use our live chat feature and one of our certified health specialists will be happy to assist you.
Chlamydia is contracted via vaginal, anal or oral sex. Sexually active teenage girls and young women are more susceptible to contracting infections, including chlamydia, because their cervixes (opening to the uterus) have not fully matured. Adult men and women who engage in unprotected sex are also prone to the bacteria. A chlamydia infection can also be passed from mother to infant during vaginal childbirth.
Chlamydia can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Individuals infected with chlamydia should abstain from sex for 7 days in order to allow the antibiotics to work and to prevent spreading the bacteria to others. Likewise, your partner should as be treated to avoid you getting reinfected. A reinfection of chlamydia is common, particularly when a person's sexual partners have not been properly treated. Our doctors recommend that you and your partner get retested for chlamydia approximately 21 to 28 days after treatment. This helps ensure the health of both parties and helps mitigate any potential long-term health complications from the chlamydia bacterium.
If left untreated, a chlamydia infection can have major health consequences. Untreated infections in women can lead to chronic pelvic pain and prenatal problems. Repeated chlamydia infections may result in serious reproductive issues, including complications during pregnancy and infertility. In addition, women exposed to chlamydia are at a higher risk for contracting HIV. For men, an untreated case of chlamydia can spread to other parts of the penis, prostate and testicles and cause pain and inflammation. If not properly treated, chlamydia can also result in male sterility.
Herpes is a virus with multiple strains; two of these strains, HSV-1 and HSV-2, cause both oral and genital herpes. Herpes viruses infect the skin and/or mucous membranes. Oral herpes presents itself as cold sores or fever blisters that affect the lips or area near the mouth. Oral herpes is most often caused by the HSV-1 strain, but oral herpes can also be caused by the HSV-2 strain. Approximately 80 percent of oral herpes cases are caused by HSV-1, while the remaining 20 percent are caused by HSV-2, and 75%-80% of Americans carry at least one Herpes Simplex Virus (Type 1 or 2).
Herpes 1 and 2 can be contracted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. The initial outbreak of either virus strain can result in flu-like symptoms, including fever, swollen lymph nodes and body aches.
Symptoms of genital herpes include vesicles, sores, lesions, blisters, painful ulcers, itching and/or burning in the genital area, anus or upper thighs. Approximately two-thirds of people with genital herpes do not experience symptoms or have symptoms that are so mild they are mistaken for other skin conditions. In instances where symptoms are not present, genital herpes can still be transmitted. Our doctors recommend getting tested for both herpes type 1 and herpes type 2 to learn your status since either strain of the virus can occur in the genital area.Two-thirds of genital herpes cases are symptomless, and because much of the genitals are left uncovered by condoms, genital herpes can still be contracted during sex even if a condom is used. Our herpes tests are confidential, affordable, and no appointment is needed.
Genital herpes is not usually accommodated by symptoms. Two-thirds of genital herpes cases are asymptomatic. Getting tested for both HSV-1 and HSV-2 is the only sure way to know if you have genital herpes. Blisters or sores in the genital area, fever, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, tiredness and painful urination call all be symptoms of genital herpes.
Some herpes viruses can cause meningitis or encephalitis. HSV encephalitis is mainly caused by HSV-1, whereas meningitis is more often caused by HSV-2. Herpes viruses have been linked to Recurrent Lymphocytic Meningitis (Mollaret’s meningitis), which is characterized by sudden attacks of meningitis symptoms that last for 2-7 days and are separated by symptom-free (latent) intervals lasting for weeks, months or years.severe and persistent in people with suppressed immune systems. This is why HIV-infected persons are prone to complications of Herpes 2.
Genitally, the herpes viruses cause genital ulcerative disease, which makes it easier to transmit and acquire HIV. This occurs when there are blisters or tears in the skin or mucous membranes (mouth, vagina, and rectum) allowing for the HIV virus to have an easier access to the body leading to increased possibility of infections like HIV.
Genital herpes can be caused by either the HSV-1 or HSV-2 virus.
Herpes type 1 antibodies have a development period of 2 weeks to 6 months after initial infection. This is the time it takes for enough antibodies to develop that can be detected through the ELISA test. This period varies from person to person.
Herpes type 2 antibodies have a development period of 3 weeks to 6 months after initial infection. This is the time it takes for enough antibodies to develop that can be detected through the ELISA test. This period varies from person to person.
To begin, simply order the herpes tests (HSV-1 test and HSV-2 test), then visit any of our 4,500+ test centers. A small sample of your blood will be collected for testing and you will receive an email with your results in 1-2 days.
Results are either positive or negative. Your results will read as either positive (HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 was found in your blood) or negative (no HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 virus was found in your blood). If you test positive for HSV-2 antibodies, it means that the herpes-2 virus is in your blood and your body has developed antibodies in an effort to repel the virus. A negative result means that your body has no HSV-2 antibodies and you don't have the virus. Although testing as early as 3 weeks is possible, our doctors recommend waiting 4-6 weeks after exposure. Waiting to test allows antibodies to fully develop if the virus is present. A follow-up test 3 months.
There is no blood test that can determine where a herpes infection resides (either orally or genitally). Individuals will likely know on their own based upon where their symptoms present themselves.
No, genital herpes, whether caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2 is not a curable sexually transmitted disease. However, antiviral medication is available to help prevent and control symptoms of outbreaks.
Yes but not completely. If you have Herpes-2 but your sexual partner does not, taking a daily dose of your antiviral medication will reduce the chances that your partner could contract the infection. Latex or polyurethane condoms can help lessen the likelihood of spreading or contracting genital herpes, but since condoms do not cover all of the area where herpes may be they are not 100% effective against herpes. Doctors recommend abstaining from sexual activity during herpes outbreaks.
Oral herpes is most commonly transmitted by kissing or sharing drinks or utensils, but can also be contracted from a partner who has genital herpes during oral sex. HSV-1 and 2 can be contracted from infected bodily fluids, including semen, vaginal fluid, saliva, or herpes lesions, sores or blister fluid. Upon entering a cell, the infection often does not cause any symptoms. If the virus destroys the host cell during replication, sores or blisters filled with fluid appear. Scabs form over the sores or blisters once the fluid is absorbed, then the scabs disappear without scarring.
The herpes virus goes through dormant phases where it becomes inactive for indeterminable periods of time and reactivate unpredictably. Herpes can be transmitted even when signs or symptoms are not present. This process is known as “shedding,” and occurs when cells that have the active virus are dropped or shed from the skin. Approximately one- third to half of all shedding occurrences are asymptomatic.
Oral herpes does not always show symptoms. When it does, oral herpes symptoms include fever blisters and cold sores around the mouth and lips. People suffering from oral herpes may also experience itching, burning or tingling around the mouth or lips. Before the first blisters or cold sores appear, individuals infected with the virus may also experience flu-like symptoms including sore throat, fever, swollen glands and/or pain when swallowing.
HSV-1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, which can be serious and lead to blindness. Very rare instances HSV-1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. Furthermore, HSV-1 is also the usual culprit of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, as well as "wrestler's herpes" or herpes gladiatorum-- a herpes infection on the chest or face.
Oral herpes is not typically a serious condition. Having herpes may cause personal discomfort, stress and inconvenience such as making it difficult or painful to drink fluids or swallow food.
In rare cases, HSV-1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, a condition known as ocular herpes. Ocular herpes can be serious and can even lead to blindness in some cases.
Herpes simplex virus encephalitis is a rare, but serious condition mainly caused by HSV-1. HSV encephalitis causes inflammation of the brain.
Herpes viruses have also been linked to Recurrent Lymphocytic Meningitis (Mollaret’s meningitis), which is characterized by sudden attacks of meningitis symptoms that last for 2-7 days and are separated by symptom-free (latent) intervals lasting for weeks, months or years.
Yes, there is a difference between herpes cold sores and canker sores. Although the names sound similar to one another, a close examination will easily reveal their differences. While oral herpes and canker sores both affect the mouth, they are found in different areas.
Here are a few differences between oral herpes and canker sores:
- Cold sores (herpes) form as multiple tiny blisters, while canker sores appear as reddened raised areas that ultimately develop into larger sores.
- Cold sores tend to occur on the roof and gums of the mouth on on the lips, while canker sores appear on the insides of the lip, cheek and/or in back of the throat.
- Cold sores begin as little bumps that may break apart and leave small sores, while canker sores begin as sores.
- Cold sores are smaller than canker sores, and tend to heal more quickly.
- Cold sores may recur in the same location, while canker sores very often occur in different location.
- Cold sores show up on the lips and mouth, while canker sores show up in various places inside the mouth only.
We test for Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) in the blood using the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test. This type-specific HSV-1 blood test looks for antibodies to the HSV-1 virus in the bloodstream. This test is highly sensitive and will only detect the presence of HSV-1 antibodies. Since 20% of oral herpes cases are caused by the HSV-2 virus, we recommend ordering both the HSV-1 test and the HSV-2 test.
To begin, simply order one or both of the herpes tests (HSV-1 test and HSV-2 test), then visit any of our 4,500+ test centers. A small sample of your blood will be collected for testing and you will receive an email with your results in 1-2 days. Your results will read as either positive (HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 was found in your blood) or negative (no HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 virus was found in your blood).
When you test for HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 through free-STDcheck.org, your results will be displayed as either Positive or Negative.
Positive Result - This means you have a herpes infection (either HSV-1 if you ordered the HSV-1 testing, or HSV-2 if you ordered HSV-2 testing). This is possible even when you do not show symptoms as herpes can lie dormant in the nerve tissue for many years before being triggered.
Negative Result - This means that either HSV-1 or HSV-2 was not found in your system (depending upon which HSV test you ordered). If you had a recent infection, it is possible for your result to come back negative as your body may not have had enough time to produce detectable amounts of antibodies.
Antiviral medications, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir, are the most effective medications available for people infected with herpes. These medications are used to help to reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms, however they cannot cure the infection.
While there is not a cure for oral or genital herpes at this time, avoiding oral sex or kissing someone with herpes can help prevent the spread of herpes. The first herpes symptoms after infection may also go away on their own after 10-14 days, although the infection itself remains dormant in your body.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. When HIV attacks the body, it destroys specific immune cells needed to fight off diseases and infections. HIV resembles many other common illnesses, but there is a difference; the body is not able to get rid of HIV once it infects the immune system’s CD4+ or T-Cells. HIV can replicate over time --killing the host cells-- if not managed properly. HIV can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), but testing positive for HIV does not mean you have AIDS. It is possible to have HIV for many years, even decades, without developing or showing visible signs of the disease.
The only way to find out if you have HIV is to get tested. While there is currently no cure for the virus, there are medications that help HIV-positive individuals lead healthier lives. According to the CDC, about 1.2 million Americans live with HIV and approximately 250,000 people are currently undiagnosed and unknowingly living with HIV.
Approximately 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV. One in eight people living with HIV do not even realize they are infected! HIV is a serious disease that can lead to death if untreated.
The time it takes for HIV symptoms to appear differs from person to person. For some individuals, it may take several years or more before an HIV symptom presents itself. For others, symptoms may appear soon after initial infection. Unfortunately, often times a person living without symptoms will spread HIV to others unknowingly. The only sure way to know whether or not you have HIV is to take an HIV Test. For people who participate in high- risk activities, such as having unprotected sex or sharing drug needles, the CDC recommends getting tested at least once a year or before beginning a new sexual relationship. Take charge of your life and order our quick & confidential HIV test today.
Early symptoms of HIV may feel like (and may even be mistaken for) a long-lasting flu. These flu-like symptoms may occur 4-8 weeks after infection, and are known as HIV seroconversion or an acute HIV infection. Some of the symptoms that result from HIV seroconversion syndrome include the following:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rash on the abdomen, arms, legs and face
- Sore throat
- Oral thrush (a fungal infection found in the mouth)
HIV and AIDS are not the same. HIV can lead to the development of AIDS. AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection when an individual's immune system is severely damaged and lacks the ability to fight off diseases and infections. Many people with HIV benefit from powerful medications used to treat the viral infection. These medications are designed to slow down the destruction of the immune system, improve the health of those with HIV and reduce their ability to transmit the virus to others.
Free-STDcheck.org makes testing for HIV is simple. We offer two FDA-approved HIV blood tests:
- Our HIV 4th Generation Antibody Test with Reflex to Western blot looks for the presence of HIV antibodies in the blood as well as HIV p24 antigens (HIV p24 antigens are viral proteins that make up most of the core of the virus. Blood serum concentrations of p24 antigens are high in the first few weeks after infection; therefore tests sensitive to p24 antigens are useful for diagnosing very early HIV infections when antibody levels are still low.). Our HIV 4th Generation Antibody Test can detect HIV antibodies as soon as 2-3 weeks after exposure. Most people will develop detectable antibodies within this time frame. We do recommend retesting at the 3 month mark for conclusive results.
- Our HIV RNA Early Detection Test looks for the HIV virus’ genetic material. We are one of the few online STD testing services that offers this revolutionary FDA-approved HIV RNA Early Detection Test. The HIV RNA Early Detection Test is highly effective at detecting HIV as early as 9-11 days after exposure.
Free-STDcheck.org has more than 4,500 testing centers throughout the United States. To find a local testing center near you, simply go to our 'Find My Lab' location page and enter your zip code. You will be given a list of nearby centers. Choose a location and complete your order. You can also call us at 1-800-495-7178 or use our live chat feature and one of our trained Care Advisors will be happy to assist you with choosing a local STD testing center.
Undiagnosed and untreated HIV infections can potentially lead to death. If untreated, HIV can severely damage the immune system and make it nearly impossible for the body to fight other illnesses and infections, resulting in AIDS. People with compromised immune systems as a result of AIDS are vulnerable to other so-called "opportunistic" diseases, including cancers and various infections. The transition period from HIV to AIDS is different for each person, but when the immune system is compromised and worn down, it cannot fight off common infections and diseases. Pregnant women who do not get tested for HIV and treated have an increased chance of transmitting the virus to their unborn children.
While there is not a cure for HIV, nor a vaccine designed to prevent HIV infections, HIV is now manageable and treatable, and people live long lives as a result of powerful antiretroviral medications. These medications can slow down the virus and minimize its effects, especially if taken as directed by a doctor or HIV specialist. This is why it is important to get tested regularly.
There is no way to tell if someone has HIV rather than getting tested together and discussing the test results. Anyone can be infected with HIV. In fact, the CDC estimates that approximately 250,000 American have HIV and are not aware of their infection yet. A person's HIV status cannot be determined by their appearance, gender, age, race, sexual orientation or nationality.
HIV is transmitted from person-to-person from contact with infected blood, semen and/or vaginal fluid. Having unprotected sex vaginal or anal sex (or oral sex if you have a cut or open sore in your mouth) with an infected partner greatly increases the risk of contracting HIV. HIV can also be transmitted via unsterile drug use, from using infected needles, syringes or drug equipment.
Without treatment, it may take a matter of months or years for HIV to weaken the immune system beyond repair. This progression of HIV is referred to as AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. This last stage of infection means that the body’s immune system is severely damaged, leaving it more susceptible to other infections that it would otherwise be able to fight off if it were not compromised and damaged. It is not uncommon for individuals with AIDS to frequently get colds, flus or fungal infections.
Getting tested is not only quick and easy, it’s the only way to know for sure if you do or do not have an STD. Click on our 'Prices & Packages' tab or call 1-800-495-7178 or start a Live Chat to get started.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea can be transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex. Gonorrhea infects the mucous membranes of the reproductive system, including the cervix, Fallopian tubes, and the uterus in women, and the urethra in women and men. It also infects the mucous membranes at the site of contact, including those found in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus. The CDC estimates that there are 820,000 U.S. cases of gonorrhea annually.
Gonorrhea does not always show symptoms in men or women. It is possible to be infected and not know it. Gonorrhea symptoms in men include unusual discharge from the penis, itching, and painful urination. Gonorrhea symptoms in women can be mild or absent. If present, symptoms in women include painful urination, fever, unusual vaginal discharge between periods, vomiting and stomach pain.
To test for gonorrhea, we use an FDA-approved urine test called the Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test. The NAA test is recommended by CDC and is included in our 10-Test Panel, Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Test Panel, and our individual gonorrhea testing package. Our CLIA-certified testing centers will test the urine sample for the N. gonorrhoeae bacteria.
Where to get tested for gonorrhea
We have more than 4,500 testing centers throughout the United States. To find a local testing center near you, simply go to our STD test center location page and enter your zip code. You will be given a list of nearby centers. Choose a location and complete your order. You can also call us at 1-800-495-7178 or use our live chat feature and one of our certified health specialists will be happy to assist you.
Not getting treated for gonorrhea can result in serious health complications. Untreated gonorrhea makes you susceptible to HIV and other STDs. In men, untreated gonorrhea can result in a painful infection of the testicles, inflammation of the prostate, infertility, and urethral scarring. In women, untreated gonorrhea might result in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to dangerous ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and infertility.
Gonorrhea is an easily curable sexually transmitted disease. Antibiotics are available to treat this bacterial STD. If you test positive for gonorrhea, our certified health specialists will connect you with one of our doctors who will discuss your positive test results with you. The doctor will recommend what steps you need to take next to alleviate or manage your STD and may prescribe treatment.
There are many reasons to treat gonorrhea infection including the risk of DGI. Also known as gonococcal arthritis, DGI is caused by the spread of gonorrhea to the body, including the blood, skin, heart, or joints. This rare condition occurs in only 1 out of 100 people infected with gonorrhea, but DGI can be deadly. DGI can develop as soon as 2-14 days after you are infected with gonorrhea. Symptoms usually include chills, fever, joint pain or swelling, painful wrist and heel tendons, skin rash, and symptoms of meningitis (such as headaches, stiff and painful neck, vomiting, confusion and seizures). Also, if untreated, complications, especially those affecting the reproductive system, in both men and women, can derive from an untreated gonorrhea infection. Since symptoms are not commonly displayed, screening for gonorrhea if you have had a recent unprotected sexual encounter is highly recommended by our doctors. It is recommend that people seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms in order to avoid any serious or deadly complications.
Our FDA-approved Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test is the top industry standard test used for gonorrhea screening. It is recommended by CDC for its accuracy in detecting the existence of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.
Getting tested for gonorrhea requires a small urine sample. The NAA test examines the amplification of the DNA found in Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. When you visit one of our testing centers, only a small amount of urine will be needed. No uncomfortable swabbing or undressing is necessary. This test is recommended by the CDC for its accuracy and sensitivity to the virus.
Gonorrhea test results from free-STDcheck.org are either negative or positive. A negative result indicates that you are not infected with the bacterial infection or that you tested too early. If your results are positive, you have an active gonorrhea infection. Gonorrhea can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Our doctors recommend getting tested again before engaging in any sexual activity to be sure that the infection has been completely cleared and to avoid re-infection.
After a positive diagnosis for gonorrhea, appropriate and consistent treatment is necessary to successfully kill off the gonorrhea bacteria. Antibiotics often used to cure gonorrhea include azithromycin, doxycycline, ceftriaxone or cefixime. The CDC recommends dual therapy (i.e. using two antibiotics) for treating gonorrhea, due to this bacteria’s ability to sometimes become resistant to drugs. Speak to your doctor about what the best option is for you.
It is not unusual for individuals who are infected with gonorrhea to also be infected with chlamydia. This is because chlamydia is transmitted through oral, vaginal and anal sex, just like gonorrhea. Gonorrhea and chlamydia occur so often together that they are considered "co-existing infections," meaning that a person can be infected with both simultaneously. Our doctors recommend our 10-Test Panel or our Chlamydia-Gonorrhea Test package to thoroughly diagnose and eliminate the possibility of other STDs. Additionally, if you are being treated for gonorrhea, speak to your doctor about also getting treatment for chlamydia.
Hepatitis A is a contagious, acute (new) liver disease that, unlike hepatitis B and C, does not become chronic (long- term). Hepatitis A is a virus and its infections can be mild and last a few weeks, or severe and last several months. People with hepatitis A are typically cured of the virus without treatment and often only need proper rest and fluid intake.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis A transmission is decreasing in the United States. Getting tested is important if you have travelled or have lived in locations like Mexico, Eastern Europe, Africa, Central or South America, or certain parts of Asia where hepatitis A is prevalent. To prevent infection, the hepatitis A vaccine can safely and effectively reduce your risk of transmission.
Although not always present, hepatitis A symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes). If present, symptoms usually appear as early as several days or two to six weeks post-exposure. Acute hepatitis A symptoms usually last less than two months, but can last up to six months.
The hepatitis A virus can be contracted or spread when a person ingests infected fecal matter through contact with objects, food or drinks that carry the virus even in microscopic amounts. Hepatitis A can also be transmitted during oral-anal sexual contact with an infected person. Since symptoms are often mild or not apparent, a person can transmit the virus to others up to two weeks before symptoms appear.
Our doctors recommend our FDA-approved Hepatitis A Antibody test. This blood test searches for antibodies to the Hepatitis A virus. Order your test online or contact one of our certified health specialists by phone at 1-800-495-7178 or via our live chat feature. Visit one of our 4,500+ conveniently-located testing centers nationwide to get tested. No undressing or swabbing is necessary and testing only takes a few minutes. Your test results are emailed to you within 1-2 business days.
There is no treatment for hepatitis A. Individuals with the virus might feel sick for a few months before getting better. Some doctors recommend adequate nutrition, rest, staying hydrated and receiving monitoring by a specialist. Liver damaging substances like alcohol and certain medications should be avoided if you have hepatitis A.
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can be easily spread from sexual activities, consuming contaminated food/drinks, or from improper hand washing. If you think you may have been exposed, order our fast & affordable Hepatitis A test.
The best method for preventing hepatitis A is to get vaccinated. The CDC recommends getting a shot of immunoglobulin before traveling or if you are at a high risk of contracting the virus. Another way to help prevent contracting the hepatitis A virus is to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water after using the bathroom or changing a diaper, and before and after preparing food.
Hepatitis B is a liver disease that can range from mild to a serious, lifelong illness. The hepatitis B virus causes inflammation of the liver which may lead to liver cancer, liver failure and even death. There are two stages to the disease: Acute and chronic.
Acute hepatitis B infection
The early stage (first 6 months) of an hepatitis B infection is called the acute stage and is manageable. Acute hepatitis B can range from mild illness with very few or no symptoms to a serious condition that may require hospitalization. Some people are able to fight the infection and cure the virus during the early stages.
Chronic hepatitis B infection
The later stage of the hepatitis B infection (longer than 6 months) is known as chronic hepatitis B. This chronic stage is more serious and may cause lifelong health problems. Hepatitis B can not only affect adults, but babies and children as well. Left untreated, hepatitis B infections can lead to serious health problems. Each year, approximately 3,000-5,000 people in the United States die from liver damage or liver cancer caused by hepatitis B.
As of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 800,000 to 1.4 million cases of chronic hepatitis B in the United States.
In some cases, people with hepatitis B may be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. However, 70 percent of adults will develop acute hepatitis B-related symptoms.
Symptoms of hepatitis B include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
On average, hepatitis B symptoms appear 3 months after exposure, but can appear anytime between 6 weeks to 6 months. If present, symptoms may last a few weeks or up to 6 months. Transmission from an infected person to an uninfected person is possible even when symptoms are not present.
Hepatitis B is most commonly spread through contact with the blood or sexual fluids of an infected person. That is why the hepatitis B virus can be transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sexual intercourse, or by sharing needles, syringes or other drug-injection equipment. You are also at risk of contracting the virus if you share toiletries such as toothbrushes and razors (since they can come in contact with blood and open sores), or come in contact with open sores or cuts of an infected person. According to the CDC, hepatitis B is not spread through utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing or sneezing.
Getting tested for hepatitis B with STDCheckUpNow.com is easy and fast. Our CLIA-certified test centers will collect a small blood sample and test it for hepatitis B. Our FDA-approved hepatitis B test detects acute hepatitis B infections, and can also be used to help diagnose chronic (old) hepatitis B infections. Detecting an early hepatitis B infection is important to avoid health complications. If you test positive for hepatitis B, our labs will run a confirmation test at no additional cost. This ensures that you receive the most sensitive and accurate results. This test is included in our 10 Test-Panel or in our individual STD test package. No undressing or uncomfortable swabbing is necessary.
Free-STDcheck.org has over 4,500 testing centers throughout the United States with some locations open on Saturday for your convenience. To find a local hepatitis B testing center near you, simply go to our STD test center location page and enter your zip code. You will be given a list of nearby centers. Choose a location and complete your order. You can also call us at 1-800-495-7178 or use our live chat feature and one of our certified health specialists will be happy to assist you.
While there is no cure for hepatitis B, more than 90 percent of healthy adults who contract the virus will recover naturally from it within the first year. Treatment for hepatitis B includes: adequate rest, nutrition and fluid-intake, as well as close monitoring of the liver’s health and the individual’s overall health. Some cases may be more severe and might require hospitalization.
Without treatment or close monitoring, acute hepatitis B could lead to chronic hepatitis B. Untreated chronic hepatitis B can lead to liver failure, cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death. The best way to know if you have hepatitis B is to get tested. Consider getting tested for hepatitis B as part of your routine STD testing or if you are at risk.
Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that is manageable when caught in the first six months. It can be contracted through sexual activities, infected blood or sharing needles. Approximately 70% of cases are symptomless, so get tested if you may have been exposed.
The number one way to prevent hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated for the virus prior to being exposed to it. Abstinence from all sexual activities and intravenous drug use are the only other sure-fire ways to prevent contracting hepatitis B. If you are not willing to abstain from sex, you should practice safer sex by consistently using condoms or dental dams. Being in a monogamous relationship with someone who is not infected with hepatitis B will also prevent infection. Talking about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with your new partner before engaging in sexual relationship is another way to prevent getting hepatitis B.
Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver and is the most common, long-lasting bloodborne infection in the United States. The hepatitis C virus was first discovered in 1989. It is often asymptomatic, but can display symptoms that mimic the flu. The first six months of this infection is known as acute hepatitis C. It is possible to clear a hepatitis C infection and stop it from progressing if it is discovered early on. After six months of infection, hepatitis C progresses to the chronic stage (known as chronic hepatitis C) and becomes a serious disease that can lead to liver failure, liver cancer and death. The CDC estimates that 2.7 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C.
Acute hepatitis C does not usually show symptoms. As a result, most people with the disease are not be aware of it. When acute hepatitis C symptoms do appear, they are usually flu-like: Fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Other symptoms of hepatitis C include jaundice, joint pain, dark urine and/or gray-colored stool.
With chronic hepatitis C infections, symptoms often do not arise for many years-- often not until serious liver damage has already occurred. Chronic hepatitis C can be very serious and may result in symptoms like abdominal pain, excessive bleeding, joint pain, weight loss and other signs of poor liver function.
Hepatitis C is transmitted when an infected person's blood enters the body of an uninfected person. This happens mainly through sharing of needles or other drug injection equipment, accidental needle sticks (in healthcare setting, for instance) and by being born to a mother with hepatitis C. It is also possible to contract hepatitis C through unprotected sexual intercourse, especially for those that are HIV positive. Hepatitis C cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites. There are no records of known hepatitis C transmissions through mosquito bites worldwide.
The Hepatitis C Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) test is a blood test that searches for antibodies to the virus that causes hepatitis C. Our FDA-approved Hepatitis C test is highly sensitive and detects antibodies within 8-9 weeks of the initial infection. When you contract hepatitis C, your body develops antibodies to fight off the virus. Our test looks for the presence of these antibodies in your system. Our hepatitis C test is simple. All it takes is a few minutes and a quick blood draw. Your results will be available within 1-2 business days. If your results come back positive, our Care Advisors will put you in touch with one of our doctors who will advise you on your treatment options.
Free-STDcheck.org has over 4,500 testing centers throughout the United States with some locations open on Saturday for your convenience. To find a local hepatitis C testing center near you, simply go to our STD test center location page and enter your zip code. You will be given a list of nearby centers. Choose a location and complete your order. You can also call us at 1-800-495-7178 or use our live chat feature and one of our certified health specialists will be happy to assist you with choosing a local STD testing center.
Hepatitis C is treatable if it is diagnosed at an acute stage . Acute hepatitis C infections will sometimes go away on their own after a short period. If diagnosed at a chronic stage, hepatitis C infections may require antiviral medications to prevent more damaging effects from the virus.
Since hepatitis C infections do not always display symptoms, the only way to really know if you have been infected is to get tested. Untreated chronic hepatitis C is very dangerous. It can lead to a host of illnesses, including liver failure, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer or even death. Also unlike hepatitis A & B, there is no vaccine to prevent against contracting the hepatitis C virus.
Hepatitis C is a liver infection that is symptomless 80% of the time. When it does present symptoms, they can mimic the flu. About 3.2 million people in the US have Hepatitis C and 3 out of 4 who are infected don’t even know they have it. Click on our 'Prices & Packages' tab or call 1-800-495-7178 or start a Live Chat to get started.
It is possible to have hepatitis C and not know it. Approximately 80 percent of individuals with hepatitis C infections do not experience any symptoms. According to the CDC, an estimated 3.2 million people in the United States have chronic (long-term) hepatitis C infections. Getting tested for hepatitis C and other STDs is often the only way to know if you are infected. Many people living unknowingly with hepatitis C only find out when they are getting routine bloodwork or are donating blood.
There is no swabbing or undressing during our hepatitis C blood test. When you visit one of our test centers, a skilled lab tech will draw a small sample of blood, then you can be on your way minutes later. The test sample will be tested for hepatitis C via the FDA-approved enzyme immunoassay (EIA) test. The EIA searches for antibodies that are developed by the body to combat the infection. Our doctors recommend testing for hepatitis C 8-9 weeks after initial exposure to give the body time to develop enough detectable antibodies.
Our FDA-approved hepatitis C blood test searches for antibodies in the blood. When antibodies are detected, our test will return a positive result. A positive result indicates that you do have hepatitis C. A negative result means that no antibodies were found in your blood, meaning no hepatitis C was found in your blood.
Syphilis is a highly contagious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. Syphilis can be contracted during oral, vaginal and anal sex and occurs in stages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 55,000 new syphilis infections are contracted annually. Of these new cases, nearly 13,000 are of primary and secondary syphilis, which are the earliest and most infectious stages of the disease. Syphilis is curable in its earlier stages, but can cause very serious and possibly irreversible complications if the infection goes untreated. People who have syphilis may not be aware they have it because many of its symptoms are indistinguishable from other diseases. For this reason, syphilis is often referred to as "the great imitator."
Syphilis is transmitted sexually, through direct contact with a syphilis sore, rash, or mucous membrane during unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Sores, or chancres (pronounced SHANG-ker), occur on the lips and mouth, vagina, penis, anus, and/or rectum. Primary syphilis chancres most frequently appear on the genitals, but can also occur on the fingers, mouth, lips, tongue, tonsils, anus and breasts and nipples. Syphilis symptoms can either go unnoticed or be misdiagnosed as the flu for many years. There are three stages to the syphilis infection: Primary, secondary and latent/late. If left untreated during these stages, syphilis becomes deadly.
The only way to know for sure if you have syphilis is to get tested. Our doctors recommend the RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin) with Reflex to Quantitative RPR test. This Syphilis Test is a simple blood test that looks for antibodies the body creates to combat syphilis. If test results return positive, a confirmatory TP (Treponema pallidum) test will be done to confirm the initial diagnosis. Our doctors recommend testing for anyone with symptoms of a primary or secondary syphilis infection. Pregnant women in particular should get tested during pregnancy and at delivery, because long-term untreated syphilis infections can lead to death for developing infants.
Free-STDcheck.org has more than 4,500 testing centers throughout the United States with some locations open on Saturday for your convenience. To find a local testing center near you, simply go to our STD test center location page and enter your zip code. You will be given a list of nearby centers. Choose a location and complete your order. You can also call us at 1-800-495-7178 or use our live chat feature and one of our certified health specialists will be happy to assist you.
In the latent or late stages, the effects of syphilis infection can be severe. If left untreated, syphilis can result in damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones and joints. Also, according to the CDC, a person with syphilis sores is 2 to 5 times more likely to acquire HIV. Pregnant women with syphilis may miscarry or transmit the infection to their babies.
Syphilis can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics when caught early on. In the early stages of syphilis infection, a single dose of penicillin is effective. Treatment will kill the Treponema pallidumbacterium and prevent further damage, but it cannot reverse any damage that has already been done. This is why treating the disease during its primary and secondary stages is so important. If you are being treated for syphilis, abstain from sexual activity until the syphilis sores are completely healed and treatment is finished. Partners should get syphilis treatment together in order to avoid becoming reinfected with the bacteria. Our doctors also recommend follow-up testing to be sure that all of the bacteria that causes syphilis has been cleared from your system.
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