Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or venereal diseases, are infections caused by organisms that can be transmitted from one person to another through sexual activity and intimate contact. Since many STDs have few or no symptoms, it is possible for a person to have an infection and to infect others without either of them knowing it. For this reason, screening for these infections is important to ensure early detection and prompt treatment. This package tests for 7 most common STI from one sample.
The 7 STI urine screen checks for 7 of the most common STIs in men and women that can give genital symptoms like pain or burning whilst passing urine, itching, discharge or rashes. However, many of these STIs might not give any symptoms at all and the 7 STI urine screen is the best way to check if you have any of them: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas vaginalis, Gardnerella vaginalis, Herpes simplex 1&2.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
The first catch of urine is best for this type of test. You should not pass urine for 2 hours before doing the test. Then the first 10-20ml of urine should be collected.
Tell us about the use of antibiotics or, if you are a woman, douches or vaginal creams within 24 hours before testing vaginal samples, as they may affect test results. You may be asked to avoid using these within 24 hours before testing vaginal samples since they may affect test results. Menstruation will not affect results.
Many people do not notice symptoms when they have an STI, including most women with chlamydia. If it’s left untreated, chlamydia can affect your ability to get pregnant.
Gonorrhoea can also affect fertility. Around 50% of women and 10% of men with gonorrhoea do not have symptoms.
Left untreated, STIs can affect your health. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, get tested. In women and men:
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have an STI, but it’s worth getting tested so you can find out what’s causing the symptoms and get treatment.
If you test positive for any of the STIs listed, our medic will contact you to issue further advice on what you should do next.
See the pages on the individual tests for more detailed information about each one.
Results should be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical and laboratory findings.
The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario.
Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.
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