Unfortunately, sexually transmitted infections are an all too common occurrence in the lives of otherwise healthy people. Worldwide, 1 in 10 women in the age group 16–20 have Chlamydia. Syphilis has come back with a fifty-fold increase in its prevalence. Over the last decade, more and more people have been infected with HIV, and according to the CDC, 1 in 3 HIV-infected individuals do not realize they are infected. Over the last year, the incidence of Gonorrhea and Hepatitis B and C has increased while 1 in 5 sexually active people in the United States is believed to have the genital herpes Type 2 virus. Clearly, sexual health is an important issue in the world of today and that's mostly because people find it hard to talk about their sexual health. The STIs are spreading far and wide and that's to a large extent because people refuse to acknowledge the existence of the sexually transmitted infections.

If you've been pushed into having sex or you've had unprotected sex and you have reasons to fear that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, you might have several questions about the different sexually transmitted diseases and STD testing. The FAQ below will answer most of your questions. If you can't find your question below, you can simply give us a free call at 888-380-5571 and we will assist you in every way we can.STD Frequently Asked QuestionsAre sexually transmitted infections common?

These days, sexually transmitted infections are very common. As a matter of fact, STDs are by far one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today. Every year, the CDC estimates that there are about 19 million new infections in the United States. Currently the STDs are costing the U.S. health care system $17 billion every year. In the year 2010, 300,000 cases of Gonorrhea and 1.3 million Chlamydia cases were reported. 1 in 5 sexually active people in the United States has the Herpes Type 2 virus.What are the common symptoms of the sexually transmitted infections?

Sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia and HIV generally have no sign and symptom, so in most cases, infected people can go for years on before finding out that they have the infection. Nevertheless, sexually transmitted diseases sometimes manifest themselves in the form of discharges through the urethra or vagina, which can be pus-like or watery. A burning sensation when you urinate or pain before, during and after sex can also be a good indication that you might have contracted an infection. More frequent urination at night, swelling of the testes or vulva, blood in your urine, rashes around your genitals and pain in between your periods are also symptoms you may wish to watch our for. If you are currently showing any one of these symptoms, you have a reason to be worried.Why should I get tested for an STD?

If the above facts and figures were not enough reason for you to feel the need to get tested for the different STDs, then perhaps the fact that many STIs are asymptomatic for long periods of time will be. This basically means that of the different common STIs, many do not have signs and symptoms such that unless you get tested, you might go for years on before finding out at some point that you have been infected by a deadly virus or bacteria. By then, it might be too late for the infection to be treated. A classic example of such an STD is Syphilis. Syphilis is curable but if left untreated, you can develop a more serious form of the disease that can cause paralysis, blindness and even death. Other serious additional medical risks are also commonly associated with the different STDs including infertility in both men and women, increased risk of cancer, severe neurological damage and mental retardation and general deformities as well as seizures.How long will it take for me to get my test results?

Any test you take at one of our sexual health facilities will provide reliable and 99% accurate results within 3 days. Your test results will be made available to you online such that you won't receive any mail at home. An email will notify you that your test results are available and you then simply have to log in and access your test results.Are your tests accurate?

STD tests are never 100% accurate and that's mostly because many of the STIs don't show up right away. In some cases, it can take an infection anywhere from a couple of days to a few months to show up in testing. At Safe STD Testing, our tests are reliable and at least 99% accurate with both a high sensitivity and a high specificity.Do I need referral letter from my GP to get a private STD test?

No. To attend one of our sexual health facilities, you do not need any referral letter from your GP. We operate an open access sexual health service that you can attend with or without an appointment.Why is Safe STD Testing better than going to my own doctor, or any other private STD clinic?Safe STD Testing runs a private, confidential, non-judgmental and fast STD testing service. We fiercely guard the personal information of the people who come to us because at Safe STD Testing, we believe that any individual has the right to be in full control of his or her sexual health. In addition to that, Safe STD Testing works in collaboration with the nation's most respected diagnostic laboratories, LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics so our tests guarantee a 99% accurate results.What about billing and payment?

Unfortunately, at the moment, we cannot accept insurance for the simple reason that insurance normally requires that personal information be released and that violates our confidentiality policy. Other than that, we accept all the major credit cards or payment via Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). We also have in place a cancellation policy. You can receive a full refund on any order you place with us within 21 days of making payment and before visiting one of our testing facilities.