STD Labs and Treatment

Protect yourself and your partner with our STD testing services.

 

Whether you are concerned and not sure what to check for, or have been told you have been exposed to a specific disease, we can help with STD testing options.

Why should I use Alabama Comp for STD Testing?

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  • Confidential STD Testing Service AND medical treatment
    • Expanded STD panel only $229
    • Basic STD panel only $159 (excludes Hepatitis B and C)
    • Same day treatment appointment available for only $75
  • Locally owned business with superb customer service (no calling an “800” number to just be re-directed to a lab collection facility that can’t offer you medical treatment)
  • Our expanded 8-Test Panel tests for all common STDs, including:
    • Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2,
    • HIV
    • Hepatitis B and C
    • Chlamydia
    • Gonorrhea
    • Syphilis
  • Fast test results in 1-2 days; your results will be confidentially provided to you through the reporting method of your choice.
  • Immediate medical consultation and treatment available upon positive test results

STD testing: What’s right for you?

 

Sexually transmitted diseases are common, but the types of STD testing you need may vary by your risk factors. Find out what’s recommended for you.

If you’re sexually active, particularly with multiple partners, you’ve probably heard the following advice many times: Use protection and get tested.

 

This is important because a person can have a sexually transmitted disease without knowing it. In many cases, there aren’t any signs or symptoms. In fact, that’s why many experts prefer the term sexually transmitted infections (STIs), because you can have an infection without disease symptoms.

 

But what types of STI testing do you need? And how often should you be screened? The answers depend on your age, your sexual behaviors and other risk factors. Don’t assume that you’re receiving STI testing every time you have a gynecologic exam or Pap test.

 

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Here are some guidelines for STI testing for specific sexually transmitted infections.

 

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

 

Get screened annually if:

  • You’re a sexually active woman under age 25
  • You’re a woman older than 25 and at risk of STIs — for example, if you’re having sex with a new partner or multiple partners
  • You’re a man who has sex with men
  • You have HIV
  • You’ve been forced to have intercourse or engage in sexual activity against your will

 

Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening is done either through a urine test or through a swab inside the penis in men or from the cervix in women. The sample is then analyzed in a laboratory. Screening is important, because if you don’t have signs or symptoms, you can be unaware that you have either infection.

 

HIV TestHIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages HIV testing, at least once, as a routine part of medical care if you’re an adolescent or adult between the ages of 13 and 64. Younger teens should be tested if they have a high risk of an STI. The CDC advises yearly HIV testing if you are at high risk of infection.

 

Hepatitis C screening is recommended for everyone born between 1945 and 1965. The incidence of hepatitis C is high in this age group, and the disease often has no symptoms until it’s advanced. Vaccines are available for both hepatitis A and B if screening shows you haven’t been exposed to these viruses.

 

Request testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis if you:

  • Test positive for another STI, which puts you at greater risk of other STIs
  • Have had more than one sexual partner (or if your partner has had multiple partners) since your last test
  • Use intravenous (IV) drugs
  • Are a man who has sex with men
  • Are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
  • Have been forced to have intercourse or engage in sexual activity against your will

 

Your doctor tests you for syphilis by taking either a blood sample or a swab from any genital sores you might have. The sample is examined in a laboratory. A blood sample is taken to test for HIV and hepatitis.

 

Genital Herpes

 

No good screening test exists for herpes, a viral infection that can be transmitted even when a person doesn’t have symptoms. Your doctor may take a tissue scraping or culture of blisters or early ulcers, if you have them, for examination in a laboratory. But a negative test doesn’t rule out herpes as a cause for genital ulcerations.

 

A blood test also may help detect a past herpes infection, but results aren’t always conclusive. Some blood tests can help differentiate between the two main types of the herpes virus. Type 1 is the virus that more typically causes cold sores, although it can also cause genital sores.

 

Type 2 is the virus that causes genital sores more often. Still, the results may not be totally clear, depending on the sensitivity of the test and the stage of the infection. False-positive and false-negative results are possible.1

1https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/in-depth/std-testing/art-20046019

 

Call or text 205-999-7644 to schedule an appointment today.