The Ultimate STD package consists of 7 STD tests to see if you have been exposed to Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
- HIV Blood Test
- Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Test
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Blood Test
- Hepatitis C Blood Test
- Herpes Simplex 2 Blood Test
- Syphilis Blood Test
Note: If you don't need Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C testing, save money by ordering our Basic STD Package at a discount.
Expect results in approximately 3 business days.
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Please see "Additional Details" for important information on the individual tests that make-up this package.
Preparation: No special preparation is needed. Fasting is not required for this blood test. In general, being well hydrated (drinking plenty of water before the blood draw) will help make your veins somewhat easier to locate and access for the blood draw.
The Ultimate STD Test Package contains all these tests:
- HIV Blood Test: This is the most common test for HIV. It will appear as "Panel 083824" on your lab requisition form. This test includes testing for HIV antibodies by EIA with Western blot confirmation. Instead of looking for HIV itself, the test is actually looking for the way your body responds to the virus. Once the immune system recognizes HIV, it responds by producing antibodies. This antibody response can start to show as early as 3-4 weeks. By 6 weeks, 95-97% of people infected with HIV would most likely show a detectable antibody response. At 3 months, this test is considered conclusive for a healthy individual. Persons with an immune deficiency may want to wait 6 months from the exposure, or see your physician about a special test which is not dependent on antibody production.
- Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Test: This is a urine test that uses advanced technology (nucleic acid amplification) and is recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. It replaces a culture test as the "gold standard" test for Chlamydia & Gonorrhoeae.
The average incubation period for detection, that is the period of time you could get a false negative test results, of Chlamydia is typically from a few days to a few weeks after a contact. The average incubation period for detection of Gonorrhea is typically from a few days to a few weeks after a contact.
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: The test is the earliest indicator of the presence of acute infection. Also, it is indicative of of chronic infection. The test determines the presence of the Hepatitis B Surface Antigens in your blood.
The usual incubation period of hepatitis B is between 60-90 days (although it can range from 40-160 days). The hepatitis surface antigen (HBsAg) is present in blood in the latter part of the incubation period and in the acute phase of HBV infection. Its persistence indicates failure to clear the virus. Patients that remain HBsAg positive for more than 6 months are regarded as chronic carriers.
Hepatitis B is spread when body fluids (blood, saliva, semen, vagina fluids) from an infected person enter another person's body through a break in the skin or a mucous membrane. It can be spread by sexual activity.
- Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody: The Hepatitis C virus is spread by coming in contact with blood infected with HCV. Over half the people infected with HCV develop a chronic infection that last for many years and often never goes away. Most people with chronic Hepatitis C have some degree of inflammation all the time, but most do not have symptoms. A positive HCV antibody test indicates HCV infection and will require follow-up with your personal physician, who will likely order additional confirmation tests to exclude a false positive. Incubation period, which is the time period where you could get a false negative result, is usually between 4 to 12 weeks. In rare circumstances, it could take past 6 months for the virus to be detectable.
- Herpes Simplex II: This blood screening test (HSV Type 2-specific Ab,IgG) detects Type II antibodies. Some people may be detectable for a past exposure to herpes as soon as 4 weeks from a suspected contact although most of the population would be detectable with this test after 12 weeks. If you have a positive test result, you should contact your physician who will probably order additional confirmation tests.
There are two types of of HSV: Type I usually causes cold sores on the lips. This test does not detect Type I antibodies. HSV Type II usually causes sores in the genital area (genital herpes). This test detects Type II antibodies that develop after at least 4 weeks (but usually longer) from exposure to the infection.
A positive for herpes 2 means the test found signs of type 2 herpes, but it doesn’t tell us whether or not you’ve ever had, or will ever have, a genital herpes outbreak.
The test results for herpes fall within a numeric range, which can be a bit confusing. A value of 0.9 or less is negative. A value above 1.1 is positive, though a very low level positive could be a false positive.
Important Note from the Lab about the Herpes II Test: “There is a considerable homology between HSV-1 and HSV-2 antigens, so that antibodies formed against either virus are highly cross-reactive”. For this reason, you should know that a false positive result, while a risk with any lab test, is an increased risk with this screening test for Herpes II. In the event of an unexpected positive test result, you will need to consult your physician who will likely order additional testing.
- Syphilis Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR): This blood test looks for the antibodies produced in response to being infected with the Syphilis bacterium. Syphilis has an incubation period of between 9 days and 3 months (the average is 21 days), and most individuals show detectable antibody levels by 6 weeks. Positive results should be followed up with a physician. He will likely recommend a repeat or different test for confirmation.
Free Pre and Post counseling is available for all STD testing. To set up this service, call 703.534.6766 before ordering your STD test. If you have a positive STD result, you will need to consult your own physician for a diagnosis, follow-up testing and treatment.
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