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Infection & Sexual Health Blood Tests

Infection and sexual health blood tests diagnose sexually transmitted infections and monitor overall sexual health.

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Suspected STI Exposure
Routine Sexual Health Check
Symptoms of Infection
Pre-Conception Screening
Pregnancy Planning
HIV Monitoring
Hepatitis Exposure Risk
Travel to High-Risk Areas
Partner Notification of STI
Unprotected Sexual Encounter

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Not Suitable For

No Indicative Symptoms or Exposures
Within Window Period for STIs
Recent STI Treatment
Inability to Consent to Testing
Patient Distress Over Testing
Inappropriate Testing for Age
Known Negative Status without New Exposure
Non-Sexual Transmission Not Considered
Alternative Diagnosis Confirmed
Recent Vaccination

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Overview

Odycy enables you to find and book confidential testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), essential for early detection and treatment.

Key Takeaways

  • Regular sexual health screenings, including blood, swab, and urine tests, are vital for detecting and treating sexually transmitted infections (STIs),
  • Sexual health blood tests may encompass a range of blood tests to identify potential sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, syphillis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and herpes simplex virus.
  • Understanding test results with the help of a healthcare professional is crucial for appropriate health management.
  • Insurance coverage for tests may vary by provider.

Need to Know

What tests are included in sexual health screenings?

Sexual health screenings typically involve a range of tests. Blood tests are often used to identify HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, and herpes. Swab or urine tests are also frequently used to detect chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and other infections.

Why is it Important to Have Regular Sexual Health Tests?

Sexual health tests are crucial for the early identification and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Early intervention can prevent complications associated with these infections and stop their spread to others.

*What is Included in a Sexual Health Blood test? *

A sexual health blood test, often part of a comprehensive screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), can include tests for a variety of infections. The specific tests included can vary based on the individual's symptoms, risk factors, and medical history. Generally, the following STIs are commonly tested for through blood samples:

1. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus): Tests for the virus that causes AIDS. There are different types of HIV tests, including antibody tests, antigen/antibody tests, and nucleic acid tests (NAT).

2. Syphilis: Usually tested with a rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test or a Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test, which detect antibodies produced in response to the Treponema pallidum bacterium.

3. Hepatitis B: Tests for the hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, which affects the liver. The test can detect the presence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).

4. Hepatitis C: Tests for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. It initially involves an antibody test, and if positive, further testing (such as a nucleic acid test for HCV RNA) is conducted to confirm active infection.

5. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV): Although not routinely included in all sexual health screenings, blood tests can detect antibodies to HSV-1 and HSV-2, the viruses that cause oral and genital herpes, respectively. However, testing is more often recommended only if symptoms are present or if the individual has a known exposure, because the presence of antibodies alone does not differentiate between an active or past infection.

It's important to note that other STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, are typically diagnosed through urine tests or swabs of affected areas rather than blood tests. 

When undergoing a sexual health screening, it's crucial to discuss with a healthcare provider which tests are appropriate based on individual risk factors and concerns. This ensures a tailored approach to testing and management, optimizing care and confidentiality for the patient.

How Can I Understand My Test Results?

Interpreting your test results is vital for managing your health. It's advisable to discuss these results with a healthcare professional who can provide a clear explanation of the results and recommend suitable treatment or preventive measures based on your specific health situation.

Are Sexual Health Blood Tests Covered by Insurance?

Coverage for sexual health blood tests can significantly vary depending on your insurance provider. Check with your provider to understand what is covered under your plan.

Conclusion

Sexual health blood tests enable the early detection and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, thereby safeguarding individual health and the health of others. Get secure confidential testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexual health through Odycy. Timely diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections is vital for long-term well-being.

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