One of the very first things that you should know about STD testing is that not every single doctor pays close attention to this. However, this is not because they do not care about you, but because unless you complain about something related to STDs, they will have no reason to think that you need to get STD testing. If they notice something that is typical of an STD, they will certainly recommend it, but they will not automatically do it. This means that if you have regular health check-ups that go well, you shouldn’t assume that they included STD testing.
If you ask for STD testing or if your doctor recommends it, you will first have to undergo a physical examination so that the medical professionals can detect if there are any visible signs of an infection and if there are, they can estimate the severity of the disease. However, even before this, the medical staff might require some information concerning your sex life so that they can get a clearer picture of what is going on. Bear in mind that during this process, you have to be completely honest not only because honesty is the best policy, but because this might help both you and your doctors. By getting all the right information, they will be able to tell how you got infected in the first place and how long you have been infected, which is important because it will make it easier for them to help you deal with the disease successfully.
Once you are done with the informative part of the testing procedure and the physical examination, the time comes for the tests themselves. However, you shouldn’t worry about them because they are all fairly simple and do not last long. Believe it or not, the worst part of the whole thing is waiting for the results. Generally, the tests can include blood and/or urine tests, giving saliva or discharge samples. Of course, you will not have to do everything because different STDs require different types of testing. Once your doctor recommends the appropriate tests and once you get them done, the samples are sent to a lab and analyzed. In case of testing for HIV, there is a special blood test that has to be performed and in case of much less serious STDs with clearly visible symptoms, tissue scrapping is all it takes.
Keep in mind that some results will be available in only a short period of time while for others, you will have to wait for a while. And as it was already pointed out, the waiting part is the worst because once you get the results, you will know where you stand and what you should do. The results can either be sent to you via post or you can sometimes get them via phone. It all depends on what you want and what you feel more comfortable with.