Common Ailments

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

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Can’t you just draw some blood?

Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI) isn’t always as easy as checking blood work. There isn’t one universal test that would test for “all STDs” either. In order to determine whether or not you have an infection and what types of tests should be done, the doctor will need to ask questions about your sexual history and what symptoms you might have. Also remember that just because you’ve tested “negative” for one STI you still may have another.

Here’s a list of the testing done for STIs. All tests are available at the SMU Health Center.

Chlamydia
Women: endocervical probes or tests done in conjunction with Pap smear. Urine tests available too.
Men: urethral probe or urine test
Notes: Blood testing not used. Costs vary up to $50 Asymptomatic women may consider screening.

Gonorrhea
Women: endocervical probes or tests done in conjunction with Pap smear. Urine tests available too.
Men: urethral probe or urine test
Notes: Blood testing not used. Costs vary up to $50

Hepatitis B, C
Women and Men: blood testing available
Notes: Vaccine available to prevent Hepatitis B

Herpes
Women and Men: Most definitive test is inspection and culture of area of concern
Notes: Blood testing can be expensive and not routinely done for screening.

HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
Women and Men: blood testing available
Notes: Repeat testing within 6 months recommended for those at higher risk. Free testing available in Dallas: UTSW HIV testing clinic (214-645-7300)

HPV (Human Papillomavirus, including genital warts)
Women: inspection and Pap smear
Men: inspection
Notes: No reliable blood test exists. Physician inspection in males is current screening

Syphilis
Women and Men: blood testing available