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Best time to get tested for different STDs

When is the right time to get tested? Should you get an STD test right away? or is it better to wait?

Well, that depends get tested today if you’ve had more than one partner in the last year and you’ve had unprotected sex.But if you’ve had sex with someone recently and want to rule out STDs from that encounter, get tested in three weeks from that day and then again in three months. This is because all STDs take time to become detectable. This time period is called STD testing window.

What is an STD testing window?

STD testing window is the time between getting an STD and having it show up on a test.

For example: let’s talk about Bob. On Saturday, Bob had sex with somebody and he didn’t use a condom and now on Monday is getting worried and wants to make sure that he didn’t get anything. Because STDs don’t always have symptoms, so he wants to get tested. If Bob got an STD a week ago it may not be detectable yet. Our doctors would tell Bob to wait until 3 weeks after the day he had sex to get tested.

If this was the only time Bob had an unsafe sexual encounter. But this wasn’t the first time Bob didn’t use a condom. Things happen and for Bob things happened a few times over the year. So here’s the recommendation

If you had more than one partner in the last year and have had unprotected sex get tested today.

But if you are really worried about what happened let’s say two days ago set a reminder to get tested in three weeks.from that day and then get tested again in three months.

Why wait for 3 three months?

Well, STDs like HIV and herpes take a longer time to develop. So you want to make sure you don’t get what’s called a false negative.

This can happen if you get tested before the infection is detectable so by waiting three weeks and then testing again in three months you’ll increase the likelihood that you can pick up everything at the right time.

Also read : When to get tested for STDs based on the duration of your relationship and number of partners

Best time to get tested for all STDs for accurate results

Let’s have an STD incubation period chart which answers the time it takes for an std to show up on a test or if STD symptoms appear immediately or the next day?

Sr. No Type of STD tests Immediate detection time-frame Detection period Re-test required after treatment in:
1 Chlamydia (urine test) 1 day to 5 days Possible Detection – Within the first week
Most Likely Detection – 2 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 4 Weeks
2 weeks
2 Gonorrhea (urine test) 2 to 7 days Possible Detection – Within the first week
Most Likely Detection – 1-2 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 2-3 Weeks
2 weeks
3 Syphilis 3 to 6 weeks Possible Detection – 3-4 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12 Weeks
12 weeks
4 Hepatitis A 2 to 7 weeks Possible Detection – 2-3 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 3-6 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 6-7 Weeks
Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
5 Hepatitis B 3 to 6 weeks Possible Detection – 3-6 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6-10 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12 Weeks
Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
6 Hepatitis C 8-9 Weeks Possible Detection – 7-8 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6-9 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 10-12 Weeks
after 12 weeks
7 HIV (antibody test) 4 to 12 weeks Possible Detection – 4 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 4-6 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12 Weeks
Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
8 HIV (RNA test) 9 to 11 days Highest Accuracy – 9 to 11 days Not required, virus remains in the body for lifelong period
9 Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 (HSV1, HSV2): 2 to 4 weeks Possible Detection – 2-4 Weeks
Most Likely Detection – 6-12 Weeks
Highest Accuracy – 12-16 Weeks
12 weeks

STD statistics by age, which age group is at the highest risk of infection group?

Sr. No Type of STD No. of cases Highest proportion of cases in age group
1 Chlamydia Over 1 million cases each year women aged 15 to 24 years
2 Gonorrhea Over 300,000 new cases each year women aged 15 to 24 years & men aged 20 to 24 years
3 Syphilis Over 45000 new cases each year men and women between 15 to 44 years accounted for 79.6% of reported cases
4 HPV Over 6 million new cases each year 20–29 age-group (9.1%) and the second peak appearing in ≥50 age-groups (5.9%–6.4%).
5 Hepatitis B-C Over 43000 cases each year HCB : N/A; HCV : 50–59 years
6 HIV (antibody test) Over 30,000 new cases each year 13 to 24 years accounted for 22% of all new HIV diagnoses, 81% new diagnosed are gay or bisexual men
7 Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 Blood Test: Over 1 million cases each year 67% of people reported herpes, aged 15-49 years
8 Trichomoniasis Over 7 million new cases each year 2.3 million (3.1%) among women ages 14-49

 

Verdict

Depending on the age group, symptoms one should immediately opt for the STD testing. Testing enables timely treatment, before the disease casuing permanent harm.Walk in STD testing center near you should be a good option, to begin.
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