There are a few things you need to know about the std testing process. First of all, not all doctors give STD tests. STD tests are very disease-specific. So unless you have yourself checked and requested for these tests, the doctor will not recommend them. Of course if the doctor sees obvious symptoms of the disease, it will be his discretion to suggest what tests should be given to you. But just because you had a check-up don’t assume you are tested for STDs. It is not automatic, you actually have to request for them.
Before a medical health professional grants your request for STD testing, he or she will first conduct a thorough physical examination of the person infected. This is done to look for visible signs of infection and assess the degree of its severity. Prior to the physical examination, they may conduct a medical interview concerning the sexual health history of the person. It will not be uncommon if he or she asks how many sex partners you have had, the frequency of sexual intercourse, last date of sexual contact and other pertinent and sensitive questions regarding your sexual activity. This is done to be able to detect from where and whom the infection came from. It will also help in the analysis of your medical condition in determining how long the infection has already invaded your system and the potential damage it has already done. Do not be embarrassed to divulge all these information to the health team no matter how personal they could be; they are bound with a code of ethics to keep medical information like this confidential. STD centers and clinics offer anonymous STD testing. All your medical data is kept private and only between you and the medical staff.
The second step in the STD testing process is the procedure itself. Once you get a definite recommendation of what particular test to take you have to undergo testing as soon as possible. Normally to detect STDs, blood, urine, saliva and discharge samples are taken from the patient. These samples are gathered and sent to a laboratory for testing. For more specific diseases like HIV, and HIV antibody test is given. This is a particular blood test to detect if there are HIV antibodies existing in your system. If the results come out positive you are a person who is HIV+. For STDs with more visible symptoms like sores and blisters, tissue scrapping of the sores and fluids from the blisters are drawn and tested. These are tests taken if you are suspected of being infected with Herpes. The procedures vary according to the disease.