HPV (cervical cancer)

Starting at age 21, women should be tested with a Pap test, which looks for cervical cell changes associated with “high-risk” types of HPV associated with cervical cancer. Starting at age 30, women should get an HPV test as well. No test available for men for these types of HPV. For more information about HPV, […]

HPV (genital warts)

Visual diagnosis. Warts can occur in both men and women. For more information about HPV, click here.

Trichomoniasis

Swab of the infected area, physical exam or sample of discharge. “Trich” is harder to detect in men than in women. For more information about trichomoniasis, click here.

Syphilis

Blood test, or sample taken from a sore. The CDC recommends all pregnant women be tested for syphilis. For more information about syphilis, click here.

Genital Herpes (with symptoms)

Swab of the affected area; if at first negative for herpes, follow later with a blood test to make sure. Must be done as soon as possible; “viral culture” test not as accurate after 48 hours. A negative culture does not mean that you do not have genital herpes. For more information about herpes, click […]

Genital Herpes (no symptoms)

Blood test (drawn from an arm or a fingerstick). Be sure to ask for a type-specific IgG test (not an IgM test). For more information about herpes, click here.

HIV

Blood test or swab from inside of the mouth. Confidential and anonymous testing options are available in many clinics. To learn more about HIV, click here.

Gonorrhea

Swab of genital area or urine sample. For chlamydia and gonorrhea: If you have had oral or anal sex, let your healthcare provider know this also. These sites may be infected, but vaginal or urine samples may not be positive. For more information about gonorrhea, click here.

Chlamydia

Swab of genital area or urine sample For chlamydia and gonorrhea: If you have hadoral or anal sex, let your healthcare provider know this also. These sites may be infected, but vaginal or urine samples may not be positive. For more information about chlamydia, click here.