We see many patients who did NOT get appropriate screening from other providers. If you are getting an STD test from urgent care, your doctors’ office, or other sites, these are the tests that you should be asking them to perform. Just “getting a blood test” is NOT automatically an HIV or syphilis test, and will not detect gonorrhea or chlamydia either. A urine test will also NOT show if you have rectal or oral gonorrhea or chlamydia – the two most common infections we see that patients don’t know they had, and both can lead to your infection with HIV even if you have no symptoms!
Always ask for these tests:
- HIV 4th Generation Testing (Blood Test for HIV Antibodies and P24 Antigen)
- VDRL or RPR Testing (Blood Test for Syphilis)
- A urine test Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
- A throat swab for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
- A rectal swab for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia if you are a “bottom” or get “rimmed” or use shared toys.
- Hepatitis C testing (Blood test) for those who have used injection drugs, are baby boomers, or engage in receptive anal sex (“bottoms”)
- An anal / rectal HPV test for those who are “bottoms” or get “rimmed” or use shared toys.
- An anal / rectal cytology test (a Pap test) for those who are “bottoms” or get “rimmed” or use shared toys.
- Screen for Hepatitis A and B immunity