Tests for STIs

Tests for STIs

Best Sexologist in Karachi urge their patients to get regularly tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as timely diagnosis and treatment make all the difference. In many cases, sexually transmitted infections present with no symptoms; this is why, regular testing is important. People getting into monogamous relationships should also get tested beforehand.

Read on to know more about the kind of tests available for STIs:

Who Needs to Get Tested?

Experts suggest the following groups should be screened for sexually transmitted infections:

  • All people between the ages of 13 to 64 years who are sexually active should be tested at least once for HIV infection.
  • Women who are younger than 25 years and sexually active should get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea, yearly. The same applies to women who are older than 25 but have risk factors of acquiring a sexual infection, such as: multiple sexual partners, previous history of sexually transmitted infection with incomplete treatment, or a partner with an STI.
  • Anyone with history of unsafe sex should get tested.
  • Pregnant women should be tested for sexually transmitted infections as well, in case they vertically transmit the infection to the baby. Tests include: hepatitis B and hepatitis C tests early in pregnancy, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea.

What are the Common STIs to Get Tested for?

There are multiple sexually transmitted infections that one should be tested for. Your healthcare provider will guide you on which one you should test for. The common ones to be tested for include: chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, hepatitis and HIV.

Testing is available in labs, hospitals and clinics. Many STIs are part of the ‘notifiable’ diseases, which means the public health department needs to be informed. These include: HIV, syphilis, chancroid, gonorrhea, hepatitis and chlamydia. Most healthcare providers recommend treatment for the partner as well.

How is One Tested for STIs?

Tests for STIs include sample of:


Swabs such as those from urethra, throat, vagina, cervix and rectum (for those engaging in anal sex) are used to test for presence of organisms. During a pelvic exam, cotton applicator is used to take samples from the vagina, cervix and urethra, depending to the sexual history of the patient. These swabs are then sent to the pathology lab for testing.

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Pap Smear and Tests for HPV

Pap smears are useful for looking for early signs of cervical cancer. An abnormal pap smear may warrant getting additional testing for presence of HPV.

Most sexually active adults get infected with HPV at least once in their lives. There are many types of HPV infections, with the HPV-16 and HPV-18 type being the most dangerous.

Women infected with HPV-16 and HPV-18, are at higher risk of cervical cancer. There is vaccine available against HPV that can protect against this virus as well.

Blood and Urine

Blood and urine samples are ordered when testing for the presence of: HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. In certain cases, the tests are not positive for a long while after contracting the infection. Therefore, correlation between the symptoms and history of the patient by the healthcare provider are important.

Physical Examination

For infections like herpes and warts, physical examination plays a big role in the diagnosis of infection. Your healthcare provider may choose to perform other confirmatory tests before starting treatment.

What to Do If you Test Positive?

If the tests come back positive for any infection, your healthcare provider may choose to perform some additional investigations. The healthcare provider will recommend your partner to get tested, as well. Thereafter, treatment is started once the confirmatory tests come back positive. Most information about testing and treatment is available on oladoc.com.

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