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If you’re in a relationship or had a one-time encounter, getting tested for STD or STI is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you (and your partner) needed treatment. The CDC recommends getting tested every 6 months to a year if you are sexually active and even sooner if you have multiple partners or have had unprotected sex

Should I Get Tested?

In many cases, there are not any signs or symptoms, so individuals can pass on sexually transmitted diseases to their partner without knowing it. In fact, that's why many experts prefer the term as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), because you can have an infection without disease symptoms. STIs can be dangerous, but the good news is that getting tested is no big deal and most are easy to treat.

You Should get tested if:

  • There is discharge or smell from your penis or vagina
  • You've had unprotected sex (no condom, internal condom, or dentaldam)
  • Your partner has an STD/STI
  • There are sores on your genitals
  • You have itching and/or burning during urination
  • You are ready to have sex with someone new. Most STDs don't have symptoms so you can't tell by just looking

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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused via vaginal, oral or anal sex. It can infect both men and women or babies during childbirth if the mother is infected. The infection affects the urethra, rectum or throat. In females, gonorrhea can also infect the cervix. In most cases there are no symptoms, however if they do appear majorly affects the genital tract. .

Take a test for diagnosis:

If left untreated can lead to major complications such as infertility in both men and women. Affected individuals are more susceptible to HIV/AIDS Annual screening is recommended for men and women who are sexually active. At our STD testing clinics in Houston we facilitate you with the best testing options including panel test where you can easily make appointments. .

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) which can affect men and women of all ages. The infection can be easily transmitted via vaginal, oral and or anal sex from an infected person.

Take a test for diagnosis:

At the initial stage it is difficult to know if you have chlamydia as there are few or almost no symptoms and if left untreated can cause serious health problems. Screening of chlamydia can be simply done by a urine test to see if the bacteria is the cause of infection. You can get yourself tested at our Std testing clinics in Houston without any hassle.

You may need to consider multi panel STD test as the symptoms of chlamydia can be similar to those of other STDs such as Gonorrhea.

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Syphilis (RPR)

Syphilis is a bacterial infection which can be transmitted through any kind of sexual activity including and anal. Syphilis usually begins with a non-painful sore on the rectum, mouth, penis, or vaginal region. When the skin or mucous membrane comes into contact with these sores, syphilis spreads.

Take a test for diagnosis:

After the initial Stage the bacteria can remain inactive before it starts to show symptoms. While the infected person can inadvertently pass on the infection to their partners. Besides if not treated it can badly affect the functions of heart, brain and lung and lead to serious health problems such as arthritis or cause blindness. Therefore, it is important the infection be treated at early stage.
You can take a simple blood test at STD testing laboratory. It is highly important to take precautions to avoid any before the infection causes unavoidable damage.

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Herpes Simplex I & II

Herpes is a contagious viral disease and can be contracted through sexual intercourse or exposure of body fluids of infected individual. The infection does not show any symptoms at the initial stage and infected person can spread it to their partners.

Herpes has two types

Herpes Simplex type I:

This type is commonly referred as oral herpes and can be transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin. It can easily spread through kissing, or sharing items such as toothbrush or eating utensils. This infection can result in oral infections such as cold sores around mouth or fever blisters. This virus can affect the person of any age including children.

Herpes Simplex type II:

This type is commonly referred as genital herpes and can be transmitted through sexual intercourse; oral vaginal oral, with the infected person. This infection can result in sores around the genital areas. The infected person may not have visible sores but can still transmit the disease to their partners.

Take a test for diagnosis:

Our STD testing services can help you screening out the infection. The sooner it gets detected, the better. A simple blood test can be conducted to see the presence of HSV antibodies in your blood.

There is no treatment for herpes rather it fades away with time. With the timely detection you can take the right treatment and avoid passing it to others. Based on your test result, you doctor may prescribe you medicines to aid in healing sores and lessen the severity in current outbreak.

Take a test to find out today

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Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a viral infection that infects liver cells. Liver is major organ of your body that performs the vital functions such as digest food, store energy and remove poisonous substances from your body. This stresses enough on the importance of the test and treatment for this disease. The infection can be contracted through various sources such as unprotected sex, using contaminated needles, drugs or alcohol.
Different type of viruses have different causes, symptoms and treatments

Hepatitis A (HAV):

Type A infection is majorly caused by consuming contaminated food or water. It can also be contracted via sexual activities with infected person.

Hepatitis B (HBV):

TType B virus is majorly contracted through exposure to contaminated blood, semen, and other bodily fluids such as the transfusion of infected blood or blood products. It can also be passed through contaminated injections or needles. HBV is more common in Children than adults.

Hepatitis C (HBV):

Type C is majorly caused through contact with the affected person’s blood or body fluids such as sharing of items like razor, scissors or tooth brush. In case of children if a mother is infected, it is transmitted at the time of birth however, it is less common in children than adults.


Take a test for diagnosis:

It is highly recommended for suspected patients to get themselves diagnosed and start immediate treatment to avoid complications. Delaying the treatment can cause complications sometime leading o liver transplant or cancer. Taking a test is the first step for the right diagnosis of the disease. At Optimal Lab STD testing service special attention is taken when it comes to hygiene and safe testing procedures.

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HIV

HIV or commonly referred as AIDs is a chronic life-threatening condition which destroys your immune system. In other words, your immune system is compromised and the body loses its ability to fight against organisms that causes disease. HIV can be contracted through sexual contact with the infected person. It can also be transmitted through infected blood contact, from mother to child during pregnancy, or breast feeding.

Take a test for diagnosis:

There is no cure for HIV but medications can in slowing down the progression of disease. A simple Antibody screening test can detect if a person is infected. These tests check for protein that your body makes within 2 to 8 weeks of an HIV infection. They're also called immunoassay Antibody HIV Test. With Optimal Lab STD testing clinics in Houston facilitates you with the testing procedures taking strict precautions of hygiene and clean testing equipment.

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