STD Test at FirstMed
Get peace of mind about your sexual health with FirstMed’s screening tests for various sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD Tests). The testing process is straightforward and discreet—you can have everything done in one visit.
Getting tested for STDs and STIs (furthermore referred to as: “STD Test”) is a great way to protect your health and the health of others.
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) occurs when bacteria, viruses, or parasites infect the body through sexual contact. Although diseases may result from an infection (STI), one can have one without developing its related disease. Some infections have obvious signs that can alert you of their presence, while others do not produce symptoms. That’s why it is vital to get screened regularly. Testing together with your partner can avoid the “ping-pong” effect.
If you think you’ve been exposed, it’s better to know than to worry. STDs can be scary, but you can overcome them with proper attention and care.
How to Get an STD Test at FirstMed Budapest?
Different STD test packages help you gain confidence in your sexual health:
STD Panel Quick Test from Blood
FirstMed’s STD Panel Quick Test checks for the following sexually transmitted diseases from a blood sample:
- • Syphilis
- • HIV
- • Hepatitis B (HBV / HBsAg (Hepatitis B virus surface antigen))
- • Hepatitis C (anti-HCV)
This rapid antibody blood test effectively screens for these STDs because it is highly sensitive and very fast.
The best is to have an antibody test the earliest 2-3 weeks after potential exposure when it can effectively detect HIV, and get tested again 2-3 weeks later, as the window period of syphilis, hepatitis B and C is 4-5 weeks after infection.
What’s the process of the STD Panel Quick Test?
- We will take a blood sample from you at a 15-minute visit.
- Our lab performs the evaluation.
- You may get the preliminary lab results electronically within 45 minutes.
In case the result is positive, a confirmatory evaluation is necessary, which usually takes up to 5 working days turnaround.
STD Panel PCR Test
The STD Panel PCR Test can reveal the following infections from relevant body fluid specimens:
- • Gonorrhea
- • Chlamydia
- • Genital herpes
- • HPV
- • Mycoplasma
- • Ureaplasma
We recommend getting a PCR test for these STDs 2 weeks after potential infection or earlier if you have any symptoms.
What’s the process of the STD Panel PCR Test?
STD Panel PCR Testing is conducted on relevant non-blood specimens: urine (preferred for men) or vaginal swabs (preferred for women), urethral swabs, endocervical swabs, or rectal and oropharyngeal swabs.
- We will take the sample on a short, 15-minute visit.
- Our lab will take care of the evaluation.
- You will receive your test results electronically within 8 working days of your visit.
In some cases, a culture may be necessary to determine which antibiotics the specific bacteria is sensitive to. This is not included in the package and would require an extra cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon should I get tested for STDs after a potential exposure?
If you have been potentially exposed to an STD/STI, you may think you need to be tested right away. But it can take time for the immune system to react to an infection. Some STDs/STIs do not show up immediately after infection.
This is known as the ‘window period’—if you get tested too soon, there may not be enough time for the test to detect the presence of the STD/STI, and this could lead to a false negative result.
Consider the certain incubation times or window periods when making an appointment for your STD test.
When can antibody blood tests detect STDs?
The below window periods show the average length of time for a disease to show up on a test:
• Syphilis: 4-6 weeks
• HIV: 2-3 weeks
• Hepatitis B (HBV / HBsAg (Hepatitis B virus surface antigen)): 2‑10 weeks
• Hepatitis C (anti-HCV): 8-12 weeks.
A rapid antibody blood test may detect HIV between 18 to 90 days after exposure. The best is to have an antibody test the earliest 2-3 weeks after potential exposure and again 2-3 weeks later, as the window period of syphilis, hepatitis B and C is 4-5 weeks after infection.
When can STD PCR tests detect an infection?
The average incubation periods for each infection are:
• Genital herpes: 4 days (may range between 2-12 weeks)
• Chlamydia and gonorrhea: 2 weeks
• Mycoplasma: 1-4 weeks
• Ureaplasma: 2-3 weeks
• HPV: 4-5 weeks (ranges from 1 to 20 months)
We recommend having a PCR test 2 weeks after potential infection or earlier if you have any symptoms.
There is always a chance of a false negative result, which may originate from a more extended incubation period or a possible sampling error. If your first STD test result is negative, we suggest getting tested again later, as the window period is different for each disease.
How to prepare for the STD test?
These guidelines will help you get an accurate result if you’re testing for a sexually transmitted disease or infection:
What is the STD Tests process at FirstMed?
FirstMed’s STD Test procedures are simple and quick. Our qualified staff takes a sample and processes it in the lab. After the specific waiting time, you will get the results electronically by email.
The process is limited to sample taking and it does not cover further consultation, like the specification of the proper test, the indication of an investigation, the establishment of a diagnosis, or the interpretation of the results.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our doctors who will be happy to advise you in a consultation.
Should I see a doctor before taking an STD test?
How accurate are the test results?
These testing methods are accurate and reliable, however, it may occur that you get a false negative result. This means you have the disease but your test results come back saying that you don’t.
A range of factors could affect the test accuracy, including the window period during which the body must produce enough antibodies to get an accurate test result.
If your test becomes negative, but you still experience symptoms, see a doctor – there may be another disease that causes the symptoms.
In rare cases, a false positive result may occur when a test comes back as though you have an STD, even though you actually don’t. It could be due to various reasons, including the presence of antibodies that were produced by another infection or vaccination.
In some circumstances, and to get complete certainty, it may be necessary to repeat the screening.
What shall I do if my STD Test result is positive?
If your test becomes positive, inform your partner(s) and consult a doctor!
Discuss the possible treatment and next steps. The specialist may suggest a control visit, prescribe medication, or refer you to further examinations.
Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some infections, such as HIV, have no cure, but they can be treated.
What are the most common STD or STI symptoms?
If you think that you may have an STD or STI, here are some common signs to look for.
Visit a doctor if you have any symptoms, as it might be necessary to get tested and start the treatment right away.
Learn more from our guide about the different STDs, their symptoms, when to get tested for STDs/STIs, and how to protect yourself from being infected. Being informed about them is the best way to protect yourself and others.
Why get tested at FirstMed?
FirstMed helps you navigate the sometimes difficult or embarrassing process of STD testing. With our range of options, we can guarantee a smooth examination procedure for all situations.
Request STD Testing
Fill in the form below, and our phone nurses will contact you. Make sure to purchase the STD Test online in advance through our webshop.
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