What are STDs?

STD is the short form for sexually transmitted disease (STD), which is also known as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). STDs are diseases that are spread from person to person usually by sexual contact. There are many different kinds of STDs, but some of the most common ones include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis.

Some people don’t realize they have an STD until they get tested and learn they have one. Most people with an STD do not show any symptoms right away; however, if left untreated, some STDs can cause serious health problems such as infertility in men or women.

How are STDs transmitted?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are diseases passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal intercourse, anal sex, oral sex and genital skin‐to‐skin contact. STDs can be spread by oral, anal or vaginal sex with an infected partner.

STDs are spread through direct contact with bodily fluids including blood, semen and vaginal fluids. Therefore, some infections can be transmitted by using contaminated needles or other medical equipment.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

STD symptoms can vary, depending on the type of infection you have. They may include genital sores, vaginal discharge and unusual odor, pain during urination or sexual intercourse, and unusual discharge from the vagina in women. Symptoms of genital herpes can be different for each person.

Many people do not experience any symptoms at all, so they don’t know they have an STD. Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have an STD.

How are STDs treated?

There are several ways to treat STDs. Getting tested and using protection are important first steps to take if you think you may have an STD.

STD tests and treatment options vary depending on the illness. Some STDs can be treated with medications, although some may not go away completely. However, even if they do not go away completely, they can be controlled so you do not have to suffer with them.

For STDs that can be treated with antibiotics, a health care provider will prescribe them for you to take.

How can STDs be prevented?

People can avoid STDs by: 

  • using a condom every time they have sex, 
  • being in a mutually monogamous relationship, 
  • getting tested often and disclosing test results to potential partners, 
  • limiting the number of anonymous sexual partners one has, 
  • avoiding intravenous drug use.

The only way to know for sure if you have an STD or not is to get tested regularly. 

If you want to do it privately without having to visit a doctor in person to get your lab test prescription, order your STD blood test online.

One of the best options is using They offer simple, convenient & confidential STD tests. You can see all their STD tests here.

How do the Private MD Labs STD tests work?

Simply select the tests you want and place your order online anytime. You will immediately receive an email confirming your order. They will then generate a requisition (prescription) for you and send an email that will include your requisition.

Then just take your requisition to the lab to get your blood drawn. You can find the closest lab to your home or office here. Once the results become final (usually it takes 3-7 business days), they will be uploaded to your account. You will also receive an email and an SMS informing you that your results are available.

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