Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea usually requires only a urine sample or a self-taken swab for a woman.
Testing for HIV and syphilis needs a blood sample.
Tests for herpes aren’t usually done unless you have sores on your genitals or anus.
In this case, a swab will be taken from a sore.
Can you check for STDs at home?
You can check for STDs at home with the Everlywell STD test kit. This test screens for 7 common sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. It requires a simple urine sample collection and an easy finger-prick blood spot collection.
Where can I get tested for STDs for free?
You can get tested for STDs at your local Planned Parenthood health center, a doctor’s office, and health clinics. You may be able to get free STD testing.
How do you test for STDs?
How Do Doctors Test for STDs?
- a blood sample (from either a blood draw or a finger prick)
- a urine sample.
- a swab of the inside of the mouth.
- a swab from the genitals, such as the urethra in guys or the cervix in girls.
- a swab of any discharge or sores.
What are the signs of STD in a woman?
Common STD symptoms in women:
- No symptoms.
- Discharge (thick or thin, milky white, yellow, or green leakage from the vagina)
- Vaginal itching.
- Vaginal blisters or blisters in the genital area (the region covered by underwear)
- Vaginal rash or rash in the genital area.
- Painful or burning urination.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.