how long before test would show std?

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Registered: 04-14-2009
how long before test would show std?
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Wed, 04-15-2009 - 12:16am

Ok I'm kinda clueless.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 12:57am
DW was tested on a Wed and they said it would be the following week, but they called on Friday and said it was negative.
Thomas

Thomas

We have five kids. Our D-Day was in August, 2008.

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Registered: 03-22-2009
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 10:09am

HIV tests have come a long way since the disease first showed it's ugly head. Results can now be processed within a matter of minutes. Many years ago you would have to submit a blood sample and wait days. Now you can have your results on that same visit.


Other STD tests can take longer (up to a week) to process results. They will probably collect all the samples they need, give you the results for HIV test and call you or have you come in for the results of the other tests.


I wasn't 100% sure from your question but I wanted to throw this out there just in case this is what you were asking: If HIV is newly acquired it can sometimes take longer to show up on tests. Your doctor will probably ask that you come in again at a later date to check and be sure.


There are lots of organizations that will allow you to get anonymous testing and most of the time it is free (or only requires a small donation). If you go to Google and do a quick search of your area you can usually find them pretty easily.


Lastly, my thoughts are with you. When you go in for your tests there will be plenty of people willing to talk with you (even if the results are negative- sometimes people still need to have that shoulder to cry on).

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 12:43pm

Patty,
I am a nurse and happened to work OB/GYN for a few years. There are several methods and types of STD testing.

He should go to his physician and just ask for a complete panel. A condom is protective of many kinds of STD's but not perfect. I know of several patients who used condoms and still got HSV because their partner had lesions in the groin area, not covered by a condom.

At any rate, most blood tests will come back in a couple of days. I would suggest you see your GYN and have your own testing done, that way they can answer all/any questions you may have.

Don't panic, it is good news that condoms were used. Just be sure to take care of YOU!
-Beach

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Registered: 04-14-2009
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 12:19am
Guess I didnt word that quite right.
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Registered: 03-23-2009
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 12:37am

Patty,


I could have sworn I posted to this.

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Registered: 03-22-2009
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 10:03am

Patty,


I'm going to answer your question in a general sense. The results of a test and window period will be different for each person. It all depends on your body, health, etc. Please keep that in mind, these figures are averages and they can vary from person to person.


Symptoms may not show up for days or even months. However, tests can rule out exposure to them before symptoms show up. Here is a list of major STDs and the average amount of time before they will show up on a test:


Chlamydia: two weeks to two months


Gonorrhea: about a week


Herpes: about a month


Syphilis: a week to three months


Just as you said, HIV is a different ball game. Depending on what kind of test your doctor does it can take anywhere from one to eight weeks for the antibodies to be detectable. In most people it is detectable within about three weeks. (Again, it depends on the person.)


It's a good idea to get tested now and then go back in a month or two and get tested again. Your doctor will give you a more specific time frame. There are types of tests that are used at some clinics that can detect HIV earlier; however, many don't use