Do I Need to Give Blood, Urine or Both?


It's obvious that you will have questions about having an STD test. Likely, you are already nervous because you are concerned that you may have a sexually transmitted disease. Whether you are getting tested as a general precaution or you have reason to believe that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, you likely have some questions, concerns and fears. Don't worry. We will handle the process discreetly and professionally so that you can quickly get answers without having to wait weeks to find out what may be going on with your body.

One common question that many people have is what type of fluid sample they will need to provide for sexually transmitted disease testing.

Blood Testing

The vast majority of STD tests will simply require bloodwork. Whether you have an individual test or a panel, a phlebotomist will draw blood for checking. You can expect this if you are being tested for any of the following:

  • Hepatitis A, B, C
  • Oral or Genital Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • HIV (Antibody or Early Detection)

All of these can be detected with bloodwork.

Urine Test

There are two types of STDs that will require a urine test for detection. These include chlamydia and gonorrhea. If you have ordered one of these individual tests or they are a part of the multi-test panel that you have ordered, then you will need to provide a urine specimen.

To make this easier, make sure you do not urinate within an hour of your set time to go to the testing center. This way, you can be sure you will be able to provide enough of a urine specimen for the testing process.

So, if you are getting an individual test with the exception of chlamydia or gonorrhea, then you will only need a blood test. If you are being tested for one of those two individually, then you will only need to provide urine. If you are having a panel of tests, you are going to need to do both: have blood drawn and provide a urine sample. Either way, your visit to the testing center will only take a matter of minutes. Very rarely will you experience a wait time so you can be in and out quickly and return about your day as normal.

By knowing what to expect, you will have less apprehension about your STD testing. Remember that you will only have to wait a couple of days, and then you can have your results for peace of mind or to get properly treated. This is all it takes.