STI Testing Accuracy: How Accurate Are STI Tests?

If you are sexually active, there is a chance you could contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI). STI tests are usually quite accurate and rarely give a false negative. 

False STI test results may occur from home tests where users do not correctly administer the test. For the most accurate results, get STI testing by a local medical provider today to be sure of where your sexual health stands. 

Dove Medical provides free, accurate STI testing. Contact us to learn more. 

What Are STIs?

STIs are disease causing infections. You can contract STIs through sexual contact. The bacteria, viruses, or parasites that cause sexually transmitted diseases can pass from person to person in blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids.

STIs may not come with apparent signs and symptoms, so getting tested is essential if you are sexually active. 

Why STI Testing Matters

Letting an STI go untreated can harm your health, and that is why STI testing is so essential. According to the Mayo Clinic, complications of STIs can include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Eye inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Infertility
  • Heart disease
  • Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers and oral cancers

Do you still have some questions? We know getting tested can be scary, but you are not alone. Get tested today to receive clarity about STIs.  

Get Tested Today

We’re here to help answer your questions and offer free and confidential STI testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. We also test for human papillomavirus (HPV) through a PAP smear. Our Family Nurse Practitioner can discuss follow-up care for a positive HPV result. 

All patients receiving STI testing will also be tested for pregnancy. Request an appointment  today to discuss your pregnancy and STI concerns.

This post is for education and information purposes only and does not substitute the advice of a Healthcare Professional.

Dove Medical offers pregnancy diagnosis, decision coaching, and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services including the abortion pill.