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When it comes to STDs and specifically, STD testing windows, you want to make sure you’re testing at the right time – lest you receive a false negative or positive, right?
If you have an STD, you want to know with certainty so you can treat it or start managing it; and if you don’t have one, you also want to know that without question!
So, here’s your go-to guide for the most commonly tested STDs – the ones the clinics often test for free or very low cost and the ones you can even order tests for right in the comfort of your own home…
After someone is exposed to a disease and becomes infected, there is generally a period of time before a test will show positive.
That period is known as the window period, and it is different from the incubation period, which, is the time that passes between being exposed to a disease and starting to experience symptoms.
STD testing windows vary by STD, so it’s important to make sure you’ve matched the window period with the specific STD(s) you are getting tested.
Lastly, it’s essential to remember, during incubation or window periods, an infected person can transmit the infection/disease to someone else.
So, get re-tested after 6 months of receiving a negative result to ensure a false-negative did not occur if your partner tested positive for an STD, you believe you received a false-negative, you are experiencing symptoms, or you were newly exposed.
Did this post help you determine when you’re going to get tested next?