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STI Testing

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are very common, and are passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact, or through sexual activity including vaginal, oral, and anal sex.

Why is it important to get tested?

STIs don’t always cause symptoms so it’s possible to have an infection and not know it until you get tested.

STIs are preventable and some can be treated with medication.

Common STIs

Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
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Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that may not cause symptoms, but bacteria can be found in the vagina, cervix, urethra, rectum, and throat. Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that affects the genitals, rectum, throat, and eyes and can spread to the pelvis, skin, joints, liver, and rarely, the heart and brain.

Herpes Simplex Type II
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An infection that typically results in blisters around the mouth, genitals, or rectum.

Hepatitis B
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A viral infection that attacks the liver, is spread through bodily fluids, and can be prevented by vaccination.

Hepatitis C
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A viral infection that causes liver inflammation and is spread through contaminated blood.

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HIV weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. No cure exists, but it can be controlled with proper treatment.

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A common non viral STI caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite. Symptoms vary but most people cannot tell they are infected.

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A bacterial infection that starts as a painless sore, typically on the genital, rectum, or mouth.

Not sure what to get tested for? Let your Alpha provider help you decide.

Get tested

How it works

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Describe Your Symptoms

Answer questions about your health condition online.

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Connect with a Medical Provider

A medical provider will review your responses and send an appropriate treatment plan. Your care is evidence-based and personalized at every visit.

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Get Whole-person Care

Your care team will respond to any questions through our secure messaging platform and you can get medication at your preferred pharmacy.

Top Questions

What's the difference between STI and STD?
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STI, sexually transmitted infection, and STD, sexually transmitted disease, are terms often used interchangeably. STI is a more medically accurate term.

Who should get screened?
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All sexually active women younger than 25 years should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year.

Women over 25 with risk factors (such as new or multiple sex partners or a sex partner who has an STI) should also be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year.

All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B starting early in pregnancy. At-risk pregnant women should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea starting early in pregnancy.

Anyone age 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.

How often should I get tested?
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We recommend you get tested every 3-12 months, depending on factors such as the number of sexual partners you have.

What do my results mean?
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Positive result: If the lab detects one or more STIs, we’ll follow up with you to discuss all of your treatment options, which may include prescription treatment or further testing.

Negative result: If the lab does not detect any STIs, we’ll let you know and discuss when you should get tested again.

Can STIs be cured?
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Bacterial STIs (gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia) can be cured with antibiotics. While there is no known cure for viral STIs (HIV, HPV, herpes, and hepatitis), many of their symptoms can be alleviated with treatment. Additionally, there are vaccines available to help prevent both HPV and hepatitis.

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