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​​​​What can I test for?

Recommended tests will include blood, urine, and sometimes swab samples.

GetCheckedOnline does not test for all sexually transmitted infections. If you are not recommended the test that you want, or if you want a test that ​GetCheckedOnline does not provide, you will need to visit a health provider in person to request the test.

Chlamydia

  • Chlamydia is a common STI that can be cured with antibiotics. It can occur in the genitals, anus, throat, and eye. The bacteria can also be found in body fluids such as semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluids and anal fluids.
  • SymptomsIf you have chlamydia, it is common to not notice any symptoms.  Symptoms may include: discomfort when urinating, painful sex, or unusual discharge.
  • TestYou will be asked for a urine sample (pee in a cup) to test for chlamydia. Depending on the types of sex that you’re having, you may also be offered a swab of the throat or rectum.
  • How long until a test will show if I have it?You can test 2 weeks after sexual contact. It may take up to 6 weeks to get an accurate result. 

Learn more about chlamydia.

Gonorrhea

  • Gonorrhea is a common STI that can be cured with antibiotics.  It can occur in the genitals, anus, and eye. The bacteria can also be found in body fluids such as semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluids, and anal fluids.
  • Symptoms: If you have gonorrhea, it is common to not notice any symptoms. Symptoms may include: discomfort when urinating and unusual discharge.
  • Test: You will be asked for a urine sample (pee in a cup) to test for gonorrhea. Depending on the types of sex that you’re having you may also be offered a swab of the throat and/or rectum.​
  • How long until a test will show if I have it? You can test 2 - 7 days after sexual contact. Most results are accurate after 7 days. 

Learn more about gonorrhea.

Syphilis

  • Syphilis is a common STI that can be cured with antibiotics.  It is usually passed through skin-to-skin contact with a syphilis sore that is not usually visible to the eye. Syphilis is also passed by exchange of body fluids during sexual contact.​
  • Symptoms: Syphilis occurs in stages, and each stage has different symptoms. If you have syphilis, it’s common to not notice any symptoms.  It is known as the great imitator since it appears to be like many other infections or conditions, and is difficult to diagnose.
  • Test: A blood sample is taken to test for syphilis.
  • How long until a test will show if I have it? You can test 3 to 4 weeks after sexual contact. It may take up to 3 months to get an accurate result. 

Learn more about syphilis.

HIV

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that targets the body’s immune system. It is passed through blood and body fluids such as semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluids, anal fluids, and breast/chest milk. HIV can be managed with antiviral medications.
  • Symptoms: It is common to not notice any symptoms or to mistake HIV symptoms for a different illness.  Common early symptoms of HIV infection are called seroconversion illness. These symptoms include: fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and joint pain, and swollen glands.
  • Test: A blood sample is taken to test for HIV.
  • How long until a test will show if I have it? You can test 3 weeks after sexual contact. It may take up to 3 months to get an accurate result. 

Learn more about HIV.

Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver. The virus is found in the blood and is passed through blood-to-blood contact.
  • Symptoms: If you have hepatitis C, it is common to not notice any symptoms. The most common symptoms include: fever, feeling tired, muscle pain, loss of appetite and nausea, stomach pain, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
  • Test: A blood sample is taken to test for Hepatitis C. When someone tests positive for hepatitis C for the first time, the lab will also run a test for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B immune status.​
  • How long until a test will show if I have it? You can test 5 to 10 weeks after blood or sexual contact.  It may take up to 10 weeks to get an accurate result. If you think that you have come in contact with hepatitis C, then it is usually recommended to test and then repeat it 3 months later.

Learn more about hepatitis C.​​​


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