There are different types of tests your healthcare provider might recommend to check for STDs. Most testing is very easy and painless. Some of these include:
- A urine test. You urinate (pee) into a cup and the urine is then tested for an STD.
- A blood test. A sample of blood will be drawn from your arm.
- A pelvic and physical exam. Your healthcare provider will look for signs of infection, such as warts, rashes or discharge.
- A fluid or tissue sample. Your healthcare provider will use a swab to take fluid or discharge from an infected place on your body and have it tested for an STD.
The female reproductive system may have extra needs to protect their reproductive health. Talk to your healthcare provider about regular cervical cancer screening and testing for STDs.