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How Do STD Urine Tests Work?

STD urine tests are noninvasive ways to detect bacterial infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. The tests determine whether the bacteria that cause these STDs are present in your urine.

Once in the office, your healthcare provider will ask you to pee in a sterile cup and return the sample. They either test the sample there at the facility or send it away to a lab for testing. It typically takes between five and seven days to get lab test results. If your test comes back positive, your health provider can prescribe you the appropriate treatment.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two common STDs that can be diagnosed using urine testing. If your urine contains bacteria for either infection, your medical provider can prescribe antibiotics to treat the condition. In recent years, gonorrhea has become resistant to certain types of antibiotics, so treatment now includes injected and oral antibiotics.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection that is the most common curable STD. Only about 30% of people who are infected, however, show symptoms. While a urine test can detect trichomoniasis, most medical providers perform a pelvic exam and a vaginal swab to diagnose this STD in women.

When Won’t Urine STD Tests Work?

Urine tests might not be effective if you’ve gotten the bacteria from oral or anal sex. Tell your healthcare provider if you’ve had oral or anal sex; he or she might take a swab of those areas to test for chlamydia or gonorrhea. Urine tests also can’t detect STDs such as syphilis or herpes.

At Nurx we offer comprehensive, at-home testing for common STDs, also referred to as STIs (sexually transmitted infections). We offer multiple different STI Home Test Kits for you to choose from based on your specific risk factors.

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