Is it mandatory to provide any personal information to take the test?

No. The information is only collected if there is no refusal or opposition from the user and serves to monitor the activity. The user should be asked to complete a confidential and anonymous questionnaire. The refusal does not prevent or condition the remaining service procedures.

When it comes to preventing and testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), people often make false assumptions about how to stop the spread of STDs, how to get tested for STDs, and who should get tested. But the truth is that preventing, testing, and treating STDs are very simple.

STDs are a group of diseases that are transmitted from one person to another through sexual contact. They are caused by more than 30 causative agents of diverse nature such as bacteria, viruses, and pathogenic parasites. 8 pathogens are transmitted through sexual contact and are associated with the highest incidence of STDs. To diagnose STD, your gynecologist may request various tests or analyzes.

Important Prevention Points:

STDs impact young people the most. Half of all STDs are in people under the age of 25, although they represent only a quarter of people who have sex. The only sure way to avoid STDs is not to have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are sexually active, you can reduce your risk of getting an STD by using a condom.

What are the rapid test procedures?

For the fulfillment of the technical requirements inherent to the performance of the rapid tests:

The activity must be integrated into the Quality Management System of the entity providing the service for registration purposes, the user as well as the tests carried out, even if anonymized, must be numbered to allow their traceability, harvesting and testing must be carried out according to specific procedures after reading and validating the results obtained in the tests, these must be registered and transmitted in a bulletin to the user evaluation of technical performance must be ensured by participation in External Quality Assessment Programs. The home STD test happens to be the best solution here.

Health professional’s signature

There is a good number of a ballot or professional card of the health professional who performed the test and validated the result.

The user should be informed of the importance of keeping this bulletin in his possession, not only for the referral process but also as proof of the test.

The test result was non-reactive and now?

Having a non-reactive result means that no anti-HIV1 and anti-HIV2 antibodies and/or the p24 antigen were found. That is, it is probably not infected. However, if you have had recent risky behavior and the test has been carried out within the immune window period, it may be necessary to repeat the test after a few weeks. You will also be advised by the professional on ways to prevent transmission of infections by HIV, HBV, and HCV.

The test result was reactive and now?

Having a reactive result means that anti-HIV1 and anti-HIV2 antibodies or the p24 antigen have been found. This result may mean that you are infected.

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