Established since 2005, DTAP Singapore has conducted over 43,000 HIV & Rapid STD tests. DTAP’s STD Screening Centre can help you detect sexually transmitted diseases and infections accurately.
While seldom talked about in public, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are more common than we think. This is especially so among young people, or more accurately, anyone who is sexually active.
STIs refers to any infection that is passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse (this also includes oral and anal sex); sometimes through direct contact with the genitals.
What are STDs?
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)are bacteria, viruses and parasites that are transmitted from one person to another primarily during sexual intercourse. STDs can infect the penis, the vagina, the anus, the throat and even the eyes. Certain STDs can also cause symptoms in places other than the sexual organs.
For example, Syphilis can result in a rash that covers the whole body including the palms and the soles. In fact, more worryingly, many STDs can infect a person and stay completely invisible without causing any symptoms (also known as asymptomatic infections).
These cases are particularly challenging as patients do not even know that they have been infected, and therefore do not get tested and treated. They then not only potentially suffer serious long term complications caused by the infection, but they can also unknowingly pass the infection onto others.
Regular STD Screening
Regular screening for STDs is recommended for all sexually active adults regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. Aside from regular screening as part of a comprehensive health maintenance schedule, STD screening is also frequently done by people starting a new sexual relationship, getting married or entering into a long term monogamous relationship.
The requirements for STD screening depend on the patient’s sexual practices. A blood test is usually required. And, depending on the individual’s sexual practices, a urine sample, vaginal swab, throat swab or an anal swab may also be required.
STD Screening Process in Singapore
During the consultation, your doctor will access your STD risk and perform physical examinations before recommending you on the relevant STD screening package or STD test.
DTAP’s STD screening package allows you to add on other individual STD test(s). The STD screening packages are designed based on your sexual exposure risks and different sexual activities.
STDs / STIs can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, through sexual contact and through blood contact. Depending on conditions, your doctor may recommend a STD blood test, STD urine test or STD swab test. For STD swab tests, the test may be performed on the penis, vaginal, rectal area, throat area, or another infected areas.
Preparation for STD Screenings
URINE STD TEST – Please hold your urine for at least 2 hours prior to the urine STD test.
VAGINAL SWAB – Please avoid vaginal STD swab during menstruation.
ABNORMAL DISCHARGE – Please avoid cleaning off any abnormal discharge from the penis, vagina, throat, and/or anus. A swab sample will be collected.
TEST RESULTS – Results of STD test and STD screening will take 3 – 7 working days.
Results can be communicated via phone or email. Preserving patient confidentiality is of utmost priority. Therefore reports will NOT be snail mailed by post.
STD screening is essential in determining your STD status. Many STDs can be curedwith the correct antibiotics. Others can be managed with medication. Knowing your status also allows you to take steps to protect your partner while the infection is being treated. Leaving an infection untreated can lead to serious complications like infertility.
What may be a aggravating factor is trying to self treat with home remedies such as apple cider vinegar or over the counter antibiotics. Doctors often see patients who suffer serious complications like skin burns from home remedies. Taking antibiotics without proper medical advice can also lead to the bacteria becoming resistant to the medicines thereby requiring stronger and more toxic medicines to treat. In more rare but serious cases, the bacteria becomes completely resistant and effectively incurable.