How long does it take to get STD test results back from the doctor?
It depends on a few factors. These factors can include the place you test at, the lab that processes your samples, the tests you take, and when you test yourself. Generally, though, it won’t take long for you to get your results back; many receive their results in just a few days.
What happens when you test positive for an STD?
You should receive instructions on what to do next when you get your diagnosis. Receiving no call back after an STD test usually means that you did not receive positive results. This is what many doctors mean when they say, “No news means good news.”
Positive results… now what?
So, just what happens when you test positive for an STD? Well, as with any medical issue, it is suggested that you consult with your General Practitioner for care, counseling, and treatment.
To gain an understanding of treatment guidelines you can reference the CDC STD treatment guideline at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6403.pdf.
The good news is that many common bacterial infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis can generally be treated with specific antibiotics.
Viral infections vary greatly in treatment based on the type virus and how severe it is. All should be monitored and followed by your General Practitioner.
STD Testing Facilities should not replace the advice or guidance of a licensed medical professional.