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  • How does online STD testing work?
  • When should I get tested?
  • Why use an online testing service?
  • How do I know if I have an STD?
  • Why should I get tested?
  • Which STD tests do doctors recommend?
  • How do doctors work with patients?
  • What happens if I test positive?
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Your STD questions answered

When it comes to STD testing, we know you have questions. We also know you might not want to ask your regular doctor about getting tested. That’s okay! We’re here to help. We’ve collected some of the most common questions we get asked so you can get the answers you need. We care about your health, your privacy and your peace of mind.

Have a question not listed here? Call a Care Advisor at (866) 660-2593(866) 660-2593 from 6am-10pm CT, 7 days a week.

General questions
Why should I get tested for an STD?

Three reasons: health, safety and peace of mind. According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 19 million people will become infected with an STD this year. Many of these people won’t even know it unless they experience symptoms. If you have an STD, getting tested can get you quickly connected to treatment and ongoing care, when appropriate. You’ll be taking an important step to protect your sexual health and the health of your partners, too.

Can I get the same STD more than once?

Yes. For example, you can be re–infected with chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis if you have unprotected sex with a partner who has the infection. If you are infected with an STD such as HIV or herpes, typically you will carry the virus for life. However, viral STDs can be managed successfully with ongoing treatment and care.

What makes STD Test Express different?

STD Test Express is the best of both worlds: we bring together the medical expertise of Analyte Physicians Group with the privacy, speed and affordability of an online health clinic. We’ve helped more than 120,000 people get tested and connected 16,000 of those patients to treatment, either through our doctors or through referral to a local doctor when appropriate. Read what our patients say

Do I need a doctor’s order for STD tests?

Yes — and we do this for you! We work in conjunction with Analyte Physicians Group. Our doctors issue the testing order for you – you simply print out the order and take it to the lab. (We work with more than 4,000 labs, so there’s sure to be one near you.)

Is a physical exam required for STD tests?

No. Our tests only require a blood and/or urine sample. You won’t need to undress or deal with any uncomfortable swabbing.

Do I need to fast before taking an STD test?

No. There’s no fasting or special preparation for any of our tests. Just print out your test order and bring it to the lab with you.

What is “APG Services”?

“APG Services” stands for Analyte Physicians Group, the medical practice that designed and operates STD Test Express. This is the name you will see on any emails we send you. This is also the name that will appear on your credit card statement. We do this to help protect your privacy.

What is your cancellation policy?

We offer our patients a full refund within 21 days of placing your order, as long as you have not visited the lab. To cancel an order, please call a Care Advisor at (866) 660-2593(866) 660-2593 between 6am-10pm CT, 7 days a week.

Where can I go to get tested?

We work exclusively with LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, two of the nation’s most trusted diagnostic laboratories. They have more than 4,000 locations to serve you quickly, privately and conveniently, with no appointment necessary.

How private is your service?

Privacy is one of our core values and we take it very seriously.

Our communications with you are always discreet. When you receive an email from us, the sender will appear as “APG Services” (which stands for Analyte Physicians Group, the medical practice that designed and operates STD Test Express). This is also the name that will appear on your credit card statement.

We also work with labs that test for a variety of diseases and conditions. That means when you walk into the lab, no one in the waiting room will know why you are there.

Please review our full Privacy Policy and Notice of Privacy Practices for more details on how we protect your privacy through every step of our STD testing services.

Questions about results
When will I get my results?

Your STD test results are available in three business days or less. Some tests, including the HIV Early Detection test, can take up to five days to process. When your results are ready, you will receive an email from “APG Services ” with directions on signing into your secure account.

If you have tested positive for any STD, a doctor or a member from our clinical team will be available to speak with you by phone within 24 hours. If medically appropriate and allowed by state regulations, the doctor may prescribe medication that can be picked up at your local pharmacy. Depending on your results, the doctor may also refer you for local care. This phone consultation is included in our testing service, at no extra charge.

What do test results look like?

We have designed our test results to be easy to read. However, if you have questions about your results, please call a Care Advisor at (866) 660-2593(866) 660-2593 between 6am-10pm CT, 7 days a week. They can answer general questions about your results and put you in touch with one of our doctors, when appropriate.

Can I get my test results on my mobile phone?

Yes. Log into your secure account just like you would on a computer, and click the “View Results” link to see your test results.

How quickly can I speak with a doctor or a member of the clinical team?

If your results are positive for any STD, a doctor or a member from our clinical team will be available to speak with you by phone within 24 hours. Call a Care Advisor at (866) 660-2593(866) 660-2593 between 6am-10pm CT, 7 days a week to schedule an appointment.

What if my results come back positive?

Our team of doctors, clinical team members and Care Advisors are here for you. One of our doctors and clinical team members will be available to explain your results over the phone. They will answer any questions you have and, if medically appropriate, recommend a course of treatment or refer you to a local specialist for care.

Payment questions
Is STD Test Express cheaper than a visit to my doctor?

Yes. If you use insurance, you may pay as little as $40.00 out–of–pocket, depending on your plan. Even if you pay cash, you will pay less for your tests through STD Test Express. (The average primary care visit can cost around $150... and that’s before your doctor orders any tests. Lab tests at urgent care or primary care offices are approximately $300 to $400.)

Do you take insurance?

Yes. We accept the following plans:

  • Aetna - Open Access (POS) / POS / PPO
  • Anthem - POS / PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - POS / PPO
  • CareFirst - POS / PPO
  • Highmark - POS / PPO
  • Humana - POS / PPO
  • Premera - POS / PPO
  • The Regence Group - POS / PPO
  • Wellmark - POS / PPO

Can I pay for testing with My Health Savings or Flex Spending Account (HSA or FSA)?

Yes. We accept payment through Health Savings (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). Lab tests, including STD screenings, are approved under these accounts. For your privacy, all transactions will appear as “APG Services” on your statement.

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