STI stands for “Sexually Transmitted Infection” and STD stands for “Sexually Transmitted Disease”. These two terms sound similar and the difference between them can be confusing. One of the reasons for this is that up to a certain point these two terms were synonymous and were used interchangeably. But now there is a technical difference between these terms which has been acknowledged by the medical community and can no longer be used synonymously.
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Hepatitis C Testing
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-carried infection in the U.S. The CDC estimates 2.7 million people are living with this chronic (over 6 months) infection. It is most often transferred through the shared use of drugs - especially needles and paraphernalia. The risk goes up if people have used cocaine or other non-IV drugs during sex. People with HIV, and those who engage in group sex, are also at risk.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
Out of hepatitis A, B, and C, hepatitis C is the most lethal. Many with the HCV virus, especially those who recently contracted it, don’t show any symptoms. If they do, the disease can easily be mistaken as something mild or less severe. Someone may start out with symptoms common to several other illnesses like fever, fatigue, and decreased appetite.
As symptoms grow and become more severe, you could experience:
- Yellowing eyes and skin
- Abdominal pain, nausea and/or vomiting
- Joint and muscle pain
- Abnormal urine
- Abnormal bowel habits
Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for hepatitis C or any other STD.
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While all health-related matters deserve the utmost privacy and confidentiality, some types of blood tests and lab work need even more. When it comes to STI or STD testing, you do not want to have any small chance of anyone you know finding out about your risks or diagnoses. Of course, if you go to your doctor’s office or even a public clinic, the HIPAA rules require everyone involved to keep your information private and secure. However, you may still have some doubts troubling your mind.
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Who Should Get Tested For Hepatitis C?
To screen for hepatitis C, we use a blood test.
The CDC recommends the following screening guidelines for hepatitis C:
- Women (including pregnant women): Women born between 1945-1965; other women if risk factors are present
- Men: Men born between 1945-1965; other men if risk factors are present
- Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM): MSM born between 1945-1965; annual HCV testing in MSM with HIV infection, other MSM if risk factors are present
- Persons with HIV: Serologic testing at initial evaluation, annual HCV testing
Be prepared for your lab test!
- Make sure you have been Fasting for at least 10-12 hours for many blood tests
- Make sure you are Hydrated for blood draw
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your lab test upfront (We don't process insurance claims but can provide you with information to submit your own insurance claim)
- If you are having specialized testing, call ahead to help us determine if there are special collection preparations.
- If you are interested in one of our health panels, please feel free to look at our web listing to help identify which one you want performed.
- Please try to arrive 30 minutes prior to business closing to allow us time to process your samples for shipment.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.