80% of sexually transmitted diseases are asymptomatic (do not display any symptoms), however, if symptoms do occur, they are likely to present themselves within two weeks of disease.
Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases may include:
Pain during sexual intercourse
Rash on the genitals and/or anus
Itching or irritation on the genitals and/or anus
Unusual lumps or bumps around the genitals and/or anus
Change in color of the male or female discharge
Abnormal discharge in terms of smell, consistency or volume
Strong vaginal odor
STDs can take a period of time to become detectable. This is called the window period. You should wait at least 4 weeks from the time of potential exposure to disease before taking this test.
You should also consider getting tested if:
You become sexually active
You have had unprotected sex
You are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease
You are entering into a new sexual relationship
You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected
The sample must be collected from the initial stream of urine in the morning and returned on the same day. Do not cleanse the genital area or urinate at least 1 hour prior to collection.
The sample must be collected in the morning, on a Monday - Friday, and returned on the same day.
If you are concerned about possible exposure to an STD you should refrain from sexual activity until you receive a test result. For some diseases, retesting after treatment may be required.