STD Testing Questionnaire
Checks whether you should go for a STD exam based on your symptoms and recent sexual behaviour.
In the text below the tool you can find more information on the scale, and on most common sexually transmitted diseases and their diagnosis tests.
The STD testing questionnaire proposes a quick method to determine whether the subject should undergo formal testing.
It is based on answers that have to do with risky sexual behaviour and the presence of the most common STI symptoms.
The most common STI risk factors include unprotected sexual intercourse, multiple partners and history of STDs.
STD testing works as both a diagnosis and prevention method. It is important to note that some sexual diseases don’t exhibit symptoms, especially during their initial phases, therefore regular testing for their detection is recommended.
Types of testing methods (often non-invasive) include exam of sore fluid, physical exam, discharge test or urine test.
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Sexual testing questionnaire
This STD test focuses on most common behavioural risks and signs of infection to establish whether the subject should undergo formal testing or not.
There are 10 items in the questionnaire and this is what they focus on:
■ Unprotected sexual acts in the previous 6 months or in between being tested;
■ STD testing behaviour;
■ Perception over STI symptoms;
■ Knowledge of STD transmission means;
■ Experience of unusual itching or swallowing of the genital area;
■ Experience of soreness or discharge from genital organs;
■ Experience of a burning or itching sensation while urinating;
■ Experience of ulcers that ooze or bleed and any soaring;
■ Strong genital odour;
■ Experience of enlarged lymph nodes;
Depending on the amount and gravity of the symptoms the user experiences, the result will recommend or not further medical testing.
Sexually transmitted infections risk
It is important that sexually active people get tested at regular periods, especially if they practice unprotected intercourse. Common risk factors include:
■ Unprotected sexual intercourse;
■ Contact with multiple partners;
■ Alcohol or drug abuse;
■ History of STDs.
Sexual testing is both a prevention method and a quick mean to get treatment in time and reduce risk of complications in case a sexual disease is contracted.
The most common symptoms of an infection of this kind include:
■ Sores on the genital area;
■ Different discharges;
■ Burning sensation during urination.
Please note that in some cases, STDs don’t exhibit any symptoms and may be hard to detect, especially in the initial phases, this contributing to a larger rate of spreading because of people not being aware that they have contracted the disease.
Most of the STI diagnosis tests are non invasive, therefore don’t produce any discomfort, they are often specific to certain disease, thus multiple tests may be applied.
When going in for a STD test, the consultation begins with a discussion with the medical professional about past and current sexual practices and an evaluation of the perception of certain symptoms.
When the infection is in an advanced, symptom displaying stage, diagnosis may be put straight away, based on symptomatology. Some tests results are more rapid, while others require days or even weeks to be processed.
Most frequently encountered STDs
|Herpes||Blood test/ Exam of sore fluid|
|Chlamydia||Physical exam/ Discharge test/ Urine test|
|Genital Warts||Physical exam|
|Gonorrhea||Cell exam test/ Discharge test/ Urine test|
|Hepatitis B||Blood test|
|HIV||Blood test/ Oral swab test|
|Syphilis||Blood test/ Exam of sore fluid|
|Pubic Lice||Physical exam|
|High Risk HPV||Pap smear|
|Pelvic Inflammatory||Pelvic exam/ Blood test/ Discharge test|
|Bacterial Vaginosis||Pelvic exam/ Vaginal discharge test|
|Scabies||Physical exam/Cell biopsy|
|Trichomoniasis||Discharge test from vagina/ urethra|
1. Gross G, Tyring SK. Sexually transmitted infections and sexually transmitted diseases. 2011; Heidelbergh: Springer Verlag.
2. Cunningham, S. D. et al. Relationships Between Perceived STD-Related Stigma, STD-Related Shame and STD Screening Among a Household Sample of Adolescents. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2009; 41(4): 225–230.
3. St. Lawrence, J. S. et al. STD Screening, Testing, Case Reporting, and Clinical and Partner Notification Practices: A National Survey of US Physicians. Am J Public Health. 2002; 92(11): 1784–1788.
No. Of Items: 10
Published On: March 15, 2017 · 08:11 AM
Last Checked: March 15, 2017
Next Review: March 9, 2023