There are different kinds of sexually transmitted diseases or STDs. Too many, in fact; that it can become quite difficult to identify which symptom signifies which. Since these symptoms often do not show up during the early stages of any STD, it is important to get regular testing, especially if you are highly sexually active.
STD testing centers have basically the same testing procedures. You will need to undergo a series of blood tests, physical examination of your genitals, and urine analysis (urinalysis). In some cases, an STD test will also include taking samples of abnormal discharge, saliva, cells and tissue that will be used for microscopic analysis or inspection.
Most people who do not regularly go for STD testing have one reason in mind: the cost of the tests. This may be a valid reason, but it is one that should not be taken sitting down. There are tests that are more affordable than those offered by popular or high end testing centers. Basically, the amount of the STD test package depends on what types of test are to be done on you. In addition to this, if you are covered by insurance, you get to spend a lesser amount for every test. You may even be able to avail of the tests for free; of course, this depends on your insurance coverage.
If you are not insured, a regular STD test can cost you anywhere from fifty dollars to $200 dollars for every test or procedure. There are also private health institutions and testing centers that offer STD testing for a minimal fee of $50 to a maximum expense of $150 for every test. Comprehensive STD testing packages, which can cover around seven to ten different testing procedures, will cost you anywhere from over $250 to around $400.
For free and discounted STD testing, you can always head on to the health clinic that is nearest to you.
Almost all the STD test procedures are not included in regular physical check ups, so you should inform your doctor if you wish to be tested so that he can authorize the tests to be performed on you.