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Understanding Your Test Results

Understanding your test results is an important part in being in control of your intimate health.  Here is some further information from SelfCollect.

There is a certain latent period after exposure to STD/STIS but before the test results will be positive or before symptoms arise.  Consequently, there may be a need for repeat or multiple testing at periodic intervals ranging from monthly to annually when latent infections may be present but are asymptomatic.  Please consider repeat testing if you are concerned.

At times a person could be infected with an STD/STI and the test will be negative (false negative), or the person could be free of the condition (STD/STI) and the test wil be positive (false positive).  These events are rare but well established in laboratory testing.  The only remedy is repeat testing either with the same or another test method.

Also, it may be necessary for you to seek care from a qualified health care provider and/or to seek further information or counseling if needed.  There is extensive and ample information available for you to review about all STDs/STIs at the following websites:

To assist in finding a qualified healthcare provider for your specific HPV needs, here is some information to help guide you through the process.  

  • For women testing positive for HPV High Risk Virus or genital warts in the vagina, it is best to seek out care with a gynecologist to perform a routine Pap test.
  • For men testing positive for HPV High Risk Virus or genital warts on the penis, it is best to seek out a dermatologist or urologist that specializes in skin lesions of the genital area.
  • For those testing oral HPV positive, it is best to seek out an ENT (Otolaryngologist) that specializes in oral head and neck lesions.
  • For those testing positive for HPV High Risk Virus or Genital Warts in the anus, it is best to seek out a Colo-Rectal specialist that performs anal paps or High Resolution Anascopies (HRA's).

Here are also some helpful websites in finding a qualified healthcare provider in your area: