What is the Anal STD Panel?
This panel tests for the most common STDs associated with all sexual practices. While STDs can certainly be transmitted during anal sex, anatomical structure also makes it very common for infections to relocate from the genital region to the anal region.
Which tests are included in the Anal STD Panel?
Most sexually active adults will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives. There are no symptoms of High Risk HPV, which can lead to anal, oral and cervical cancer. Early detection of this virus is potentially lifesaving.
These two common STDs can lead to unpleasant symptoms if present in the anus. Testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is critical for anyone who has anal intercourse, even when intercourse is “protected.” Anal symptoms include rectal bleeding or discharge, rectal pain or itching and pain or discomfort during bowel movements.
Oral herpes (HSV-1) and genital herpes (HSV-2) are both very common. Many people don’t realize they have one or both types, transmitting the virus to their partner without realizing it. The blisters and sores caused by the virus often appear on or around the anus. This can lead to pain with or changes in bowel movements if the symptoms of the outbreak become severe.
Genital Wart Viruses (optional add-on):
Low Risk HPV types, HPV-6 and HPV-11, do not cause cancer but can lead to genital warts. Warts are persistent, unsightly and may cause pain or discomfort. However, they can be easily treated by a healthcare provider.
Why choose a full panel?
Many STDs have overlapping symptoms and risk factors, making it difficult to know which test to select. It’s also quite common for someone to have multiple STDs at the same time. If you’re unsure which infection you may have, a panel of anal STD tests can give you broader results more easily and cost effectively.
Obtaining the results of a full panel of tests will provide you with the peace of mind needed for your intimate health. You don’t know unless you test, and only you will know.