How To Get Anonymous STD Testing - A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide

How To Get Anonymous STD Testing - A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide

STDs pose a significant health risk and can even result in threatening your life. Taking steps to protect yourself from contacting an STD is an important part of protecting your health.

However, no form of protection is 100% foolproof when it comes to STDs, so periodic testing to make sure that you have not contacted an STD is advisable for those who engage with multiple sexual partners, and is a must, should you develop symptoms that may suggest that you have contacted an STD.

Unfortunately, with the exception of HIV testing, there is no such thing as an anonymous STD test if you live in the United States.

The Difference Between Private and Anonymous STD Testing

There are many testing centers that advertise Private STD testing. The truth is all STD testing in private, meaning that the laboratory does not give out your personal information to other people unless or allowed or required to by law. In the United States, this means that the results positive or negative become part of your medical record and if possible the laboratory is required by law to notify of the health department of your positive status.

The lab does not need your permission to notify the health department that you have an STD, nor do they even need to inform you that they are sharing this information. This can result in the health department visiting your home unannounced to get the names and addresses of all your sexual partners leaving your privacy in shreds.

In most cases, the health department will then contact anyone you have had sexual relations with so they can be tested, they sometimes give your name to these people further intruding on your privacy and sharing this sensitive information. They do this to protect the public from the spread of STDs, which while good for public, is not necessarily good for you.

Keep in mind that the people who work for the health department main goal is stop the spread of a contagious and communicable disease and are less concerned with desecration and protecting your privacy or anonymity.

All to often this lack of anonymity results in people being reluctant to be tested, leading to their jeopardizing their health and putting others at risk for contacting the STD.

However, there is a way for you to get anonymous STD testing, if you are willing to put in a little bit of effort and engage in a little deception. If you or someone you know thinks they may have an STD, but are reluctant to be tested due to the lack of anonymity, then there is something you can do to protect your anonymity.

How to Get an Anonymous STD Test

You can get an anonymous STD test simply by using your computer and creating a new identity for yourself to be used for testing purposes. Here are the steps you need to take.

1. Use private browsing sessions to get the Information you need

Your computer is normally set so that others can see the sites that you browse, however every browser offers you the option of selecting a private browsing session. Make sure that you select either private browsing or incognito before starting to set up your new identity to get a anonymous STD test. Once you changed over to a private browsing session then you will need to do the following things. If you want to be extra careful, you may want to choose to use a computer other than your home computer.

2. Create a new name and birthday date to use

The first thing you need to do is to select a new name and birthday to use when signing up for the STD tests. You need to pick a name that is realistic sounding, (not the name of an actor or one that sounds false) and a birth date that you will easily be able to remember.

3. Get a new email account

You will also need to sign up for a new email account using your new name and birth date. It is best to choose a different email provider than you normally use. For example, if your email provider is AOL you may want to choose to Yahoo or Gmail for this new account. This way there is no way that the new email account can be linked to your regular email provider.

4. Get a temporary phone number

In order for a lab to call with your STD results and to sign up for an email account you need to have a phone number. You current phone number can be traced back to you, so you are going to want to get a disposable Mobile phone number to use until after you get your test results back. There are apps such as Hushed, which gives you a disposable number that is good for 5 days. (You do need an email in order to get the temporary number, but the email is not checked so you can use the email you are creating to get the temporary Mobile number and then use the Mobile number to finish filling out the email form.)

5. Search for STD labs near you

Once you have your new identity, email and phone set up then you are going to want to find a STD lab near you where you will be tested. (You can also decide to do a home test, but these home tests only test for 4 major STDs, where labs can check for up 10)

6. Decide what STDs you want to be tested for

Once you found a lab near you, then you must decide which STDs you want to be tested for. You can choose to be tested for a single STD or for the entire panel if you want to be assured you are clear of all STDs.

7. Calculate the Cost

Once you have decide on which STDs you want tested for then you need to calculate how much these tests will cost. Don't order the tests yet, just find out the cost and then close your browsing session.

8. Get a gift card to cover your test costs

Once you have calculated the cost of the tests, you will need to have some way for paying for the tests. You can't use your credit card, as that gives your real name, so you will either need to get a gift card, which is anonymous or pay cash for your tests. A gift card is best, because you can order the lab tests online and use the gift card to pay for the tests in advance.

9. Ordering the tests and getting tested

When you order the tests online, there will be a form sent to your email account, which you will need to fill out using your new identity. When you go in to take the test the laboratory will either call you by your assumed name or by a case number. Leave all information concerning your true identity in your car when entering the lab. The laboratory that will be taking the sample for you STD tests does a variety of different testing for a number of different things. Labs normally don't ask you why you are there, but if they do merely tell them you are there for a diagnostic test. Give the lab your sample and leave. Get rid of your copy of the test form as soon as possible.

You should get the results of your test through your email in the next few days.

Negative Test Results

Should your test results be negative and you don't have symptoms that caused you to want to be tested, then you can breathe easily and go on with your life. If you were having some type of symptoms that lead you to have the STD test, then you may want to seek the advice of your regular doctor (under your real name) since there may be other medical issues that need attention to maintain your health.

Positive Test Results

Should the test results be positive ask to speak to doctor on staff to ensure that you understand the test results and discuss the options for your treatment. Many types of STDs require treatment using antibiotics. If antibiotics are required the doctor will either write you a prescription or call one in for you. If they call in the prescription they will be using your new name, and you will want them to call in the prescription to a pharmacy that doesn't know you.

You won't be able to use your credit or debit card when paying for the prescription, so having enough cash to pay for the prescription is the best bet.

Removing All Traces of the Test

Once you have your tests results and have taken steps to get the treatment you need, you will want to remove all traces that you took the test in order to ensure that your test remains anonymous. You should have all ready shredded the gift card you use to pay for the test and thrown out the form from the test at the lab.

Now you need to go onto your computer and delete and remove the email account that you used to fill out the test form. Don't print out any results from your test or keep any copies that may be found.

Your Responsibility to Notify Your Sexual Partners

Keep in mind that while anonymous STD testing assures that you keep your private medical conditions private it is your responsibility to notify your sexual partners should the tests your took result in a positive test result for any type of STD.

There are several reasons why you should notify your sexual partners of your positive results including:

  • Not everyone with STD shows symptoms immediately and your partner could have an STD without knowing it putting them and their other sexual partners at risk.
  • You don't want to be responsible for the health or possible death of another person because you failed to notify them that they were at risk.
  • Notifying your sexual partners is the only way to stop the further spread of the STD and perhaps even prevent an epidemic in the area in which you live.

You also need to keep in mind that should your sexual partners decide to be tested and they have positive results they may then name you as one of their partners and the health department will notify you that you should be tested. However, having been treated by antibiotics immediately after your anonymous testing the results are normally going to come back negative, so there is no way that the STD will be traced back to you.

If you are normal sexually active person it is important to protect both your health and your anonymity at the same time and by making a little effort and following a few simple steps you can rest assured that you can maintain good sexual health and your complete privacy by getting the tests and the treatment you want and need.

So why hesitate, why not decide to get that anonymous STD testing done immediately and protect yourself and your future as well as sexual partners by ensuring that you are tested and treated for an STD immediately. Your sexual health is your responsibility; so don't put your health at risk by fear that your results will not remain anonymous.

Mark Riegel, MD

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