What is the Oral STD Panel?
This panel tests for several of the most common Oral STDs associated with all sexual practices. Many of these are the same infections healthcare providers routinely test for.
Which tests are included in this panel?
Most sexually active adults will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives. Oral infection with high risk HPV is associated with pre-cancerous changes or cancer in the back of the throat, in an area known as the oropharynx (base of the tongue, nasopharynx and tonsils). Early detection of this virus is potentially lifesaving.
These are two of the most common STDs and lead to symptoms similar to strep throat when transmitted to the oral cavity. There are strong indicators that engagement in oral sex is the major source of transmission of oral chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. Symptoms are similar to strep throat (sore throat, swelling of the tonsils and fever), but infections in the oropharynx can remain asymptomatic as well. Regular testing is important for anyone engaging in oral sex or who is sexually active.
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. Sores in and around the mouth are the main symptoms of oral herpes.
Why choose a full panel?
Many Oral STDs have overlapping symptoms and risk factors, making it difficult to know which to test for. 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 can give you broader results more easily and cost effectively.
Obtaining the results of a full Oral STD Panel 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 the results.