STI Tests using Urine Testing

Urine testing is perhaps the most prevalent method of testing for sexually transmitted infections at the moment. In this article we look at why this is the case, and where urine testing is a reliable method of diagnosing STIs.

What is involved in urine testing for STIs?

Urine tests are an effective method of detecting the pathogens (bacteria, viruses etc.) causing an illness because these are often found in a structure called the urethra. The urethra is part of what is called the urogenital tract, in men it runs from the bladder through to the end of the penis and carries both urine and semen. In women the urethra is only used for urination, and emerges above the vaginal opening. In both instances the proximity of the urethra to the genitals means that infectious agents often affect them. This is why a burning sensation during urination is one of the most common symptoms of STIs.

Because of this urine will contain some amount of whatever pathogen is responsible for an STI, and so a urine sample (obtained in a non-descript container) can be tested to determine the infection in question.

Urine tests are known for being very effective diagnostic tools when looking for STIs, which is why they are performed so often.

What conditions can a urine test detect?

Most STIs can be accurately detected using a urine test, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Bacterial Vaginosis amongst others.

Where can I get a urine test for an STI?

Urine tests are, because of how easy it is to procure a sample, available from a number of classical medical services and from online providers of STI testing.

Classic services include your GP and NHS sexual health clinics, both of which offer testing services on top of a number of support and information provisions. They also include private healthcare providers and services which often offer testing services. Online services offer a discrete and often reliable method of looking for signs of an STI infection.

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