How Long do STD Test Results Take?
How long does it take to get STD test results?
The amount of time it takes to receive testing results varies with the place you choose to be tested. Some in person clinics can provide results in several days while others may take several weeks. It is also possible that you will not hear back at all and will have to call to find confirm.
At myLAB Box, you will have results within 5-11 days of placing your order. This anticipates 1-3 days for you to receive and return the kit and 2-8 days for us to test your sample and process results. You will receive an email as soon as your results are ready with a link to our portal for secure viewing. Your results are only visible to you and are accessed with your login information. They can be shared at your discretion, saved as a PDF or printed for your primary care physician. Read more about our process here.
Planned Parenthood Test Results
If you take an STD test at Planned Parenthood, the provider you see may be able to identify some infections during examination. If the facility is able to perform rapid testing, you may also be able to get HIV test results within 20 minutes. Most often, a provider will collect a blood, urine or fluid sample (using a swab of the possible infection site) and send the sample to a lab for testing. It can take a few days or as much as several weeks for the lab to send results back to the clinic.
According to Planned Parenthood, you should call if you don’t hear back about your test results. No call does not mean no infection.
How will I know when my test results are available?
With myLAB Box, you will receive an email with access to a secure portal containing your test results as soon as they are available. Some in person clinics will also send emails with access to results. Others will call you with results or have you call an 888 number to receive your results by phone.
At some clinics, you will only be informed of results if you test positive. This means that no call could either mean you have negative results or for some reason the call was never made. If you test at a clinic where results are delivered by phone, we recommend calling after two weeks if you have not heard back to confirm the outcome of your test.
Who will have access to my test results?
If you test with myLAB Box, only you will have access to your test results unless you choose to share them. They can be downloaded from your portal as a PDF or printed to share with a physician if you decide to visit a doctor’s office for treatment. Please note that sharing your results with your physician may add them to your medical health record. myLAB Box offers free telemedicine consultations with physicians if you receive positive results. This physician will be able to discuss your options and prescribe treatment in most states.
If you test using insurance, your results will be sent to your insurance provider, your providers affiliates and the Medical Information Bureau (MIB). These results will be part of your permanent medical record and can be used to raise your insurance premium down the road. In addition, the primary holder on your insurance account will receive a bill with the explanations of the services rendered. They may also have access to a portal through the insurance company with test results. For more information on insurance use for STD testing, visit our Insurance Resources page.
Can I get same-day STD test results?
You can get same-day STD test results for certain infections if you go to a clinic that has the equipment to run rapid tests. HIV rapid testing delivers results in about 20 minutes, but this is currently the only approved rapid STD test. It is available at select Planned Parenthood locations and through many HIV clinics.
Rapid test kits for other STDs are available online, but should be researched before purchase to determine their accuracy level. Many have low sensitivity and specificity rates, making it substantially more likely that you receive a false positive or false negative test result. False negatives are especially dangerous if you have an asymptomatic infection because you will have less reason to doubt the results. Given the serious and long-term consequences associated with most sexually transmitted infections, it is worth the wait for accurate results.