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Does a CBC test that comes back normal mean I am free from ...

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Does a CBC test that comes back normal mean I am free from diseases including all STDs?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Deborah replied 10 years ago.
No, that is not the appropriate testing for STD's. Cultures are done for most STDs and others have specific testing which could include blood work.

If you have questions let me know.

http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/cbc/test.html

http://www.sexinfo101.com/sh_stdtesting.shtml

http://www.healthcenter.vt.edu/HE/healthinfo/stdInfo.htm
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Deborah's Post: Let me ask this a different way. If I were to have a disease including STD's would the CBC test still come back normal? Or would is it likely to show some abnormalities. Thank You
Expert:  Deborah replied 10 years ago.
It could come back normal, depending on what STD. FOr example HIV would show an abnormality.

Let me ask, what exactly are you trying to rule out?
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Deborah's Post: I am trying to rule out gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. I've already tested negative for HIV and hepes tests and had a clean urine test and normal CBC test. I am wondering if these are enough to rule out the 3 I mentioned which I wasn't tested for specifically. Or should I be tested specifically for the 3? Thanks for your response.
Expert:  Deborah replied 10 years ago.
No, you need to have:

Chlamydia/Gonorrhea - This can be done on samples from inside the vagina in females and on a sample from inside the tip of the penis OR on urine samples on males. Most males prefer to collect a urine sample. Our test can detect chlamydia approximately 30 hours after infection and gonorrhea (GC) 48 hours after infection.

Syphilis (RPR) - Blood test. Our test can detect syphilis infection from 3-90 days after infection.

The CBC might show an infectiion present, but the doctor would specifically have to test for these diseases.
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