STD TESTS AND BODY PARTS
For gonorrhea and chlamydia, it is actually necessary to test each and every part of your body that could be infected. This could mean a urine test (which picks up penile or vaginal infection) or a specific vaginal, penile, throat or anal swab. The test for syphilis, though, is a blood test for antibodies, which means that one test can tell if you've been exposed in any of the affected areas. Herpes is a different beast all together. If you are having an outbreak, you can test the sore, but if not, a blood test is required to detect antibodies to the virus. HPV is usually tested for by proxy -- looking for abnormal cells rather than the virus itself but recently tests that detect HPV itself are being used. Warts are also caused by HPV and many doctors can diagnose HPV-related warts just be looking at them.
Keep in mind that most STDs do not have any symptoms. So to sum up, if you use it, test it. If you are unclear, ask. Click here for more information on complete STD screenings.
To your health,
STD SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT ADVICE
Take care of yourself. Get regular STD check-ups every six months.