For those looking for STI and STD testing try Real Options in the SF Bsay Area

Mar 23, 2021

RealOptions offers no to low cost, confidential, and medically accurate consultations on STD testing and treatment options

Think it could be a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or sexually transmitted disease (STD)? Catching an STI or STD early through accurate and professional testing can be key to long-term sexual health. An STI home test kit can be used but why waste time and money when a visit to a Bay Area medical clinic is needed anyway? If you would like more information, visit our website:

Confused about the difference between an STI and an STD? No need to feel alone - lots of people are confused. The terms STI and STD can be used interchangeably. Both STIs and STDs are caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses that lead to infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. Sexual contact is contact with genitals and surrounding areas, body fluids, or mucous membranes like the mouth. Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis are STIs. HIV, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and Hepatitis B & C are STDs.

The major difference is that STIs are curable with antibiotics whereas STDs are permanent with outbreaks of symptoms that can be treated. For example, a visible breakout of STI can be treated by a practitioner with cryotherapy (freezing them off) but the virus lives within the body's nerves until the next breakout that usually occurs during stress on the body. Anyone can get an STI or STD from someone who is unaware they have been infected. Without accurate testing, they won’t know.

STI home test kits can be purchased for $79 - $150 over the counter in a pharmacy like CVS pharmacy or ordered online to be delivered to a home or office. There are several problems with these kits. You will have to guess which STI (from a comprehensive list) you think you have and order that specific kit. You may order the wrong test and have to pay a second time to order another test kit. But, when you go to a medical clinic, the nurse will take your medical history and administer the test that is appropriate for you.

Once you purchase an STI home test kit, you may wait several days for the kit to arrive at your home or work. After reading and carefully following the directions to collect the sample alone, you have a small window of time in which to mail it back. It could take up to seven days to receive your test results. If your test is positive, the test company’s medical team will contact you. After all of that waiting, you will then have to visit a medical clinic for confirmation and treatment anyway.

RealOptions Obria Medical Clinics provide medical testing and diagnosis, and treatment of STIs and STDs. Well Women’s health exam appointments are available at most locations for HPV and Trichomoniasis. The five Bay Area clinics offer full panel STI testing and treatment including:



Hepatitis B & C



RealOptions offers no to low cost, confidential, and medically accurate consultations on STD testing and treatment options. Based on the test, RealOptions may be able to provide test results within two days. If you receive a positive test result, they can provide you and your partner with treatment options.

You owe it to yourself to be safe. Don’t ignore the important step of being tested for an STI or STD. STI home test kits are a waste of your time and money - you would have to visit a clinic anyway. Ready to learn about your body and take an STI test? Schedule your confidential appointment online or call our Bay Area RealOptions Obria Medical Clinics in Central San Jose - 408.978.9310, East San Jose - 408.272.5577, Oakland - 510.891.9998, Redwood City - 630.261.9115, or Union City - 510.487.4357.

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