STD Home Test

Why Buy an STD Home Test?

It’s as simple as this: if you’re sexually active, you should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. According to the CDC, approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted infections happen each year.

Since STDs impact your sexual health and relationships, if you engage in sexual activities, it’s important to frequently test for them. It’s even more crucial that you get checked if any of the following apply to you:

  • You’ve recently been exposed to someone with an STD.
  • You’ve never been tested for STDs.
  • You engage in sexual activities with multiple partners.
  • You are a man who is sexually active with other men.

The CDC advises people to get tested every 3-12 months. When you get checked, you not only stay informed about your sexual health, but you also prevent STIs and STDs from spreading.

Symptoms of common STIs and STDs include:

  • Bumps, sores, blisters, warts, or rashes near the genitals or mouth
  • Burning sensation or pain when urinating
  • Pain during sex or ejaculating
  • Pain in the pelvic area
  • Itching around or on the vagina or penis
  • Swollen or red genitals
  • Vaginal bleeding that occurs outside of your period
  • Discharge from vagina or penis
  • Fever and chills

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to get checked because you don’t have any symptoms, consider this: About 80% of people with STIs are symptom-free. You may not have symptoms, but you could be infected and therefore pass the infection to your partner.

What Companies Offer Testing Kits?

Once you decide to take an STD test, the prospect of visiting a doctor’s office or lab may ignite all sorts of emotions, not to mention the fact that finding the time to get to the office for an appointment may be problematic. Thankfully, a home STD test allows you to avoid waiting rooms, uncomfortable conversations with medical staff and inquisitive stares from other patients in the lobby. Most of the tests on the market value maintaining your privacy; they offer discreet billing and packaging and are HIPAA compliant.

Some companies that offer home STD testing kits include:

  • Private iDNA
  • EverlyWell
  • LetsGetChecked
  • My Lab Box

Prices range from $99-$399 for tests that check for more than one STD. Test kits that only check for one STD may be less expensive. Most companies offer 1-3 testing kits that check for more than one STD, so read the differences between kits carefully.

What Will the Results Indicate?

Depending on the home STD test you purchase, the results will show if you’re positive or negative for one or multiple STDs, depending on which test kit you buy.

STD home tests check for many STDs, including:

  • Syphilis
  • Gardnerella
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Mycoplasma Genitalium
  • Ureaplasma
  • HPV

After your samples have been processed by the lab, you’ll receive an email and your results will be posted to a secure online platform.

Rarely, test results may be inconclusive, which means that the test wasn’t able to find a clear result at this time.

If you do test positive, some testing companies include a free retest for any test with a positive result. Some companies also provide free consultations with a medical professional in your state or with the test company’s medical team. If you have a positive or abnormal result, companies may have a member from their medical team give you a phone call, and if applicable, prescribe medication that you can pick up at your local pharmacy.

If you don’t wish to purchase a bundled test kit, many companies sell individual STD tests.

How Do I Take an STD Home Test?

1

Order the home test online.

Before making your purchase, consider which STDs you want to have checked. Companies usually sell several different kits that test for 1-14 types of STDs. Also check if the kit you’re interested in purchasing is intended for one gender or another. Some kits are meant for males and some for females.

Once purchased, testing kits will arrive in 1-5 business days. For some kits, you’ll need to set up an online account once the kit arrives.

2

Collect a sample.

Read the instructions carefully. If you purchased a kit that tests for several STDs, there will be various samples you’ll need to collect. Samples may include urine, vaginal, rectal, oral, or blood drop. All components for sample collection will be included in the kit.

3

Mail your sample.

After you follow the instructions for collecting the sample, place the sample in the biohazard bag that’s included in the kit. Then put the sample(s) into the prepaid shipping box and mail it to the lab.

4

Get results.

Receive results within 1-5 days after the lab has received your sample(s).

How Reliable Are the Tests?

While some companies sell kits that are FDA-approved, others claim that although their tests aren’t FDA-approved, their tests use “FDA-approved technology.” Most companies partner with laboratories that are Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)-certified and College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited.

If your results are negative, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re STD-free. Incubation periods vary for STDs, so if you’ve recently been exposed, it may cause a negative result. This is one reason why it’s important to regularly test for STDs.

Companies remind patients that tests are meant to provide information and education, not to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Tests shouldn’t replace a consultation with a healthcare provider. It’s recommended that you share your results with your doctor to obtain medical advice and treatment.

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