The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are almost 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year. STD infections can persist for an extended period of time, and most people are not aware they are infected until advanced symptoms appear. According to a recent CDC study, “STD screening is critical” in effectively stemming their spread.
STDcheck is revolutionizing the way STD testing is done, much like Amazon Prime has done for online shopping. It’s fast, convenient, and high-quality (and very private to boot), so it is now easier than ever to screen yourself for STDs.
- STDcheck offers the most discreet STD testing available–you do not even have to give your name if you do not want to.
- All STDcheck tests are FDA-approved, and all labs are CLIA-certified.
- STDcheck offers industry-leading customer support and the fastest turnaround times available (including same-day testing).
- STDcheck has over 4,500 testing centers nationwide. Chances are high that there is a center very close to your home.
- STDcheck accepts FSA and HSA payment cards.
- STDcheck does not currently accept health insurance (which happens to also increase your privacy).
- STDcheck is only available within the United States and does not have any testing centers in certain areas.
- There are a couple of less common STDs that STDcheck does not test for, including mycoplasma genitalium and trichomoniasis.
If you want to test for STDs in a manner that is extremely discreet, convenient, cost-effective, and safe, then STDcheck should be near the top of your list. We are confident that you will not be disappointed.
STDcheck Rating by Innerbody Staff
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The STDcheck testing process is very straight forward and is as follows:
Step 1 - Order Your STD Test
Simply go to the STDcheck.com website and select which individual tests or test packages you want to order. All of these tests are FDA-approved.
Keep reading for our recommendations on which tests you might want to consider.
Step 2: Choose a Test Center
Enter your zip code or let the website search your location via GPS. The advanced matching system will show you a list of all the nearest testing centers. Select the center that is most convenient for you.
You will then be asked to give some optional personal information, such as your name, gender, date of birth, etc., along with your preferred method of payment and how you want to receive your test results.
Finally, you will be given a personal test code to write down.
Step 3: Visit Test Center
There is no need for an appointment. Just show up to your local test center. We find the lab centers are mostly open during normal business hours, though some are open on weekends.
Make sure to bring your personal test code. Otherwise, the lab will not know which test results are yours. Also note that the test centers do not accept payments. All payments must be made online.
The entire test usually takes only around five minutes.
Step 4: Receive Your Results
You should expect STDcheck to send your test results back to you within only one or two working days (though we find most users get their results back in less than 24 hours). This is among the fastest turnaround times available.
You can choose to receive your results via text or email. You can also opt to call in to receive your results (this is an especially convenient option if you share a phone or email account with someone).
Step 5: Consult With Doctor (Only If Positive Result Received)
If you test positive, you are strongly encouraged to set up a free consultation with a doctor. The doctor will be able to answer any questions you have and write you a prescription if necessary.
If you tested positive, you can contact the company’s Care Advisors at any time, and they will answer any question you might have in regard to your testing results. You can then schedule a free consultation with a doctor and ask for a prescription if necessary. In some cases, the doctor can refer you to a specialist for further management.
Step 6 (Optional): Send Anonymous Notifications
One additional feature that is unique to STDcheck is the ability to send 100% anonymous notifications to your partner(s) alerting them about the positive result. It will just advise them that they might also want to take a test.
STDcheck currently tests for many different STDs, including:
- Hepatitis A
- HIV (I & II)
- Hepatitis B
- HIV RNA Early Detection
- Herpes (I & II)
- Hepatitis C
The company is different from other testing providers in that it allows test takers to customize exactly which STDs they want to test for. You can go down a checkbox menu and add any or all individual tests you like [see latest prices]. No matter how many STDs you select, you will only have to visit the testing center once. This a la carte style of testing can be a very economical option if you sense that you have been exposed to, or are experiencing the symptoms of, a specific STD.
Most test takers, however, have no idea which STDs they may or may not have and are looking for one comprehensive STD test. For these people, STDcheck offers a test package with a catchy name: the 10 Test Panel [see latest price]. This single test is for, you guessed it, all 10 of the STDs STDcheck tests for. What we like most about this test is that you can save up to 60% buying this all-inclusive package, as compared to the cost of purchasing all the single tests individually. We feel that this is a tremendous value and is likely the best test for most people.
STDcheck is highly committed to protecting your privacy. Test results are only accessible to you. STDcheck bases its privacy standards and requirements on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and uses HIPAA web security protocols and data storage systems.
We believe that STDcheck is the most private route that you can take to test for STDs, because you don’t even need to provide a name when you order if you don’t want to.
At the moment, STDcheck accepts FSA and HSA payment cards. To pay using one of these cards, select your product and proceed to the checkout as normal, and enter your FSA/HSA card number as you would a regular credit card. There is no guarantee that your card will be accepted, due to the various types of regulations attached to different cards. If you’re having trouble using your FSA/HSA card, STDcheck provides an email address on its website that you can contact for advice. However, STDcheck does not accept payment via health insurance providers. While the lack of this payment option may be annoying, it does allow STDcheck to give you a higher level of privacy, as your test results and information won’t be shared with your insurance company and won’t appear on your medical records.
We customize our evaluation criteria depending on the type and nature of the health-related test. For most STDcheck tests, we have five areas that we use for our evaluations, including:
Accuracy: Do the testing labs use the latest and most accurate testing technologies available? How accurate are the tests compared to alternatives?
Value: Are you getting your money’s worth? Are there any hidden costs or charges? Does the test provider offer discounts to our readers?
Customer Support: How well does the testing company help you choose the best test? How clearly are the results presented? How well does the testing company help you understand results and get treatment if necessary?
Privacy: Will your data be stored securely? Could your data ever be shared without your permission?
Test Results Speed: How fast will you receive your test results from the moment you click “buy?” Are the waiting times stated by the testing companies accurate and consistent?