CheckMate Healthcare created a mobile app CheckMate letting consumers who suspect they have a sexually transmitted disease to seek the help they need either in-home or through a CheckMate-affiliated lab.
the at-home method, people can test for the STD themselves. They are
mailed a discreet self-test kit that they use and then send off to
the company for testing. Once the results are ready, users can find
learn what they are within 48 hours
in-lab, the app will provide people with a list of nearby labs that
don’t ask for ID or appointments. Users will prepay for the test
via the app and get the results within 24 hours after testing.
a patient’s results are positive for an STD, the app offers a free
doctor’s consultation via telemedicine. Prescriptions for
gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis or herpes simplex virus 2 can be
sent to a local pharmacy.
CEO Marc Schonberger said users could share their results via e-mail,
text or dating profiles. He said it would include the date the
patient was tested and what they were tested for. The idea behind the
app, Schonberger said, was to remove the stigma of STD status and let
people ask if they use a particular program like CheckMate.
uses CAP and CLIA-certified labs for their tests with the results
stored in HIPAA compliant servers.
CheckMate is just one of many at-home and e-health testing programs. Prices will vary according to the STD test needed and what method they opt for. For example, an at-home Triple Check of chlamydia and gonorrhea 3-site check will run $199. An at-home Basic Check for the two diseases cost $149. The Lab Basic Check price for both chlamydia and gonorrhea runs $149 as well. If a patient just needs to test for one disease, they can run anywhere from $73 to $95.
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There is nothing to laugh about when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases. According to the latest information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have seen a dramatic rise across the U.S. In fact, 50 percent of sexually active Americans will catch something before they turn 25 years old.