Diagnosing these STDs is a challenge because of the stigma associated with getting tested. However, at-home testing kits have risen in popularity, getting people the treatment they need. However, the healthcare community is still at odds on whether or not the kits are as accurate as they claim to be.
There are a host of startup companies selling these STD kits – LetsGetChecked, EverlyWell and myLab – and the costs for the kit depends on what a person is getting tested for. Most cost as low as $100.
These tests are great for teenagers, people with no health insurance or people who don’t want to talk about the condition with their doctor or other healthcare provider.
While HIV tests have been available for many years now, the mail order tests for the other STDs – syphilis, chlamydia, herpes and gonorrhea are now just becoming an option.
Once ordered, the test kit is sent in a discreet package to a person’s home with directions on how they do the test. A typical test kit will ask for a urine sample, swab or finger prick. Once the test is done, the box is sent back. The majority of labs will take up to a week to provide a person with their results. Some companies offer treatment consultations as well as prescription services.
The Federal Drug Administration suggests the following guidelines before buying a testing kit:
Many county public health departments across the nation offer low-to-no cost testing and consultations for STDs. This also includes partner notifications services in the event that a person tests positive for a disease.
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