At Home Testing Options
Whether you call them sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), STDs can be embarrassing to talk about. This embarrassment can lead people to delay or forgo testing altogether. In response to this problem, at home testing kits are beginning to gain in popularity and acceptance. But is this the best option for you? Before you consider ordering a home STD test, learn the basics and decide for yourself. With that in mind, we’ve put together this informational article covering the most important facts about std testing at home.
If you prefer to find a home testing product immediately, here are a few helpful links:
- $10 Off Any Order at STDCheck.com. Ask About Home Testing Options.
- Offers on home tests for Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia & Gonorrhea, and HIV.
Are Home STD Tests Approved by the FDA?
Yes, some at home testing kits are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, various companies have sold home STD tests over the years that were not FDA approved, so be careful and make sure that you do your research before purchasing anything. Here’s one example of a test that was sold in American pharmacies without proper FDA approval.
To our knowledge, there are FDA approved in home std tests that check for chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and HIV. The at-home HIV test in particular gained a great deal of notoriety when Orasure Technologies released its FDA approved OraQuick test in 2012. You can find more information about the product here.
How do Home STD Tests Work
Once you receive the home testing kit, you will need to provide a urine sample or genital swab and send it into a laboratory for testing. Typically, results are provided within a matter of days, and you do not ever need to step foot into a testing center. The OraQuick home test that we mentioned above is particularly non-invasive, as you only need to collect an oral swab, and you do not need to send the sample into a lab – you will know the result within 20-40 minutes. The entire test works in your home.
However, it is important to note that home testing kits have a higher rate of false positives than traditional STD tests, meaning that you are more likely to get a positive result even if you are not infected. If you receive a positive result, you should consult with your health care provider to confirm the test and provide treatment.
Free Home STD Tests
In response to untrustworthy home STD tests that have circulated over the years, a few groups offer free at home testing kits. Though these are not widely available, if you live in certain areas of California, Alaska, Colorado, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington D.C., or Illinois you may qualify for a free test. Please visit these websites for more information:
Where Can I Get a Home STD Test?
If you do not qualify for one of the free tests listed above, there are still options available to you. You can buy the OraQuick at home HIV test via outlets such as Amazon.com. If you wish to obtain a home testing kit for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trich, we will be adding links to various FDA approved options.
If you have a sexually transmitted disease, the most important thing is that you get tested and treated. From that perspective, in home STD tests are a great innovation, as they will help people who were previously too embarrassed to seek help. On the other hand, obtaining a test through your health care provider ensures that you will receive counseling and advice on how to protect yourself from STDs moving forward, which is also very important. If you do end up using a home test, make sure that you also seek out professional health advice so that this is the last STD that you ever have.
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