Although the talk of STDs is still taboo, it’s still important that sexually active individuals get tested on a regular basis. The rate of infection for STD, in just the U.S. alone, have risen significantly. And, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 20 million new cases of STD every year.
top of that, there’s the possibility looming that both chlamydia
and gonorrhea infections will become antibiotic-resistant.
the importance, just one in four people who are sexually active have
yet to be tested for STDs, based on the recent information from the
birth control app Nurx’ survey.
Jennifer Butt, an Upper East Side OB/GYN gynecologist, said fear and
denial are usually the key reasons people do not seek out testing,
especially in the younger generation. She said some patients don’t
get tested because they are in a committed relationship or are
worried about asking partners about their STI history.
fear and stress are the main motivators people don’t seek out STD
testing, they are not the only ones. The process of getting tested
can make people feel uncomfortable (if not just embarrassed. It’s
also expensive without the right health insurance plan.
thanks to the advent of telemedicine, there are numerous
direct-to-consumer healthcare companies that are offering private STD
testing kits that can be sent to consumer homes. The kit, based on
the answers given to an online questionnaire, will be suggested for a
person’s particular symptoms and sent right to their home. Most
tests take 15 minutes with results ready up to five days later.
are some at-home options to consider for your next at-home STD
known as the “Uber of birth control,” is giving women even more
accessible medical care with its STI Home Test kits. It has three
options to choose from:
kits are delivered to your door with everything you need to test and
send samples back (prepaid envelope is included). The samples are
analyzed and a Nurx clinical physician will let you know, within
seven business days, what your results are. Regardless of your
insurance status, there is a $12 medical consultation fee. This fee
includes unlimited access to the company’s medical team.
positive test results, the provider can give you an antibiotic
treatment, but for those that require in-patient care, the provider
will recommend you to a nearby clinic.
cost for these tests includes $75 for insurance and $150 to $220
without any insurance along with the $12 medical consultation fee.
at-home testing kit is offered for all kinds of things besides STDs
(HPV tests, hormone tests, celiac tests, diabetes tests, etc.) There
are six kits for up to 10 different STDs such as chlamydia,
gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, HIV, syphilis and
trichomoniasis. Kits range in prices from $99 to $299 (this is for
all 10 STDs). No insurance is accepted currently.
prepaid shipping label is provided so samples can be mailed back
within 24 hours. Once processed, results can be viewed within five
days. If positive for any test, a registered nurse will give you a
personalized call for treatment options and emotional support.
This test is also available through the CVS pharmacy (online or in-store).
2013, myLab has provided at-home STD testing kits, and currently has
three testing kits to choose from.
$79, individuals can buy the individual STD tests. myLab Box is also
offered on the Wal-Mart website.
trained counselor is on hand for any test results that are positive,
giving patients their treatment options.
kits are designed to take the embarrassment out of getting tested,
but some medical experts feel that the testing, analyzing and
diagnosis isn’t as easy as the tests make them out to be. They also
say they should not be a substitute for a doctor’s office visit for
Butt said a complete physical exam and health history are important
tools in finding the problem, and that some STI symptoms could be
attributed to something else entirely.
The reality is that no matter where you go for testing, you need to be tested for STDs if you are sexually active… even if you’re supposedly in a committed relationship. These kits are designed to ease people’s minds and worries, promoting health and safety.
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Roughly 20 million Americans every year are infected with some kind of sexually transmitted disease. 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.