The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of U.S. STD cases had risen significantly, with the most notable increases being seen in the amount of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea cases. In just 2017, there were 2.3 million cases of STDs made – an increase of 200,000 from the year before.
Another disturbing trend is the ever-increasing number of gonorrhea cases that are antibiotic-resistant, which is also leading to cases of marathonorrhea. While most STDs can be cured, the majority of cases are not diagnosed, which means people are susceptible to other health problems such as infertility, stillbirths, ectopic pregnancies and HIV.
If you’re not sure if you would test positive for an STD, it’s important to get tested anyway. Thankfully, there’s no reason to visit a doctor anymore for testing. You can purchase an STD kit from MyLabBox, LetsGetChecked and STD Clean and test yourself at home.
The prices of the kit depend on the number of diseases the kit can test for. All you need to do is take a urine, blood, saliva or genital swab sample and mail it back to the lab. It can take up to a week before you get the test results back.
While at-home STD kids are popular, it’s important to note that false positives are also likely, as most homes are not set up like a medical lab is, and the majority of people are not medically trained professionals. Basically, to know for sure, a person should see an actual doctor.
If you’re all about privacy and want the at-home kit, be sure to find one that’s been FDA-approved and follow the instructions completely. If you test positive, be sure to let your partners know and get treatment right away.