At-Home STD Kits Help People Test Themselves For Sexually Transmitted Diseases

At-Home STD Kits Help People Test Themselves For Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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.


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