a health-tech startup known for selling birth control through the
Internet and sending them to patients’ doors, is going even further
by offering something new. That something new? At –home sexually
transmitted disease kits for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
on the type of infection a person has, Nurx can treat individuals.
The kits, which include testing and treatment, will be ready sometime
Nurx STI kits are coming at a time where there’s a growing concern
about the uncontrollable spread of STIs. In 2017, the CDC said there
were 2.3 million new cases of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. CDC
Dr. Jonathan Mermin said the current systems to find, treat and stop
the spread of STDs are near their breaking points. The CDC said each
of these diseases can be treated with antibiotics, but the problem is
that most people are never diagnosed until it’s too late – when
they begin to suffer from other health problems.
Tests Will Be The Company’s First
which was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, offers
doctor-prescribed treatments such as PrEP, a preventative HIV
medication. The company provides its services online, earning the
nickname of being Uber for birth control.
company has raised close to $42 million from investors and has a
value of around $11 million. There are over 200,000 patients using
the services, and it’s become one of the Internet’s top providers
for PrEP and birth control.
expansion is the company’s first move since the recent New York
Times report about the company cutting corners to quickly grow.
According to that report, the company’s cut corners are affecting
patient care. Nurx denied there were any safety issues to its
patients, and gave examples of the unclear context in the report.
Rao, Nurex CEO, said the direction was one on his first decisions
made to move the company forward. He said it was only fitting that
the company offers the service so patients could get their most
delicate healthcare needs addressed.
which operates in 25 states and the D.C. area, will offer the STI
tests and treatments in every location. The company does accept
health insurance, but the tests will cost $50 with insurance and
anywhere from $140 to $210 without it for any of the three testing
rival LetsGetChecked has STD testing kits that cost anywhere from $99
to $299 depending on the number of diseases a person wants to be
CDC’s recommendation is that people get tested for STDs once a
year. However, if a person engages in high-risk behaviors or has a
new partner, the agency recommends continuous testing. The CDC said
there are numerous low-cost to fee clinic testing and companies that
offer at-home STD tests such as Nurex and LetsGetChecked.
Do The Tests Work?
interested in a Nurx test will need to make out a request for one and
complete a survey that asks about their medical history. The website
will help customers find the right test based on their past sexual
history, as infections such as gonorrhea can originate anywhere such
as the anus, throat, penis and vagina.
survey will also ask about HIV exposure risk, which is when the case
is then directed to its in-person medical staff Nurx VP of Clinical
Services Jessica Horwitz.
a person orders a test, they will receive a kit via postal mail along
with instructions. The test will include a mixture of the following:
- Blood collection
- Throat swab
- Rectal swab
- Urine sample
the samples are sent back, a Nurx lab partner will conduct the
testing. A medical practitioner will call customers about their
results and treatment options (if necessary).
company offers three types of tests:
Full Control – Comprehensive test for chlamydia and gonorrhea in three places as well as Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis. This test should be taken every year and cost $50 with insurance and $210 without it.
This kit tests for the common STDs that affect women such as HIV,
trichomoniasis, chlamydia and gonorrhea (both in two places). The
cost is $50 with insurance and $180 without any.
– This kit is ideal for people who want to get tested regularly,
testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV and syphilis. Its cost is $50
with insurance and $140 without any insurance.
will send the tests back in the bio-hazard bag sent with their
For those with a positive result, the company can treat common STDs with antibiotics. Other positive test results, such as HIV will be referred to in-person treatment.