STD and STI Testing at Home
Most people think they would know if they had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) . . . wrong!
The truth is a person can have an STIs but have no signs or symptoms. Or they may have mild signs that can be easily overlooked. This is why the term “disease” (as in STD) is starting to be replaced by infection (or STI). The only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested.
Lots of people are confused about getting tested for STIs. For example, you may think your annual medical check-up will include tests for STIs, especially if your healthcare provider knows you are sexually active. The fact is that some providers might test for some infections when you come in for a regular check-up, while others do not test for any STI unless you ask them to.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, have a new partner (or more than one partner), or for any reason are worried you have been exposed to an STI, talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested be tested for these leading common STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, HPV, syphilis and trichomoniasis. If your healthcare provider feels you do not need to be checked for some of these, you will at least know which ones you were tested for and which ones you were not.
What is LetsGetChecked?
LetsGetChecked is a home testing company founded in 2014. It is one of the few companies to provide testing with home testing kits worldwide. Its varied test lineup includes biomarker tests relating to cardiovascular health, digestive health, fertility, and metabolic health, as well as STD screening and genetic screens for a limited number of cancers. The company has a reputation for scientific integrity and all its tests are based on sound scientific evidence.
I found that LetsGetChecked is a great way to take your health into your own hands without leaving the house.
- Partner lab facilities are CLIA, INAB, CPA, or CAP certified
- Very large variety of accurate at-home tests to choose from
- Discreet packaging
- Affordable prices
- Free phone consultation with a registered nurse if you test positive for specific medical conditions
- Live online chat available to answer pre-purchase questions
LetsGetChecked is a very solid option for most, if not all, of your home testing needs. Its wide variety of certified tests combined with very reasonable prices makes it hard to beat.
-HIV (I, II, P24 antigen)
-Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I)
-Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II)
The process of submitting a swab, urine sample, or blood sample for testing with LetsGetChecked is simple, fast, and convenient. Once you have selected your testing product, your kit will be dispatched in discreet, anonymous packaging. To register your kit, click on the “Activate Test” tab at the top of the LetsGetChecked website, and log in to your personal account.
Once you have logged in, provide a mobile number where the company can contact you when your results are ready. It will send a 6-digit verification code to this number. Enter this 6-digit code into the box provided on your personal account page, and then the two codes found on the inside of your testing box (it’s complicated, I know!). Once this is done, you will have to answer a couple of health questions, and then registration is complete. Most tests offered by LetsGetChecked require a small blood sample. These samples should be collected in the morning (before 9:00 a.m.), and before eating. All the equipment needed to collect this sample is included in your testing kit. There is a video on the company website outlining how to perform sample collection, as well as a list of sample FAQs.
LetsGetChecked advises you not to collect your sample after a Wednesday, as the sample may not reach the lab before the weekend. Do not mail your sample on Friday or on the weekend.
Once you have collected your sample, place it into the biohazard bag provided, and return this bag to the box that the kit came in. Fill out the inner lid sticker of the box with the required information. Place the box in the pre-paid shipping envelope and send it back on the same day you collect the sample. If using express shipping, you will have to arrange a pick-up location for collection of your samples or drop them off at a drop-off point.
Your results should be viewable on your password-protected personal account within 2-5 business days from the date that the lab receives your sample. You will receive an email notifying you when your results are ready. If you receive an abnormal result from specific tests, a registered nurse may contact you to discuss your results and the next steps. If possible, the nurse will provide you with a prescription for treatment and answer any questions you might have.
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