Buying CVS Home STD Tests
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CVS has a wide variety of STD tests available with different testing methods for each. Some CVS locations have Minute Clinics inside that offer sexually transmitted disease (STD) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing in store which can cost as much as $300. CVS also offers an at home HIV test kit which can be purchased in the store or online for $46. This test only covers HIV but they also offer two options for testing other STDs/STIs that can cost anywhere from $200 – $300.
How do the CVS Instant HIV/STD at home tests work?
For HIV testing, CVS offers the OraQuick instant HIV test which is about 92% accurate and provides same day results. This rapid test take about 20 minutes and involves applying a swab to the inside of your cheek and inserting it into a tube. The results will indicate if you are HIV positive. The STD/STI tests offered vary in what infection they test for but similarly provide a cotton swab that you’ll use to collect saliva, and ship to their lab. One of these tests will then give you the results of the sample. The other gives you options for which tests to run and charges fees based on your selection.
How does the CVS In Store STD/STI exam work?
Some CVS locations have their own in-store healthcare clinic, which they’ve branded MinuteClinic. The providers test, consult, diagnose and provide STD/STI treatment. Similar to a doctor’s visit you’ll be asked questions about your sexual history and symptoms. The charges vary based on the number of symptoms or conditions a patient has, and the number of services provided. Most standard visits fall within $100 to $150. Labs, tests and other services may result in additional charges.
How accurate is the CVS instant HIV test?
The saliva HIV tests like the one by OraQuick are very accurate and detect approximately 91.7% of HIV positive patients. It’s important to note that HIV can take up to 7 weeks after exposure before returning positive on a saliva swab. Therefore, you may need to take these types of test more than once. However, with the services at myLAB Box you can get a 99.9% accurate result the first time regardless of when you may have been exposed. myLAB Box uses the same hi-tech technology and laboratories that top hospital and clinics around the nation have access to. This is why myLAB Box is able to guarantee accuracy and quick results (as fast as 2 to 5 days.) We are able to offer you top quality testing at a fraction of the price compared to clinics.
Should you buy the CVS at home HIV/STD/STI tests?
While CVS certainly has many options for HIV or STD/STI testing, myLAB Box can offer anonymous results at a lower price in an efficient and timely manner. Instant at home tests for HIV are convenient but can miss a positive HIV diagnosis. For most, more accurate results are worth waiting a few more days to obtain. In addition to HIV testing, myLAB Box also offers screening for other STDs/STIs such as HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, mycoplasma genitalium and trichomoniasis.
If you are sexually active, experiencing early signs or symptoms of infection, or just want to know if you’ve been exposed, don’t hesitate to get tested. Most STDs show no symptoms at all, so the only way to know for sure is to be tested. myLAB Box FDA approved anonymous tests are the best choice when it comes to at home self testing. We also offer exceptional guidance from telemedicine specialists if you receive a positive test results.