Don’t Forget This Item On Your College Checklist

While many of you are preparing to head back to college this month, don’t forget your STD home tests! We know, they aren’t on your typical list of notebooks, highlighters, and pens. However,  if you are sexually active, STD home tests are a must-have on your college shopping list.

Prepare to Be Safe

First things first, there’s a lot of knowledge to unpack when it comes to Sex-Ed.  Make sure you have all the info you need when it comes to taking care of your sexual health.  In fact, you can start with our “Back to School Guide for Sexually Active Teens.”

For many, college is a time for sexual exploration and discovery. . That’s not everyone’s style, but whether you are in a relationship or just having some (safe!) fun, it is still important to be tested for sexually transmitted infections. What do we mean by safe fun? For one, always use condoms! In addition, make sure that you’ve been tested and make sure that your partner has also been tested.  Luckily, this is so easy to do with those STD home tests you plan to pack for school!

Adding STD Home Tests to Your Checklist

Your STD home tests can actually be taken at any time and from any place.

Luckily, they’re so easy to use that you’ll have no excuse not to. That’s right: zero, ziltch, nada excuses are acceptable. After all, it only takes about five minutes to collect you sample,  and you can even do so from your dorm room in between classes. How easy is that?!

Whether you need to test for one infection or multiple, myLAB Box has you covered. The most popular test kit, the Uber Box, screens for eight infections with a single kit  set. For the whole shebang, try Total Box, the most comprehensive home STD test on the market, which tests for 14 infections.

A Note of Caution

Don’t rush into anything you don’t want to do and don’t pressure anyone into anything they don’t want to do. Always remember the importance of mutual consent! It may sound boring, but make sure you and your partner are making decisions about sexual activities while sober.

Bottom line, including STD home tests on your college shopping list is a simple and smart move. And we know you’re smart, you college student, you. Now, get out there and enjoy life!

Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA

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