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PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis), helps in the fight against HIV infection.
Now you can screen for STDs required to start and continue on PrEP in the privacy of your own home.
STI Home Test Kit for PrEP eligibility is a process to test for HIV (and other STIs) prior to beginning a PrEP regimen. Once a negative result for HIV is received from the STI Home Test Kit, a prescription for the PrEP therapy may be ordered. Please check with your physician.
Making Life Easier: Using our PrEP kit, testing can be done discreetly in the privacy of your own home. Everything is included in the kit for collection, packing, and return shipping back to our laboratory for testing. Results are available 2-5 days after receipt in our lab.
What is PrEP?
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is an FDA-approved medicine taken once a day by people at risk for getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. PrEP can help prevent HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body.
Which PrEP Panel is right for me?
In order to start PrEP therapy a negative STD results must be received. In order to renew PrEP therapy prescription, a negative result must be received every three months. If you’re currently taking PrEP, the PrEP Box at home pre-exposure prophylaxis test kit can provide the required STD and personal health laboratory testing required every three months to continue taking PrEP.
What does the PrEP Box include?
There are two types of PrEP test kits. The PrEP Baseline kit is used when you are about to start PrEP. It includes all the necessary tests:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Chlamydia (rectal and genital)
- Gonorrhea (rectal, oral and genital)
- Pregnancy test (women only)
The second type of PrEP test kit is the PrEP Renewal kit, which allows your three-month follow-up testing to be delivered directly to you without additional effort on your part – until canceled. We strive to make life easier so you can be healthy. Note: The PrEP Follow-up test kit includes all tests in the PrEP Baseline test kit except for Hepatitis B & C.
1 in 3 people have an STD yet 80% have no symptoms
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is an infectious disease that can spread through contact with bodily fluids or blood from an HIV infected person. HIV is tested using a dried blood spot to perform a 4th generation antigen/antibody test. This is a highly accurate test and can be positive as soon as about three weeks after exposure.
Please keep in mind, HIV-positive individuals are not eligible to take PrEP. If a PrEP user becomes HIV positive, PrEP usage should stop immediately and begin antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV infection.
- Hepatitis B (Baseline Box only)
Hepatitis B (Hep B) is an infectious disease that can spread through sexual contact and cause liver damage. Although contracting Hep B is unlikely since most people are vaccinated for this infection, testing for Hep B is still required before someone begins PrEP. The PrEP Baseline Box is the only time you will need to test for this infection. Hep B testing uses dried blood spot to detect antibodies the body makes to fight against Hep B and is widely used to find out if a person is infected or not.
- Hepatitis C (Baseline only)
Hepatitis C (Hep C), like Hepatitis B, is also an infectious disease that can spread through contaminated blood or sexual contact and can cause liver damage. Hep C is also only tested once for those about to start PrEP through our PrEP Baseline Box. Just like Hepatitis B, Hep C testing uses dried blood spot to test for antibodies the body makes to combat the infection. If test results are positive for Hep C, confirmation testing is required using blood drawn from the arm rather than a dried blood spot.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that can spread through sexual contact with painless sores called chancres. These sores are located mainly on the external genitals. The infection can also spread via syphilis in the anal area and the lips/mouth. Pregnant women with syphilis can infect the fetus leading to congenital syphilis. A dried blood spot is used to screen for syphilis antibodies to help find out if someone is positive for syphilis. The PrEP Follow-up Box can help detect syphilis early so you can be treated promptly. A positive screening test for syphilis requires a confirmation test using blood drawn from the arm rather than a dried blood spot.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can spread by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Chlamydia is detected using DNA testing from a rectal swab. Chlamydia is a very common STD, many people don’t usually show visible symptoms. That’s one of the reasons it is important to have three -month follow-up testing when on PrEP.
Gonorrhea is another common bacterial STD included in the PrEP box. Gonorrhea can spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Testing for this STD uses gonorrhea DNA detection from the oral and rectal swabs. Since gonorrhea is very common and most people often don’t show symptoms, follow-up testing every 3-months is required for PrEP users.
Creatinine is a waste product the human body makes from normal muscle breakdown and is filtered through the kidneys and excreted in urine. This blood test measures your level of creatinine which can help show how well your kidneys are functioning. Though very unlikely, one of the side effects of taking PrEP is having slightly increased levels of creatinine. To be on the safe side, creatinine levels are measured routinely while taking PrEP.
myLAB Box works only with the best laboratories and health experts to ensure your tests results meet nationwide standards and are as accurate as tests done in a clinic or a doctor’s office.
The laboratories we work with are certified CAP and CLIA high complexity testing organizations at the forefront of diagnostic testing. HIPAA web security protocols protect your data.
What Happens If I Test Positive?
A Telemedicine consultation is available for anyone who receives a positive result on one of our tests. Peace of mind: instruction will be provided on how to obtain a free telemedicine consultation with a physician in your state. Please check with the physician for treatment of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trich, BV, Yeast, Genital Herpes or UTI. If retesting for STDs is necessary, a test kit can be ordered through our website.
Note: Please inform your sexual partners of your test results, whether they’re positive or negative. We recommend testing every month as a person can be infected by certain STDs (chlamydia and gonorrhea) multiple times. Sharing is caring and knowing is crucial.
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About Hermes Health Sciences:
At Hermes Health Sciences our mission is to provide life-changing, personalized preventive care to improve outcomes, so you can lead a healthier and more vibrant life.
myLAB Box offers individuals with laboratory services for wellness monitoring. All tests are validated by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. Results are comparable to samples collected in a physician’s office or clinical laboratory. Tests used in myLAB Box kits have been developed and performance characteristics determined by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. These tests are used for clinical purposes only. They should not be regarded as investigational or for research. myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates are regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) of 1988 as qualified to perform high complexity clinical testing and follow the guidelines of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The tests, and services are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. All information given as to the use of the tests is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s consultation. In the event you test positive and have a telemedicine consultation with your ordering physician (licensed in your state) or his/her designate, all additional health care instructions, ongoing care, and possible need for prescriptions if not provided will be your responsibility to obtain from your own healthcare provider. Copies of your test results will be made available for you to share with your healthcare provider. If you do not have a health care provider, you can search for one on the internet, get recommendations from family or friends, call your local county medical society or local hospital physician referral service, or seek care from a local urgent care facility.