At Home STD Test Kits FAQs:
How Reliable are These STD Tests?
Test accuracy is defined by sensitivity and specificity from clinical trials. Sensitivity is the percentage of results that will be positive when a disease is present. Specificity is the percentage of results that will be negative when a disease is not present. myLAB testing is using similar methodologies to what you would get in a lab and accuracy levels are comparable.
- HIV kits: Sensitivity 99.9% and Specificity 99.9%
- Chlamydia: Sensitivity 96.1% and Specificity 98.0%
- Gonorrhea: Sensitivity 97.8% and Specificity 99.2%
- Trichomonasis: Sensitivity >95% and Specificity 98%
How do myLAB Box Costs Compare?
- Chlamydia & Gonorrhea $79
- Trich $79 *most testing services don’t offer
- HIV starting at $73
Other labs and clinics:
- Chlamydia & Gonorrhea $139-150
- Trich $90-110
- HIV $65-80
Is it Painful to Test Using myLAB Box Kits?
No, our kits are very low impact and require only a vaginal swab, small urine sample or a prick of the finger.
How do These Tests Compare to Regular in-clinic Tests?
Can I Test with My Partner?
Where are the Kits Made?
Are the Kits Certified?
Why is a Blood Spot Test Better than Oral Fluid?
Do Kits Expire?
How Long Does it Take to Get Results?
Who Will Have Access to My STD Test Results?
Do you Offer Treatment for Positive STD Test Results?
If I Test Positive for an STD Will I Get a Prescription?
Do you Have Counselors Available to Speak to if I Test Positive for an STD?
What if I Am Experiencing STD Symptoms?
What Happens if I Get a Positive STD Test Result?
If a positive result comes up, don’t panic! The good news is once you become aware of a problem, you can immediately begin finding the solution. Early detection means you have more options and can minimize damage to your health or your partner’s. Contact your primary care physician or a licensed health practitioner for to discuss next steps. Do not engage in further sexual activity until your healthcare provider advises it is safe to proceed. If you do not have a preferred health practitioner, or would like to discuss your results with one of our affiliate physicians immediately, call (888) 362-4321 to talk to a trained PWN Health-authorized STD counselor. Additional information can be found on our Resources Page. Doctor Referral ServicesFor questions about your non-negative results or to be re-tested and treated if necessary, you may use any of the following resources to find a doctor in your state and local area: All States in U.S.You may search for a doctor in your area using any of the following resources:
- http://www.zocdoc.com/ (able to search for doctors that accept your health insurance plan)
To find a doctor that can test and treat STDs, you may search using the following specialties: Female
- Generalist: Internal Medicine + Internal Medicine
- Specialist: Search Obstetrics + Gynecology and Infectious Diseases
- Generalist: Internal Medicine
- Specialist: Urology and Infectious Diseases
Can I Get a False Positive Result when I Test for STD?
Does a Negative Result Mean I do Not Have an STD?
Every disease has window period during which the presence of the infection may not be detected. While you may test negative in the early part of this period, it does not mean that you will not test positive at a later date. This is why frequent and regular STD testing is critical. Estimated window periods are as follows:
- HIV – 3 to 12 weeks
- Chlamydia- 2 days up to 4 weeks
- Gonorrhea – 2 days up to 3 weeks
- Trich – 7-10 days
How Frequently Should I Get Tested for STDs?
The recommended frequency of testing would vary depending on your lifestyle. We consider the optimum frequency for sexually active adults to be every 3-6 months for sexually active adults and at least once per year. As a general rule of thumb, you should get tested if any or all of the following are true:
- you believe you may have been exposed to a disease
- have had sex within the past 6 months
- have had unprotected sex
- have never tested for STDs
- before starting a new sexual relationship
In addition, if you test positive, our physician affiliate recommends that you re-test in 21-28 days after completion of treatment to ensure that the infection has cleared and to obtain a negative result. If you do not re-test to confirm successful treatment, you may risk infecting your partners and you risk getting re-infected yourself. You can order your re-test kit here so you don’t forget to re-test in 21-28 days.
Do I Still Need to See My Doctor for My Annual Exam?
If I Get STD Tested By My Doctor or in a Lab, is mM Testing Confidential?
Do you Accept FSA Payment Cards, HSA Cards or Health Insurance to Purchase an AT Home STD Kit?
How Old / What Age do I Have to Be to Use a myLAB Box Home STD Test?
Who Should Test for Hepatitis C?
Who Should Test for HIV?
I am Transgender, Which STD Test Kit Should I Order?
What States and Countries Do you Ship Your Home STD Test Kits to?
Is Shipping Your STD Home Test Kits Discreet?
Partners & Affiliates
I’m Interested in Partnering with myLAB Box. Who do I Contact?
How do I Become a myLAB Box Affiliate?
If you are interested in joining myLAB as an affiliate, please e-mail the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- First name
- Last name
- Web site URL
- Audience size
- General demographics (age range, gender, interests)
- How do you plan to get the word out?
Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA