Sexual Health Alternatives: STD Testing At Home
STD testing at home is the next step in the evolution of healthcare. For years, you needed to visit a clinic for proper screening for sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Now, the old notion of walk-in STD testing still exists, but it isn’t for everyone. Today, we have options!
First, let’s examine the problems with people have with in-person testing. Later, we’ll take a look at the benefits of STD testing at home!
What’s Wrong With In-Person Testing?
Traditional in-person testing is still the tried-and-true way most people expect to be tested. It’s an efficient way to screen for STDs, but there is definitely some room for improvement.
For one, sitting in a packed waiting room can be downright unpleasant. Nobody likes the idea of running into someone they know at the clinic. Speaking of that crowded clinic, that wait can be awfully time consuming. Many of us don’t have the luxury of taking time off work for a routine checkup.
Beyond the “timing” issue, let’s talk about that awkward conversation. There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll need to discuss intimate details of your life with a medical professional. If revealing your deepest bedroom secrets to a stranger seems nerve-wracking, you are not alone. Fear and embarrassment are some prime reasons why many Americans choose to forgo ever being screened.
STD Testing at Home: A Better Way To Test
STD testing at home eliminates these worries. Using a service like myLAB Box, none of that stress is necessary. Simply click “order” and wait for a discreetly packaged testing kit to arrive at your door. As opposed to the dreary environment of a doctor’s office or clinic, myLAB Box’s tests allows you to test from the comfort of your house, dorm room or apartment.
STD testing at home offers you the flexibility to choose your own testing solution. You can order a test for a specific STD, or you can choose one of our multi-panel combination packs. These test combos, like the Total Box, Uber Box and Love Box, test for multiple common infections at once.
The contents of your home testing kit will vary, depending on what you’re testing for. All tests are performed by collecting samples of urine (men), a vaginal swab (women) or samples of blood (via a painless finger prick).
On the whole, here’s what you’ll find included in every package:
- The urine, vaginal swab and/or blood sample collection kit
- Easy-to-follow instructions
- A postage paid return envelope to send your samples in for testing
- Free 2-way shipping
- Fast and easy access to your results online
- A free telemedicine consultation with a physician in your state (in the event you test positive)
As you can see, we aim to make the testing process as simple as possible. Once you receive your package, it will only take five minutes to complete the included test. Upon completion, you can return it to our lab with the included pre-paid envelope. In a matter of days, you will receive your results online. For your own security and privacy, we make sure that you are the only person who has access to these lab-certified results.
Can I Use Insurance for STD Testing At Home?
As we mentioned, we take your privacy very seriously. Our STD testing at home service is specifically priced to remain affordable without the use of insurance.
This helps us to keep your data private and your STD testing cost low. We do currently accept FSA and HSA payment cards. Of course, there is no guarantee that your FSA or HSA card will be accepted, as these types of cards tend to have varying rules and regulations attached. However, most can use these cards when checking out just as they would with any other payment method.
Finally, myLAB Box is a fully integrated service. We offer everything from testing to treatment. If you test positive, myLAB Box offers a free phone consultation with certified STD counselors and physicians. If your state allows “telemedicine,” and most do, then you can even be prescribed treatment during this phone call. These free consultations save you the copay or out-of-pocket costs that are often necessary to get your results or treatment.
That’s it! STD testing at home is a brave new step for medicine and self-care. It allows you to take total control of your sexual health with a few simple clicks! A home testing kit from myLAB Box gives you accurate and timely results without the headaches of an in-person appointment. It’s the least stressful way to make a responsible choice for your health and earn total peace of mind.
If you need more information, please check out the myLAB Box FAQ page and the rest of this handy blog to learn more.