With STD, STI, and Chlamydia rates on the rise, regular STD testing is a crucial element of the fight against the spread of STDs and STIs. While doctors offer blood tests to test for STDs like Chlamydia, many people fear the social stigma that accompanies such testing and instead will avoid being tested. Partly in response to this, and partly in response to the need for increased accessibility of STD testing, STD and Chlamydia home test kits have emerged on the market.
Home STD Test Kits
The appeal of home STD and STI test kits is that they come with complete anonymity and convenience. A person simply needs to find a reputable lab site online, check their accuracy rates to ensure reliability, and place their order. The test will be delivered to their home in a discreet envelope. The STD and STI home test kits can test for a variety of diseases and infections like HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Herpes. To be tested, most tests will require only a small sample of urine, saliva, or blood. The kit will come with complete instructions on how to collect, store, and send the sample back into the lab. Generally, the lab-certified results will be delivered within a week electronically. Some lab sites also offer a follow-up doctor consultation call for individuals with positive results.
Who Should be Tested
When it comes to containing the spread of STIs and STDs, anyone who is engaging in unprotected sex, especially with multiple partners, should undergo regular testing. This is not just to protect the individual, but also to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. This is particularly important as several STDs and STIs don’t show symptoms, so people can be carriers for a number of years without realizing it and can be spreading it to subsequent sexual partners. STIs like Chlamydia is very common with approximately one in 12 young people infected in the States alone. Chlamydia shows no symptoms, and left untreated can cause serious health issues, including infertility. It is recommended that regular STD testing is undertaken a minimum of every 12 months and should be done every time a sexual partner is changed.
How to Avoid STDs and STIs
The only way to fully avoid exposure to STDs and STIs is through abstinence. When engaging in sexual intercourse, including oral sex, condoms should always be worn. If you are entering into a new relationship, don’t be afraid to request that that person undergoes testing prior to becoming sexual. It can be a difficult conversation to initiate, but if protection is your priority, it is one you will have to consider. Protect yourself and every future partner by committing to safe sex and regular STD and STI testing.