Whether you call them sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), STDs can be embarrassing to talk about. This embarrassment can lead people to delay or forgo testing altogether. In response to this problem, at home testing kits are beginning to gain in popularity and acceptance. But is this the best option for you? Before you consider ordering a home STD test, learn the basics and decide for yourself.
Yes, some at home testing kits are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, various companies have sold home STD tests over the years that were not FDA approved, so be careful and make sure that you do your research before you buy STD test kits.
Once you receive the home testing kit, you will need to provide a urine sample or genital swab and send it into a laboratory for testing. Typically, results are provided within a matter of days, and you do not ever need to step foot into a testing center.
However, it is important to note that home testing kits have a higher rate of false positives than traditional STD tests, meaning that you are more likely to get a positive result even if you are not infected. If you receive a positive result, you should consult with your health care provider to confirm the test and provide treatment.