STD Testing Blueprint

by admin on April 15, 2013

If you are considering to have STD testing because you’re not  sure of  a possible STI, it sure is the right thing to do.

There is no need to feel mortified or to spend sleepless nights over the issue. These tests are:

  • Simple
  • Hassle free
  • Anonymous
  • Affordable

After the test results are known,  you know exactly what to do if you test positive.

 

3 types of STD Testing

1. Anonymous lab testing near your home

It’s always the best to visit a nearby lab and get your STD testing. Even if you have to come out of your comfort zone for this type of testing, you should opt for this.

We have more than 4000 labs all around. All you have to do is check for the nearby lab location as per your ZIP code. You can use the search window to your right.

Then select the type of testing you want to undergo.

For the first-timers, it’s advisable to undergo all the tests.

The reason to undergo a complete STD test  is to ensure that you are free from all types of STIs. It’s possible when you conduct all the tests in one go.

The benefits are:

  • Combined, these tests cost a fraction of the cost if you undergo all these tests one by one.
  • It’s easy as you can collect the samples once.
  • It saves a lot of time and cost involved in commuting.

Then, select the time of testing and register.

All our registration is code based, so no one other than you knows the type of testing  you are about to undergo.

If you test positive for any of the STDs, then you can get professional advice at our labs.

 

Lab testing order button

 

2. Sending test samples to a lab

If you don’t want to visit a lab to submit the samples personally, you can ask for a sampling kit during registration. An appropriate kit, as per your selected test package will arrive at your door step by post.

You’ve to collect the samples in the sample bottles. All the instructions are enclosed with the kit. It’s easy because you’ve to collect samples as directed. See the video below to get further information on how to collect the test samples.

 

 

After you’ve collected the samples, seal it with the transparent pack provided and put it into the dispatch container. Never drop it into a mailbox, hand it over at the post office.

After the testing is complete, you would be intimated either by email or by phone as per your preference at the time of registration.

The only disadvantage with these types of STD testing is it’s takes a bit of more time.

 

Sample collection order button

 

3. STD Testing at home with a home STD test kit

This is the easiest type of STD testing of all three.

If you don’t like any hassle of involvement with any lab, then a complete home std test kit. You get everything you will ever need to carry out the tests at home. These kits are as simple as a home pregnancy test or ovulation test kit.

These are instant or rapid test kits and overall duration of a test is not more than 5 to 15 minutes depending upon the type of test.

 

 

Home test kit order button

Why not a free STD testing?

If you’re considering a free STD testing, you can go ahead, but most likely you wouldn’t like the outcome. First, you’re not sure of  the test results. Second, it’s not anonymous. Free things come with its own dose of inconveniences.

What’s the solution?

Private STD Testing.  You pay for  results which you can trust.

Free STD testing is not anonymous because the testing agencies have to report the outcome of your test. In private STD testing, the agencies report neither your STD testing nor the test results to anybody, not even to your insurance agency. However, if you want to get a medi-claim, you can get an invoice to settle your claim.

There’re 3 distinct ways to get your STD testing done.

 

For “how-to-use information” on  instant STD test kits  click here

 

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orasure hiv test types

The Orasure HIV test can be conducted in two ways. First, with the Oraquick  rapid HIV test kit. You can buy this kit and conduct a test at home. These kits are available online and are suitable for an  Insti HIV test  in less than half an hour.

Second, the  “oral mucosal transudate testing.” You have to use sample of oral mucus obtained with a cotton pad, specially treated, that is placed between the cheek and lower gum, preferably for two minutes. Then this sample is sent to a lab to undergo an ELISA procedure. If tested positive for ELISA, these samples undergo a Western Blot test which is a confirmatory test. The same pad is used for the WB test too.

The Orasure HIV test is the fastest and the easiest. An accurate STD test in 20 minutes! It can’t be faster than that. No driving to a test lab and no registration hassles. No stress of being exposed and no need to answer embarrassing questions. With a Oraquick HIV test kit at hand, testing is just a snap. Looking for an Insti HIV test? Look no further.

Pros:

The OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody test kit  is designed to detect  antibodies  to HIV-1 and HIV-2. On an average, it takes not more than 20 minutes to deliver a result that can be as reliable as it can get. It provides more than 99% accuracy which betters the standard test accuracy in HIV testing.

Flexibility in testing is the main advantage of an Orasure HIV test. This makes it ideal for test in non-traditional testing environments. Guess what the mobile testing clinics use? So, there is no better solution for outreach programs offered by NGOs, institutions, and other non-profit organizations.

Why are these kits patient preferred? Well, what do patients hate most? Needles. These kits offer patients a pain less accurate HIV result without the need for blood or needles.

What makes it ideal for both clinical and home testing environment is it’s designed to use a wide range of specimens for both HIV-1 and HIV-2. It’s approved for oral fluids or any other mucosal swabs which makes it ideal for non-clinical settings. For clinical use it’s ideal too, because it can use finger-sticks or venipuncture whole blood specimens as well as blood plasma. Most of the test labs who send a kit home for HIV testing, send a Oraquick HIV test kit.

This kits are FDA approved, so they are safe to use. You can rest assured that you are not going to get scammed by a junk kit.

Cons:

The disadvantages are very negligible looking at the positives.

A test within the window period tests non-reactive or negative. You must know the date of infection to ascertain the window period.

These kits are not widely available and it takes time, sometimes pre-ordering, to get one delivered at home.

A positive result with an Orasure test kits does not mean that you are definitely infected with HIV. So also, a negative result doesn’t mean that you are definitely not infected. There are reasons for these. These kits look for antibodies of HIV-1 and HIV-2. When the exposure is recent, particularly when it may have been within the last 3 months, in all certainty there are not enough antibodies developed. In such conditions you test negative.

Precautions:

A negative test result doesn’t guarantee a future immunity. If you regularly engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV, you must test regularly.

Don’t use this kit to arrive at a decision, such as using a condom is safe or so and so method is safe because you got a negative test result. These are wrong analogies and this may put you at increased risk for HIV.

Note: The saliva pack contains antibodies to HIV only, not HIV itself. HIV can’t be transmitted through these fluids.

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