Announcement: 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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What is hepatitis?

by admin on December 1, 2014

Hepatitis virus

Hepatitis is a diseased condition of liver due to chronic and acute inflammation.  It can be two types — acute and chronic.

In  acute hepatitis, the condition is mostly self-limiting. After a few week, the condition passes away without much medication. The damage to liver may or may not be there. Most people make a full recovery and then remain immune from further HAV infections.

But in  chronic hepatitis, condition of liver erodes day by day and ends in permanent scarring. If not treated well, the acute condition progresses to fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer.

Causes of Hepatitis

There are two main causes — toxic intakes and viral infection specific to liver.

Our liver plays a very important role in food digestion and assimilation. It’s the “Chemical Laboratory”  of our body. If any poison or toxins enter our body, liver is the organ to save us. It is designed to break down poisonous substances into manageable chemicals and throw them safely out of our body. In this way drugs, alcohol, toxic substances are prevented from damaging our body.

Now, about the viruses that can cause hepatitis.

There are 5 different viruses that can cause hepatitis. They are referred to as hepatitis virus type A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis virus types B and C cause chronic hepatitis in hundreds of millions of people. They are the common cause of  liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Hepatitis virus A and E cause acute hepatitis. They enter our body through ingestion of contaminated food or water, infected body fluid, and other plant and animal toxins. Receipt of contaminated blood transfusion, invasive medical procedures using contaminated equipment are some of the other modes of transmission of hepatitis viruses. Hepatitis B can transmit from mother to baby during gestation and at birth, from a close family member or relative to child, and also by intimate sexual contact. This is the reason, Hepatitis is  considered an STD.

Hepatitis symptoms

Hepatitis symptoms are very mild, almost imperceptible, in the first stage, when there is no major damage to liver.

  • Flu like symptoms
  • Mild to high fever — 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Feeling of being unwell
  • Headaches related to indigestion
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin as in Jaundice

Symptoms of chronic hepatitis can include:

  • Feeling unusually tired all the time
  • Depression
  • Chronic Jaundice
  • A general sense of feeling unwell

What are the different hepatitis viruses?

So far, science have identified 5 unique hepatitis viruses, ranging from hepatitis A to E. Primarily, all of them cause diseased conditions of liver, but that’s not all. In chronic conditions they can affect other areas of our body.

Hepatitis A virus, HAV, primarily enters our body through alimentary canal, through consumption of contaminated water or food. Certain types of raw or uncooked food are the carriers of this virus too. The virus remains present in the faeces of infected persons thereafter, but gradually it can permeate to other parts of body. Even organs pertaining to urinary and reproductive functions are infected in chronic conditions. So, HAV can also spread through sexual contact.

In some cases of HAV the patient makes a full recovery after a few weeks, but in some cases the condition worsens and becomes life threatening. With better living conditions such as clean living with better sanitation, clean food and drinking water can keep an HAV infection away. We have a vaccine for HAV that can prevent the disease altogether.

Hepatitis B virus, HBV, is transmitted through exposure to infected body fluids such as infective blood, blood plasma, and semen.  HBV causes congenital hepatitis, mostly from mother to child. It can transmit through needle pricks infected with HBV. HBV also has an effective vaccine.

Hepatitis C virus, HCV,  mainly transmits through infected blood or blood related products . The reasons of transmission is same as HBV but mostly limited to blood and blood related infections. Transmission through sex or semen is very rare, but can’t be rules out. So far, there is no vaccine for HCV.

Hepatitis D virus, HDV, can infect people who are already infected with HBV. If somebody is infected with both HDV and HBV, he is in a very serious health condition. The outcome is very unpredictable.  HDV doesn’t have a separate vaccine, it can be protected with the same vaccine used for HBV prevention.

Hepatitis E virus, HEV,  transmits through  contaminated food and water,  just as HAV.  HEV is the predominant cause of hepatitis outbreaks in developed countries, but developing countries are not free from its infection. HEV has a preventive, a safe vaccine but, this is not yet widely available for all.

 

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