Test yourself for common STDs from the comfort of your own home.
Fans of nookie already know the importance of getting tested on the regular for STDs, especially since as many as 80 percent of people carrying a sexually transmitted infection may not show symptoms. (Cue “Psycho Strings.”) But no matter how health conscious you are, it’s easy to let trips to the clinic fall by the wayside—you know, since they’re a total drag.
Fortunately, you can now test yourself for common STDs at home (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and HIV) with myLAB Box: It’s the first online STD home testing service that’s available in all 50 states, and offers the same accuracy as in-office tests for half the price.
“STD testing has historically been riddled with high costs, inefficiencies and a sub-par customer experience which fueled our resolve to transform it,” Lora Ivanova, co-founder and CMO of myLAB Box, said in a statement. “Our motto, ‘Safe is Sexy,’ reiterates our mission to help people feel a sense of empowerment from making proactive choices about their own sexual health. Getting tested should be an easy, repeatable process. myLAB Box’s online experience is a vital step to better healthcare to anyone in the United States.”
The kits range in price from $79 to $189, depending on if you’re testing for more than one STD, and can be self-administered in as little as five minutes. Simply order a kit from the myLAB Box website, which will be sent to you in uber-discreet packaging, and mail back a small urine, swab, or blood prick sample in the self-addressed envelope provided. You’ll receive your lab-certified results back electronically in a matter of days.
In the event of a positive result, myLAB Box has trained STD counselors on standby to provide guidance and explain potential treatment options. Obvi, at-home screenings for common STDs shouldn’t replace regular visits to your doc, but it’s a convenient and affordable way to stay on top of your health when you’re crunched for time or strapped for cash—or both.
There are approximately 110 million Americans living with a viral STD today, according to The Center for Disease Control, which left untreated can lead to lifelong health problems. What’s even scarier is that most common STDs have no symptoms or they’re too minor to notice. Early detection is everything, and myLAB Box is dedicated to improving these scary stats and empowering us to do the same.
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