My Experience with an at Home STD Test Kit
This is a sponsored post written by TheGayTripper on behalf of LetsGetChecked.com
Being sexually active brings responsibility – even if you’re on PreP. But finding the time to get tested can be difficult, especially in parts of the country where STD testing isn’t made easy or affordable. That’s where LetsGetChecked comes in.
How it Works
About a decade ago we heard, “There’s an app for that.” Today, based on the LetsGetChecked catalog, it’s more apt to say, “There’s a test for that.” Because among chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV – you’ll find STD tests for HSV-1 and 2, gardnerella, trichomoniasis, and more. The kit I’m unboxing was the “Complete 10” version, which tested for:
- HIV (I, II, P24 antigen)
- Herpes Simplex Virus I & II
Additional tests are available for Hepatitis B & C – and all of the above are found in a range of kits if you’d rather test for some instead of the full ten.
It’s important to note, that the collection method for most of these tests is urine and blood. Receptive partners should ask LGC’s customer service for anal and throat swabs for the most accurate results.
Readers of TheGayTripper can get 20% off all tests using my LetsGetChecked discount code TRIPPER20 at checkout.
Taking the Test
Both online and via the kit, you’ll find detailed instructions for performing the test. I found the mobile and desktop versions to be equally helpful. But I do recommend reading carefully. The kit comes with just one tube for each sample – and you’ll want to make sure everything is done correctly.
Urine testing doesn’t differ much from what you’re used to in the doctor’s office. But instead of going right into the cup, you’ll pee into a plastic-lined box – which you’ll dump into a vial. The blood test, however, is where most people could have trouble. So just remember: gravity is your friend. Prick your finger and make sure your hand is beneath your heart when you’re trying to deposit the blood. Even those afraid of needles will find the blood sample relatively pain-free. But don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you’re new to the process, everything should take less than 30 minutes from unboxing – to boxing it up. But I don’t recommend doing this on a lunch break. Make sure you have plenty of time to do complete the kit accurately.
The total time from ordering a kit to receiving results was less than 10 days – the majority of the wait comes after shipping off your completed test. But this is still in line – if not faster – than the results you’ll get at many local clinics.
Depending on which tests you selected, a nurse will call to go over everything before the results go up on your LetsGetChecked dashboard. If necessary, you can get a prescription filled at the pharmacy of your choosing.