Technology has changed modern lives a lot and not always in a positive way. One positive improvement provided by technology is the advancement made in the area of medical diagnostic tools. Tests that once had to be conducted at a doctors office can now be conducted at home. STD testing, in particular, is now easy and discreet thanks to at home STD kits.
What Are STD Kits
There are a number of sexually transmitted diseases that can be tested for at home using at home test kits for all common STDs. These kits contain all the medical tools you need to collect the required fluid sample for testing. Depending on the disease being tested for, the fluids collected are blood, urine, or a vaginal swab. Instructions contained within the kit will explain how to properly collect the required sample. There will also be instructions and tools to prepare the sample for transport to the laboratory conducting the test. So, in actuality, the test is conducted at an outside laboratory, but the samples are drawn from home instead of a doctors office.
There are several companies that manufacture the kits. Generally, they all work the same way, but there are some differences between each company.
There is a vast array of at home medical diagnostic tools that have been approved by the FDA. STD testing kits are one of these approved diagnostic tools. This government approval has opened the door for a number of companies to enter this market. The majority of which are all legal and legitimate. However, there is always opportunist in a new industry. Do some due diligence to be sure that the company you choose is FDA approved to manufacture these diagnostic tools.
The best way to verify the legitimacy of a company is to research the laboratory where the actual test will be conducted. A legitimate laboratory must conform to certain standards. They must be FDA approved and HIPAA compliment. It is recommended that every laboratory used is also CLIA certified and CAP accredited. If a laboratory does not have these certifications and credentials, the legitimacy of both the laboratory and the company manufacturing the kit should be called into question. It is quite easy to verify these details.
It is important to be able to verify, conveniently and discreetly, your STD status. You can have confidence in the methods used to collect samples as they have been tested and FDA approved. Legitimate companies partner with certified laboratories to conduct testing. The accuracy is not 100%, but it is typically 95% accurate or better. It is an excellent way to stay current on your STD testing.