Over 1 in 2 Americans will contract an STD at some point in their lives. So, it is important to check in on your sexual health periodically if you are a sexually active adult.
You can test for STDs by going to a clinic or doctor’s office, or, you can even order at-home test kits that will measure for the most common STDs.
Even if you want to test for an STD from home due to the ease of it, it is still important to seek medical care, notify partners, and let your doctor know about any positive result, or if you have any ongoing symptoms.
Below, we will cover the basics of at-home STD test kits including where you can purchase an at-home STD test kit, why you may want to test for STDs at home, the common signs and symptoms of STDs, the collection and results process, what is included in our Strut Sexual Health Test Kits, and what you can do with your results.
There may be a few places online where you can purchase an STD test kit. Just be careful that the source seems reputable to ensure that the kit itself is in-date and functional, and being run through a certified laboratory.
Here at Strut Health, we are a doctor-founded telemedicine company that works with a certified lab to process the test results of our at-home STD test kits. We also offer hormone test kits and a test kit for common respiratory viruses. There is no prescription needed, so all you have to do is add the kit you want to your cart, and check out. The shipping, processing, and results reporting are all included in the cost of your kit.
At Strut Health, we offer 2 levels of STD tests.
The Sexual Health Urine Panel tests for 3 STDs; Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, & Trichomoniasis. This is a urine sample test, and only costs $119.
The Comprehensive Sexual Health Panel tests for 6 STDS; Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis C, HIV, & Syphilis. This test consists of both a urine sample test as well as a finger-prick blood-spot test. This panel costs $159.
For all panels, the results are discreetly delivered directly to you via email.
It is important to be responsible when it comes to your sexual health to help prevent the spread of STDs (or STIs).
If you are sexually active, it is a good idea to periodically check in on your sexual health. Some people also do not experience symptoms from having an STD, making occasional sexual health testing even more important.
With an at-home collection kit, you can test yourself as needed with a convenient and discreet at-home method.
Not everyone who has an STD (or STI) will experience symptoms from it.
But, if you do, the following signs and symptoms may indicate an STD may be present and it is a good idea to get yourself checked out: pain during sex, pelvic pain, pain or a burning sensation when urinating, vaginal itching, vaginal bleeding (after sex or when not on period), increased or abnormal discharge, and ulcers or sores on or near the genitals.
The collection kit process is fast and easy. Once you place the order for your kit through Strut, your kit will be shipped to your home or designated address.
Then, you will follow all the instructions included in your kit to collect your sample. You will then repackage your sample into the same box and label it with the enclosed return label.
Drop your sample kit off at a FedEx drop-off location or schedule a pick-up.
Lastly, your sample will be run at the lab and you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in and review or download your results.
The Sexual Health Urine Panel kit is a urine collection kit. In this kit, you will recieve the following to collect and ship back your sample: Urine sample collection cup with lid, Sample transport tube, Biohazard bag, Barcode label, Alcohol pad, Return shipping bag, and Return shipping label. (The urine collection kit includes preservatives in order to maintain your sample for up to 48 hours during transit.)
The Comprehensive Sexual Health Panel is a urine collection as well as a finger-prick blood-spot collection kit. So, you will receive all of the above components for the urine sample collection, as well as the components for the blood-spot collection.
The blood collection device consists of a blood collection card that contains a special membrane that separates the red blood cells from the blood serum. Once the blood sample is placed in the designated area and fully dried on the blood collection card, the blood collection card is placed into the sample return pouch and is mailed to the testing laboratory.
Some people may want to check for these STDs (STIs) periodically for their own peace of mind, because they are experiencing symptoms, or to share with a partner or their healthcare provider.
The results will be discreetly delivered directly to you electronically. The results are fully downloadable, so you can share the results with your doctors.
If you receive a positive test, we advise you to seek medical care for treatment as soon as possible and let any current or recent sexual partners know.
These tests are not a substitute for medical care, and you should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms or health issues, even if the kit shows that you do not have a positive result.