Less than half of adults aged 18 to 44 have been tested for an STD other than HIV. With millions infected every year, the need for an alternative that will make testing easier and more convenient for those at risk is critical.
Healthcare startup Medcinity announces the launch of GetTested, a new at-home STD screening service. Catering to a new generation of consumers, GetTested, is a straight-to-consumer testing option that allows individuals to screen themselves on their own schedules and in the privacy of their own homes. No more inconvenient, uncomfortable trips to the health clinic.
GetTested kits screen for seven STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes (HSV 2), HIV, hepatitis C (HCV) and trichomoniasis. Many STDs are asymptomatic, which leaves many unaware they are infected. GetTested’s full panel test eliminates uncertainty and allows individuals to ensure they are free and clear of the most common STDs.
GetTested’s user-friendly test kits allow for easy collection of samples. Each kit is gender specific and includes either a vaginal swab collection kit or a urine collection kit, and a blood card. Samples can be collected within 10 minutes and mailed directly to a CLIA certified and CAP accredited laboratory for testing. Individuals are notified of the availability of their results via email within three to five days. Individuals can login and access these results online through a HIPAA compliant portal.
“STDs are an epidemic in our country and everyone who is sexually active is at risk. Current STD testing options simply aren’t helping solve the problem and often serve as a deterrent for those most at risk,” says Hannah Dela Cruz, spokesperson for GetTested. “By bringing an easy, at-home screening option to the market, GetTested seeks to bridge the gap between safeguarding sexual health and the convenience and privacy consumers desire.”
GetTested is a member of the PWNHealth network, a leading provider of lab connectivity, compliance, and patient outreach solutions. In the event of an HIV positive result, individuals will receive a phone consultation with a physician at no additional cost.
GetTested is currently available nationwide, except Alaska and Hawaii. Test kits are priced at $199 and include a full panel test, shipping, and a medical consultation, if needed. Individuals can purchase test kits through www.GetTested.com.