What are the Benefits and Drawbacks of STI Test Kits?

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What are STI Test Kits?


STI (sexually transmitted infections) test kits are becoming increasingly popular and accessible for people to use in the privacy of their own homes. These kits allow individuals to test themselves for common sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV, without having to visit a healthcare professional. In this blog post, we will discuss what STI test kits are, how they work, and the benefits and drawbacks of using them.

STI test kits typically contain everything you need to collect a sample at home and send it to a lab for analysis. The most common type of test involves collecting a urine sample, but some kits may also require a blood sample or a swab from the affected area. The sample is then sent to a lab for analysis, and the results are usually available within a few days.

What are the Benefits?


One of the main benefits of using an STI test kit is that it allows individuals to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes. This can be particularly beneficial for people who may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable discussing their sexual health with a healthcare professional. It can also be more convenient for people who may not have easy access to a healthcare provider or testing facility.

Another benefit of using an STI test kit is that it can provide fast and accurate results. Many kits are designed to provide results within a few days, which can be particularly helpful for people who are worried about their sexual health and want to know their status as soon as possible.


What are the Downsides?


However, there are also some drawbacks to using STI test kits. One of the main drawbacks is that they may not be as accurate as tests conducted by a healthcare professional. This is because the sample collection process can be more difficult to do correctly without the guidance of a healthcare provider. Additionally, the results may not be as reliable if the sample is not collected correctly.

Another potential drawback of using an STI test kit is that it may not provide the same level of support and advice that a healthcare professional can offer. If an individual receives a positive result, they may need further testing and treatment, which may be more difficult to obtain without the guidance of a healthcare professional.


How Does Applied InGENuity Diagnostics Overcome these Downsides?


Thankfully Applied InGENuity Diagnostics offers Test Kits that overcome the downsides that are listed above.

Our test kits come with very clear instructions so everyone can collect their samples correctly. Then once the sample is collected, it is put in a proper speciman transport bag. This means the sample will not be contaminated on the way back to our lab.

Also we offer virtual doctor’s visits for those that want to discuss their lab results. This will allow for patient’s to seek appropriate medical action after their results post.

Keep in mind, that not all test kit companies offer these options when buying test kits. Please make sure you look at all areas when shopping for test kits.

Closing Thoughts


In conclusion, STI test kits can be a convenient and accessible way for individuals to test themselves for sexually transmitted infections. However, it is important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks before deciding whether to use one. If you are considering using an STI test kit, it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional first to discuss your options and ensure that you receive the appropriate care and support.


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Jack Towers

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