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Safe is Sexy: “Get Yourself Tested” campaign returns to Conn, offers free STD testing

This Thursday, April 29, is Connecticut College’s annual Get Yourself Tested (GYT) day. From 9-5pm students can go to the Student Health Center and get tested for gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV for free.

GYT Day is a collaboration between the Office of Student Wellness, Student Health Services and the State of Connecticut. The GYT campaign started last year at Connecticut College.

According to Director of Health and Wellness CC Curtiss, “The program went so well last year that the state decided to continue funding it for college campuses.”

On a national scale, Planned Parenthood, MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined together during the month of April, National STD Awareness Month, to promote STD testing. Approximately 19 million new cases of preventable STDs occur every year in the United States. The GYT campaign urges that we spread awareness that a simple test can protect our health and even save lives.

Curtiss said, “The event de-stigmatizes STD/HIV testing, eliminates any financial barriers and promotes sexual health.”
So where does this stigma come from? One student spoke frankly, saying that talking about STDs is a really uncomfortable subject that people try to avoid constantly.

“No one wants to talk about STDs, which is a huge problem. You should be able to say to whomever you’re having sex with, ‘look I have this, and we need to be safe.’ But no one says that because they don’t want to be embarrassed.”
According to the CDC, sexually transmitted diseases pose a serious public health threat in the United States, particularly to women and young people. STDs also disproportionately affect African Americans and Hispanics in comparison to whites. Accordingly, approximately one in two sexually active young people will contract an STD by age 25, and most will be unaware of it. The consequences can be serious; chlamydia and gonorrhea, for example, are the two most commonly reported infectious diseases in the United States, and if left untreated, can lead to infertility.

Curtiss reminds that, “There are amazing resources at the Student Health Center; we want to encourage students to take charge of their sexual health and not wait for a health care provider to start the conversation.”

GYT stands for Get Yourself Tested and Get Yourself Talking to remove the stigma of talking about STDs with your partner, your healthcare provider and your parents. This stigma, coupled with costs, fear of a positive result, fear of needles associated with testing, and confidentiality are all reasons people choose not to get tested. However, testing is easy and painless, and there are no needles involved. All STDs are treatable, all results are confidential and it’s free.

One female student who chose to remain anonymous said that, “Get Yourself Talking is maybe one of the most vital aspects of this kind of campaign because the stigma that surrounds STDs inhibits people from talking about them and really perpetuates the spread of STDs. If people were more comfortable and could talk more freely about it, people could be more careful and aware.”

In addition to GYT Day, another anonymous student suggested, “Having panels or workshops that address this issue, or a lecturer that will make people more comfortable would help de-stigmatize talking about STDs.” However she thinks GYT day is a good start, “It’s good to just promote and have signs around for people to see. This is something that is important to talk about and GYT day reaffirms that.”

ShouldIGetSTDTested.com Experts Recommend Getting to Know Your Sexual Health Risk

Online educational forum and clinic offers free partner tests April 1-7 for National STD Awareness month

CHICAGO, March 31 /PRNewswire/ — To increase one’s sexual health awareness and to draw national attention to an increasingly important issue, visitors to ShouldIGetSTDTested.com can learn about their health risk and encourage their partner to get tested.

When one orders up to eight of the most common tests for sexually transmitted diseases, a partner can order the same tests free during the week of April 1-6. This initiative is a move to encourage the conversation about sexual health between partners. The educational site’s companion site for ordering tests, getSTDtested.com, is offering the free tests to highlight April as national STD awareness month.

Increasing the awareness of one particular STD, singer Lady Gaga recently agreed to help MAC AIDS Fund promote HIV testing. Lady Gaga emphasizes the importance of overall sexual health when speaking for the Fund. “Use protection, and be selective and strong about those you love,” she said. “Your body is sacred, and it’s OK to say no. Make your partners get tested, go together: it will only make your relationship stronger and healthier.”

A recent MAC AIDS Fund-sponsored poll of 1,000 American women indicates:

* 73 percent do not know their current HIV status
* 78 percent say they’ve had unprotected sex
* Over half say they have never had an HIV test
* Nearly six in 10 believe they are in a monogamous relationship and don’t get tested

The informative and innovative sites, ShouldIGetSTDTested.com and STDUniversity.org provide interactive, personalized STD test recommendations developed by academic and medical experts. The recommendations include screening guidelines from authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The assessment delivers a personalized test recommendation for the most common and prevalent STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The president of the nation’s oldest STD education and advocacy organization agrees that testing is a crucial component in addressing the epidemic. “Determining one’s risk for infection is extremely important, as most cases of STDs are unrecognized and undiagnosed,” says Lynn Barclay, president of the American Social Health Association. Barclay says partners should have open, frank discussions before having sex. “We’ve helped millions of people learn how to protect themselves, and also to talk to their partners and know what to do if they have an STD or sexually transmitted infection. Sexual health is important . We all have a responsibility to protect it,” she says.

Once your risk is determined, expert medical recommendations from the online site narrow the focus to specific tests based on one’s lifestyle and national statistics.

“No matter the age, anyone who is sexually active should consider testing. Getting tested is the first step in helping to control the spread of chlamydia, HIV and other common STDs. Make it a routine part of your medical care and discuss it with your partner. When opportunities arise for free screening, take advantage of the opportunity to actively maintain your sexual health,” says Dr. Barbara Van Der Pol of Indiana University Department of Medicine.

The options for learning about appropriate tests and ordering them in a trusted virtual environment are increasing as consumers get extremely comfortable with doing things online.

“Our personal test recommendation tools were developed and reviewed by academic, medical and health experts in response to concerns that consumers were being forced to guess what STD tests they needed. Public health officials complain that some online tools may wrongly guide consumers to test for all STDs. We do not believe in creating unnecessary fear or ordering unnecessary tests. Our expert-based recommendations are convenient and anonymous,” says Tracey Powell, CEO of getSTDtested.com the testing arm of the educational sites ShouldIGetSTDTested.com and STDUniversity.org.

About STDUniversity.org

STDUniversity.org is organized as a 501-c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide edutainment-based non-judgmental information about sexually transmitted diseases. It is the first online site to provide an interactive, personalized STD test recommendation developed by academic and medical experts.

About getSTDtested.com & ShouldIGetSTDTested.com

As more consumers turn to the internet for health information, getSTDtested.com is setting the gold standard for online STD awareness and testing, helping to destigmatize, prevent, and control sexually transmitted diseases. The online confidential clinic makes it easy for individuals at risk for STDs to get confidential diagnostic testing as well as professional and peer-to-peer referrals. Visit getSTDtested.com, ShouldIGetSTDTested.com and the sponsored webisode series at OmissionTheMovie.com.

Contact: Kellee Johnson, 312.751.3959 or [email protected]

CONTACT: Kellee Johnson, +1-312-751-3959, [email protected], for getSTDtested.com

How An At-Home STD Testing Company Protects Your Privacy

Many people are wise enough to recognize the importance of STD testing. However, when it comes to taking this important step, plenty will shy away for one major reason; privacy, or lack thereof. Medical professionals are required, by law, to report certain positive STD findings to the appropriate health agencies, according to state law. While the “lack of privacy” issue is an understandable impediment for some, it doesn’t negate the importance of STD testing.

Tracey Powell, a businessman with a solid knowledge of the health care industry and an entrepreneurial spirit, recently decided that he wanted to help people torn between the desire to learn the truth about their health and the need to protect their privacy. To this end, he founded getSTDtested.com, an online company that enables customers to order and get the results of their STD tests in a manner that does not compromise their privacy. So how does Tracey do it?

First, let’s review some facts. There are very few states within the country that allow for anonymous STD testing. In most places, STD reporting is mandatory; so if a person comes up positive for an infectious disease, then the facility or health care professional responsible for reporting such results must name the affected party. Many people choose, for the sake of financial convenience, to get tested for STDs through their insurance companies. However, in doing so, they run the risk of having their identities divulged in the event that their results come up as positive for certain diseases. After all, their identities can easily be verified based on the insurance information provided, making privacy in such situations rather difficult to come by.

Fortunately, getSTDtested.com works very differently. For starters, every customer can log onto a website and indicate which STDs he would like to be tested for. The customer will then either be sent an at-home kit for the collection of a sample, or be directed to a testing facility. If a laboratory visit is necessary, then a medical professional at getSTDtested.com will generate a requisition form with a patient ID number that corresponds to the customer’s testing request and email address. The requisition form will never identify the customer by name; it will simply assign an ID number for internal verification and test result interpretation purposes. After the customer’s sample is collected (whether it be in person or via mail-in kit), it will be analyzed by laboratory professionals, and once the test results are available, they will be provided to the customer. If a customer is found to have an STD, then those responsible for compliance will inform the appropriate agencies of their findings. However, since patient identifiers are limited to randomly-assigned ID numbers and email addresses, the most that they’ll ever be able to report is the fact that a certain unknown person was found to be infected with a specific disease.

But can’t test results be linked to customer credits cards? Absolutely not; as part of its policy, getSTDtested.com never requires a customer name in conjunction with a credit card number used to pay for testing. Since mandatory reporting requirements only cover STD occurrences, not payment data, getSTDtested.com is not obliged to provide credit card purchase information to the proper authorities. Furthermore, the system is such that there is no viable way to link specific credit card payments to the identities of those being tested. After all, a person can get tested for STDs but pay for such services using a relative’s credit card; so even if the credit card data could be tracked (which it can’t), it won’t be able to serve as proof that a particular person was found to have been infected with an STD.

Now it’s important to understand that this system works because getSTDtested.com will always abide by state law. Since the company purposely avoids verifying patient identifications, it is limited in what information it can reasonably share. In other words, getSTDtested.com professionals won’t break the law, but they can’t provide information that they simply do not have. Therefore, they can fulfill their reporting obligations by providing the email addresses and ID numbers of those found to be infected; items that cannot be traced to specific customers. Of course, for privacy purposes, customers do have to be smart about what information they provide; but all a customer really has to do is create an email account that isn’t “first name_last name,” and the government will never be any wiser in the event that there’s something to report.

STD testing is certainly a sensitive matter, so it’s natural to want to protect your identity throughout the process. Thanks to getSTDtested.com, you can get the facts about your health without ever having to surrender your privacy.

College age females can “Kiss Chlamydia Goodbye” for Valentine’s Day

getSTDtested.com provides discount for confidential, convenient, testing and treatment services

CHICAGO – February 11, 2010 – getSTDtested.com, a physician driven, STD testing and treatment online clinic today announced a campaign called “Kiss Chlamydia Goodbye” to encourage young women to take action to prevent chlamydia.

Chlamydia is an infection that is easy to diagnose and readily cured with antibiotic treatment. The campaign to “Kiss Chlamydia Goodbye” responds to a call to action by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force that all sexually active females 24-years of age and younger should be screened annually.

Chlamydia infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease, responsible for a record 1.1 million cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2007. CDC experts estimate that twice that many cases go undetected. Left untreated, chlamydia can cause infertility or potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies. But many women aren’t aware they are exposed until years later when they try to have a baby and may run into problems.

Through February 28, getSTDtested.com is offering 18-24-year-old females and their partners a $20.00 discount for testing and treatment services by visiting Kiss ChlamydiaGoodbye.com. The chlamydia test is conducted with a urine sample collected in home or at a convenient service center and then tested at the nation’s leading diagnostic laboratory. For individuals with positive results, physicians provide counsel and treat inexpensively with antibiotics.

“Our site, getSTDtested.com, launched last May. Since then, chlamydia has become one of the top three requested tests on the site. There is definitely a need for more screening when nearly 58% of young women in the U.S. are not doing so. It only requires a simple urine test. getSTDtested.com has physician counselors available to discuss the results if desired,” says Tracey Powell, CEO of getSTDtested.com.

Today there are 17 million students1 enrolled in college, 9.9 million of which are females between 18-24 years old. Many don’t think to ask about chlamydia because there are few symptoms. The majority of young women do not know their chlamydia status. The Partnership for Prevention reported last year that the chlamydia screening rate was 41.6 percent in 2007. Testing is available at some campus clinics, yet many students do not always want to use these services. Additionally, many campuses don’t have clinic services available.

The National Chlamydia Coalition suggests numerous reasons why young adults should get tested:

  • Chlamydia is extremely common with 9.7% of freshman college students infected an there are three million new cases annually
  • Chlamydia facilitates transmission of HIV in both males and females
  • 40% of untreated chlamydia infections lead to inflammatory disease and 20% of these cases lead to infertility
  • Chlamydia is readily and inexpensively treated with antibiotics

Couples can learn from one young woman’s story that is featured in the short movie, “The O Mission,” sponsored by getSTDtested.com. A college-age rock singer at risk for chlamydia goes online for health information, as 51% of adults 18-64 years do in a year2. There, she and many of her peers are comfortable searching for answers. She gets expert advice at getSTDtested.com’s online forum and is provided convenient access to physician-connected testing and counseling services.

About Get STD Tested
GetSTDtested.com is an online STD awareness and testing site, helping to destigmatize, prevent, and control the 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases that occur each year in the U.S. The site is the first confidential online clinic to receive the American Social Health Association seal of approval. It gives consumers direct access to STD testing and counseling solutions based on a medical and health expert developed personalized test recommendation. Visit getSTDtested.com, its webisode series, OmissionTheMovie.com, KissChlamydiaGoodbye.com, and STDUniversity.org for a free, interactive, personalized test recommendation.

¹American College Health Association

²CDC National Health Interview Survey April 2009

Contact: Kellee Johnson, 312.751.3959 or [email protected]

Online, personalized STD test recommendation is the first developed by a national team of academic and medical experts targeted to college students and young adults

STDUniversity.org features an interactive, expert-based approach to STD testing

CHICAGO – February 9, 2010 – STDUniversity.org is the first website to provide an interactive, personalized STD test recommendation developed by academic and medical experts. This expert-based tool incorporates screening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF).

Researchers report that more than two-thirds of all STDs occur in young adults age 25 and younger¹, and according to Lynn Barclay, president of the American Social Health Association,

STD rates among young people are at epidemic levels.

Consider further that a recent Harvard University study² published in the journal Pediatrics found that 40% of parents bring up sex only after students become sexually active. College students and other young adults who are sexually active don’t commonly access health care professionals for STD information and testing. Students are increasingly turning to peers and the internet for information and testing options.

STDUniversity.org is organized in a university format with rich media experiences for the under-25 crowd. There are departments, faculty, courses and events available on the site, all for the purpose of delivering engaging and useful STD information and testing resources. The interactive test recommendation at STDUniversity.org is designed to emulate a professional pre-test counseling discussion. This assessment delivers a personalized recommendation for testing of the most common and prevalent STDs including Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

STDUniversity.org also provides expert advice, short movies and free music downloads to enhance learning in a contemporary, non-commercial, non-judgmental way. The sitefeatures clips from the short movie, “The O Mission.” In one clip, a college-age rock singer at risk for Chlamydia goes online, where she and many of her peers are comfortable searching for answers. She gets expert advice to sort her risk and to learn to manage the situation. Students completing the test recommendation at STDUniversity.org get two free downlaoadable songs from the band “Lip Tease” that performed the original soundtrack of “The O Mission,” and can select appropriate tests online at getSTDtested.com.

This age group is at ease with receiving information electronically, including STD testing information. “One of Detroit’s most successful programs led us to determine that text messaging helps enrollment and retention of young HIV positive persons in their medical care,” says Patrick Yankee, manager of HIV continuum of care services for the Michigan Department of Community Health. “It is very clear that we as an industry must employ all forms of technology when conveying treatment options.”

“A health risk assessment online like the test recommendation tool at STDUniversity.org includes questions similar to the type of dialogue that I use with my patients. It is critical for them to know that they are not at risk for all STDs,” says Dr. Greg Sarlo, of Psychological Consultations, past president of the Illinois Psychological Association and core faculty at the Adler School. “For over 30 years, I’ve worked with individuals at risk for, and infected with, sexually transmitted diseases. There is a lot of confusion. Some online testing sites either do not have selection tools or take the approach that individuals should be tested for everything. This is just not true,” says Dr. Sarlo.

Today there are 17 million students³ enrolled in college, and most students don’t know their STD status. Testing is available at some campus clinics, yet many students do not use their services. Many campuses simply don’t have any clinic services available at all.

Health services vary from campus to campus. “It is important for university leaders to give students as many options as possible for maintaining their sexual health. For some students, it is the first time they are away from home. Getting trusted, expert advice is critical for young people who want these types of conversations and who recognize all options. A personalized health risk assessment is the first step,” says Dr. Barbara Van Der Pol of Indiana University Department of Medicine.

“The test recommendation tool provided by STDUniversity.com is acomprehensive and accurate online approach to helping consumers select STD tests that are appropriate for them,” said Lynn Barclay, president of the American Social Health Association. “The tool presents leading U.S. guidelines in a clear format for those seeking greater knowledge of their sexual health.”

<STDUniversity.org’s personal test recommendation tool was developed and reviewed by academic, medical and health experts in response to concerns that consumers were being forced to select their own tests vs. receiving an expert-based recommendation. Public health officials also complained that other online test recommender tools guided consumers wrongly to test for all of the most common STDs. STD University.org’s tool is based on an assessment that directs consumers only to those tests for diseases based on their stated profile and national statistics. The review experts included: Dr. Barbara Van Der Pol, Indiana University; Lynn Barclay, American Social Health Association; Patrick Yankee, Michigan Department of Community Health; and Dr. Neil Skolnik, M.D., Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University.

About STD University

STDUniversity.org is actively seeking 501-c (3) status as a non-profit organization whose mission is to find new ways and methods to educate primarily techno-savvy millennials (18-to-29-year olds) to take action for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The site provides edutainment-based, non-judgmental information about STDs. It is the first online site to provide an interactive, personalized STD test recommendation developed by academic and medical experts.

¹ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Healthy People 2000 Midcourse Review and1995 Revisions

²JAMA

³American College Health Association

Contact: Kellee Johnson, 312.751.3959 or [email protected].

Why It’s Important To Get Tested For STDs

It’s easy to come up with reasons to avoid getting tested for STDs. From not having the time to not having the money to wanting to protect your privacy, some people like to offer up every excuse in the book to put off STD testing or evade the process altogether. On the one hand, it’s understandable for some to be nervous about the notion of STD testing, and it’s also quite possible for people to talk themselves into believing that they somehow won’t ever be affected; but this doesn’t actually mean that it’s okay not to get tested.

Tracey Powell is the founder of getSTDtested.com, an online company dedicated to facilitating STD testing in a manner that is both easy and extremely confidential. As someone who was already tapped-in to the world of healthcare and disease control, Tracey was motivated to start his business when he realized that despite increased public awareness about the spreading and damaging effects of STDs, many people still weren’t taking the necessary steps to get tested. A firm believer in the importance of STD testing, Tracey came up with a process that would enable people to get tested for STDs in a comfortable, non-intrusive fashion.

Part of the idea behind getSTDtested.com was also to educate people about STDs and talk about their symptoms and side effects in an unabashed manner; to facilitate this goal, the getSTDtested.com website is loaded with information about the various diseases for which the company tests. Tracey also believes that if fewer people were afraid to talk about STDs, then fewer people would avoid getting tested. As such, he is taking steps to introduce the topic on social websites and networks in an attempt to remove the stigma that was once – and sometimes still is – associated with STDs.

As part of his philosophy, Tracey believes that most people, on a basic level, understand why it’s important to get tested for STDs. Naturally, if a person doesn’t know that he has an STD, then he can’t be treated for it, nor can he take the necessary steps to avoid giving it to someone else. However, despite the knowledge that STD testing is important, there are plenty of people who don’t realize that it’s okay to not only get tested, but to talk about getting tested. According to Tracey, there are far too many folks out there walking around with the notion that those who are infected or even might be infected with STDs are “bad people” who have actively done something wrong. Those focused on this line of thinking are more likely to avoid the STD testing process despite an underlying awareness about its importance rather than run the risk of being forced to categorize themselves as “evil, infected people.”

There are also some people out there who operate under the assumption that a lack of STD symptoms means that there’s no need for testing. This actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some diseases, particularly common ones such as Chlamydia and Herpes, often come with little or no symptoms, and can only be detected via regular STD testing. However, these infections could have serious long-term repercussions if not promptly treated and cured; for example, Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women, and herpes can increase risk of HIV infection.

The problem is that since so many people are afraid to talk about STDs, they might not be made aware of such facts, and as a result, might not end up getting the treatment they’ll need to avoid health problems in the long run. Therefore, when Tracey promotes the importance of STD testing, he also likes to emphasize the importance of talking about getting tested. The truth is that being sexually active is normal and this essentially makes STD infection risk normal and expected. Start the process of learning about your own STD risk and taking action with regular, at least annual STD testing.

The Benefits Of At-Home STD Testing

Most medical professionals today would be quick to highlight the importance of getting tested for STDs on an as-needed basis. In fact, these days, more and more people are growing to understand the ramifications of STDs and are therefore taking steps to have themselves tested at least annually consistent wit recommendations of the CDC and other experts. On the other hand, there are also plenty of people who refuse to get tested for STDs for a variety of reasons. From denial to lack of time to a distaste for the lack of confidentiality inherent in public reporting, it’s easy to come up with excuses not to get tested. To help remedy this situation, Tracey Powell came up with a revolutionary way for people to order STD tests right in the comfort of their own homes. He founded a company called getSTDtested.com, which enables customers to request STD tests online in a non-threatening, secure fashion. Tracey’s goal in starting his business was to make it easier for individuals to get tested for STDs so that they would actually take the steps to do it. In order to encourage more people to jump on the health-conscious bandwagon, Tracey shares the following benefits of at-home STD testing:

Privacy

One of the primary benefits of at-home STD testing is the protection of privacy that comes along with it. When you order an STD test through getSTDtested.com, you are given a customer identification number for printed documents required in the testing process. Customers also directly control their personal information on the website. And of course using an at-home collection gives the customer increased privacy given there is no clinic visit required.

Convenience

At-home STD testing provides an added dose of convenience that other forms of testing simply cannot offer. Some at-home STD tests involve the use of an at-home kit, where you collect a urine sample in the privacy of your own bathroom and mail it off to a designated testing facility. While not all STD test samples can be self-administered, those that can be collected at home represent the utmost in hassle-free collection. After all, it doesn’t get much better than never having to leave your house.

A comfortable forum

Many people – doctors and patients alike – have difficulty talking about the notion of STD testing. Unfortunately, the inability on the patient or doctor side to have such a conversation has caused many people to avoid STD testing. However, getSTDtested.com takes the social discomfort of STD testing out of the equation so that you can easily access the health-related information you need.

A guaranteed “yes” to your testing request

From time to time, the act of requesting an STD test isn’t enough to convince your doctor. In some cases, customers at etSTDtested.com have reported that they or their doctor do not initiate the discussion on STDs, or even face resistance from the doctor who may not believe STD tests are “absolutely necessary.” The good thing about at-home STD testing is that you’ll always your testing request approved. At getSTDtested.com, you can simply log on and ask for your STD tests of choice.

At-home STD testing comes with its fair share of benefits, so much so that more and more people are now having trouble coming up with excuses to avoid getting tested altogether. The downside is that not all common STD tests are available today on an at-home basis. As that changes, you can be sure that getSTDtested.com will offer more at-home options to complement its patient service center capabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions About Online STD Testing

Even the less computer-savvy people these days are beginning to grow comfortable with the idea of going online. From email to chat groups to social networking sites, the Internet has gradually become a part of many people’s daily existences. When it comes to online commerce, most people by now are used to the idea of purchasing everything from diapers to groceries to medical care products off of the Internet, and thanks to search engine oriented marketing, it’s easier than ever for consumers to find the products they need in a jiffy. Although e-commerce is a thriving component of the economy, there are still items and products that some people might be less than comfortable purchasing online. Tracey Powell is the founder and CEO of getSTDtested.com, an online company that facilitates STD testing in a manner that is both convenient and confidential, and while he agrees that there are many benefits to ordering STD tests online, some people are certainly less apt to do so than others. In order to make customers more comfortable with the idea of purchasing STD tests online, Tracey answers the following frequently asked questions about his business:

Are STD tests ordered online really reliable?

Yes, any STD test ordered through getSTDtested.com is just as reliable as a test that a doctor would administer. The company partners with some of the most reputable testing facilities in the country to ensure that all test results are extremely accurate, typically the same national labs used by your physician. Additionally, the company has a number of doctors on staff to review test results and offer consultations as necessary.

Are STD tests ordered online really confidential?

Just like your doctor in certain states, getSTDtested.com is required to report positive results for certain STDs. However, ordering online allows customers to control information provided. The company also utilizes several mechanisms to protect customers. When a customer requests his lab-based tests through the website, he is assigned a patient ID number that corresponds to a particular email address. This ID number will appear on a laboratory test requisition form in lieu of an actual name in order to protect the patient’s true identity. Non-descript labels are also used for e-mail correspondence and credit card receipts.

What happens if a person doesn’t know which STDs to get tested for?

In order to help customers determine which STDs they need to get tested for, getSTDtested.com is the only online STD testing company to employ a staff of professional counselors whose job is to help people understand their STD symptoms and risks. The company also has medical doctors on hand who can be called upon for advice as necessary.

Is online STD testing expensive?

Since getSTDtested.com does not work with insurance companies in order to protect customer privacy, the cost per test can be greater than a simple insurance company copayment. However, the cost of online STD testing is still quite reasonable, and per-test discounts are offered to customers who choose to get tested in bulk.

How quickly can online STD testing be administered?

Once a customer has ordered his STD tests, he can simply print out his laboratory requisition form and hop on over to his local testing facility. Since appointments aren’t necessary, a customer could have his blood sample taken on the same day that places his online order. Even without an appointment, the lab visit generally only takes about 10-15 minutes start to finish, making the process extremely simple and convenient.

How long does it take to get STD test results?

Most customers can expect to receive their test results within three business days of their respective testing facility visits. In some cases, customers might receive STD test results in as little as forty-eight hours.

Now that you know the basics about online STD testing, you can feel comfortable knowing that by ordering your tests online, you’ll be getting the same service that any good physician would otherwise provide. Of course, for some people, the notion of ordering STD tests online is still rather foreign. However, those who do choose to use the Internet to their health’s advantage can certainly benefit from the convenience and privacy inherent in online STD testing.

STDs on the Rise in Universities

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