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Why is a blood test better than a saliva test for HIV?

HIV tests that rely on saliva can’t detect HIV until someone has been infected for 3 months or more — that’s how long it takes for enough virus to build up in the body to be detected in saliva. However, blood spot tests like the one included in…

What Are the Advantages of Rapid STD Tests?

A rapid STD test is one that provides results within a few minutes. Testing can be done at home, rather than in a health care provider’s office. Rapid STD tests can help eliminate the stress of taking this type of test, as well as save time and effort. Taking an…

How Accurate Are Rapid STD Tests?

Not all rapid STD tests have the same level of accuracy. Some are more sensitive to the presence of infection than others, and certain tests provide more specificity when it comes to negative results. Specificity and Sensitivity When reviewing the accuracy of an STD test, you will often hear references…

How Accurate Is a Herpes Blood Test?

Herpes blood tests have a sensitivity level of about 80-98%. This type of test detects antibodies to the herpes virus, so it may not be as accurate when performed soon after infection. In general, false positives are a concern with herpes testing, so it’s not recommended unless…

How Do I Get an STD Test?

STD testing is available through a variety of health care providers, including many doctor’s offices, clinics, and community health centers. Different kinds of tests may be conducted in order to check for STDs. Where to Get Tested You can ask about STD testing at an appointment with your primary care…

Which STDs Are Detected by Blood Tests?

Blood tests are currently used to diagnose HIV, genital herpes, and syphilis. STD testing may also involve urine testing or taking swabs of the inside of the mouth, anus, the affected area, or sores. HIV A sample of blood is taken via venipuncture, dry blood spot, or capillary draw, and…

Where Can I Get a STD Test?

You can obtain an STD test at your physician’s office, a health clinic, your local Planned Parenthood, or online from companies like Nurx™. Depending on where you go, your insurance may cover your STD testing, though standard copays and deductible rates may apply. Even if you don’t have health insurance,…

What STDs Can Be Tested for With a Urine Test?

The two sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) medical providers can detect using a urine test are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Many STDs or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as healthcare providers now call them, don’t cause immediate physical signs or symptoms. In these cases, urine testing provides early detection for more successful treatment.

How Do STD Urine Tests Work?

STD urine tests are noninvasive ways to detect bacterial infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. The tests determine whether the bacteria that cause these STDs are present in your urine. Once in the office, your healthcare provider will ask you to pee in a sterile cup and return the sample.

How does the Nurx Home HPV Screening Test work?

Our HPV test screens for 14 high-risk strains of the virus: HPV16 and HPV18, which cause the vast majority of cervical cancer cases – and 12 additional high-risk types. It’s quick, easy and can be done by you in the privacy of your own home. Once you receive the kit,…

How much do the Nurx Home STI Test Kits cost?

Nurx is committed to making STI testing more affordable and accessible, regardless of whether you have health insurance.  With health insurance, each test kit costs $75 plus the $15 consultation fee and any applicable copays or deductibles. The consultation fee provides patients with unlimited access to…

How do I know which Nurx Home STI Test Kit to choose?

Generally speaking, we recommend getting the Full Control Kit completed annually, and use the Healthy Woman and/or Basics Covered in between annual tests. Consistent with CDC recommendations, we are advising people get tested every 6 to 12 months, or more often if they have an increased risk for…

Is STI testing at Nurx confidential?

Nurx offers confidential STI testing. This means that your name and other identifying information will be attached to your test results. The results will go in your medical record and, depending on the law where you live, may be shared with your healthcare providers, your health insurer, or others as…

Which STIs does Nurx offer treatment for?

We offer treatment for STIs that can be treated with oral antibiotics, which includes most cases of chlamydia and trichomoniasis. We will work closely with all patients who receive a positive test result to determine the best next steps, such as when in-person care is needed. Why doesn’t…

What happens if results come back HIV positive after using the Nurx Home STI Test Kit?

Any HIV results will be disclosed in a sensitive and informed fashion, following state laws around result disclosure. Our team of medical providers are equipped with HIV education and links to care resources for further testing and ongoing HIV treatment. If you are living with HIV,…

How long does it take to get results from the Nurx Home STI Test?

After the samples have arrived at our partner lab, the Nurx medical provider team will reach out within seven business days to discuss results and help determine next steps if needed. We will offer to prescribe antibiotic treatment for most positive cases of chlamydia and trichomoniasis, and in…

How old do I have to be to use the Nurx STI Home Test Kits?

That depends on where you live. In some states people 14 and older can order the tests, while in others the minimum age is 18. If you are under 18 and would like to know whether we can provide you with STI testing, please email support@nurx.co.

Are the Nurx STI Home Test Kits approved by the FDA?

Our test kits include laboratory developed tests that do not require individual FDA clearance. The federal government (including the FDA) regulates laboratory testing through a set of rules known as the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). All individual testing components in the…

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