At-home STD testing

Gaining acceptance and popularity are at-home test kits for certain STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. For home STD testing, you collect a urine sample or a genital swab and then send it to a laboratory for analysis. Some tests require both types of samples. You can usually get test results in a few days, and you're able to collect the sample in the privacy of your home without need for a pelvic exam or office visit.

However, tests done on samples you collect yourself may have a higher rate of false-positive results, meaning the test indicates you have an STD that you really don't have. If you test positive from a home test, contact your doctor or a public health clinic to confirm the test results.

Positive test results

If you test positive for an STD, the next step is to consider further testing and then to get treatment as recommended by your doctor. In addition, inform your sex partners. Your partners need to be evaluated and treated, because you can pass some infections back and forth.

Expect to feel various emotions. You may feel ashamed, angry or afraid. It may help to remind yourself that you've done the right thing by getting tested so that you can inform your partners and get treated. Talk with your doctor about your concerns.

Aug. 27, 2011 See more In-depth