Chlamydia is a STD caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most commonly reported bacterial infection worldwide. Chlamydia is most common among people between the ages of 15 to 24. Approximately 1 in 20 sexually active young women (aged 14 to 24) has chlamydia. It is also common among men who have sex with men.
Gonorrhoeae is a STD caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It affects the layer of cells that lines the reproductive tract (the mucous membranes). In women, gonorrhea infections can affect the cervix, uterus and the fallopian tubes. In men, the infection affects the urethra. This bacterium can also infect the mucous membrane of mouth, eyes and the rectum.
Trichomoniasis is caused by the protozoa Trichomonas vaginalis. Infections affect the lower genital tract, the vulva, vagina, cervix or urethra in women. The inside of the penis (urethra) is the most commonly infection body part in men.
Genital herpes is linked to infections with the herpes simplex virus. Genital herpes can be caused by two viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Viral hepatitis can result from being infected by three different hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A, B or C. Hepatitis A usually result in only short-term infections. Hepatitis B and C viral infections may begin as short-term infections but in certain individuals it can lead to a chronic infection that damages the liver.
HIV is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). When left untreated, an HIV infection can lead to the development of acquired human immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. As HIV attacks the immune system, individuals with AIDS have impaired immunity and are highly susceptible to infections.
Syphilis is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. Syphilitic sores, which are called chancers, can develop around the external genitals, around or in the rectum and around the mouth.
Transmission of STDs occurs through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth or the anus of an infected individual.
Common symptoms associated with STDs include
- Pain and burning while urinating
- Rectal pain, swelling or discharge
- Abnormal discharge
- Bleeding after sex
- Itching or burning of the genitals and/or anus
- Rash in the genital area or the anus
Who should get tested?
You should consider getting tested if
- You are sexually active
- You have had unprotected sex
- You are entering a new relationship
- You are experiencing symptoms of an STD
- You have had a partner with an STD infection
If you know you have been exposed, know that it may take up to 4 weeks before most STDs can be detected. This time should be extended to 12 weeks in the event of exposure to syphilis.
HOW IT WORKS
Order your test.
Choose the test that matches your need from our large array of tests. The kit will be delivered to your door step. There is no need to leave the comfort of your home.
Collect your sample.
Register and activate your test. Collect your sample first thing in the morning. Return your sample to our lab as soon as possible, using the prepaid envelope included in the kit.
Your sample will be tested as soon as it arrives in our lab. Your results will be available through our secure online platform in 2 to 3 business days.
Details and FAQs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we usually get. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
To take a blood sample, use the supplies provided in the kit. To take a urine sample, use the urine collection cup provided in the kit and transfer a small amount of sample to the urine collection tube. Place your samples in the specimen bag provided and mail it back to the lab using the prepaid envelop inside the kit.
For more details on the testing method used for each STD refer to the individual product pages.
Avoiding vaginal, rectal or oral sex is the only sure-fire way to prevent STDs.
If you are sexually active
Male condoms when used properly, reduces the risk of getting or giving a STD. Long-term monogamous relationships with a tested partner can also reduce your risk.