March 31st, 2010
Do-it-yourself at home STD test kits at Walgreens may be available for purchase soon and many women and men are looking forward to the possibility.
|“I think it’s helpful to be able to screen at home, but I worry that it may be interpreted as a substitute for an annual GYN exam”
When asked if they would prefer buying at home STD test kits at Walgreens for Chlamydia and gonorrhea, 76% of 462 women preferred the at home std test kits. Only 16% of the women said they would rather go to a clinic and 8% said they would prefer to be tested by their own doctor. Currently, at home STD test kits at Walgreens are not available to U.S. customers.
Home-testing kits are important for young, healthy women who use long-acting contraceptives and often forget to get regular gynecological checkups. “I think it’s helpful to be able to screen at home, but I worry that it may be interpreted as a substitute for an annual GYN exam,” says Dr. Cynthia Krause, an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Screening for hepatitis, HPV, AIDS, weight, contraception and domestic abuse are all part of annual doctor visits. If home STD test kits at Walgreens are made available, it will increase the testing for sexually transmitted infections.
Both Chlamydia and gonorrhea are nearly symptomless and may exist as low-grade infections for many years before developing into serious health problems. However, antibiotic treatments for both STDs are effective and easy.
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