A rapid STD test kit is a simple-to-perform test that comes with an easy-to-understand manual. Depending on the type of the disease, it might require a swab or blood sample. Blood samples are always obtainable through a fingerstick device. Collecting a swab sample might differ, depending on the disease and the gender of the individual. Following, we will go through some of the most common STDs and their respective rapid test kits.
Swab sample STD test kits
The STD rapid test kits that require a swab sample are the ones for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Specimen collection is different for men and women.
- Males should insert one swab into the urethra of the penis and gently rotate it for 3-5 seconds. The individual should apply sufficient pressure and allow the swab to remain inserted for some seconds. He should then withdraw it carefully without touching any external surfaces.
- Females should use the first swab to remove excess mucus from the cervix and insert the second one carefully into the endocervix. The individual should avoid contact with the vaginal muscles. She should rub and rotate the swab with sufficient pressure for 15-30 seconds. Finally, she should withdraw it carefully, avoiding contamination due to contact with external surfaces. If getting tested for gonorrhea, specimen collection takes place in the vagina and not in the cervix, following the same instructions.
Before specimen collection, individuals should add 300 μl of Buffer A solution from the bottle into the mixing tube, so that they place the swab into it immediately after specimen collection for five minutes. Then they should add 300 μl of Buffer B solution from the bottle into the mixing tube, mix the solution for ten seconds, and finally remove the swab from the mixing tube. Finally, individuals should remove the chlamydia or gonorrhea test card from the foil pouch, place it on a level surface, and add 100 μl of solution from the mixing tube. The results will come out after 15 minutes.
Blood sample STD test kits
The STD rapid test kits that require a blood sample are the ones for syphilis, HIV, HSV-2, and hepatitis B and C. Specimen collection is the same for men and women.
Individuals should pinch their fingers with the lancet and draw blood with the plastic pipette. Then, they should add 30μ of blood to the S-well. Afterward, they should add 50μ of sample diluent as well. Finally, they should read the results after fifteen minutes.
How do blood sample STD test kits work?
Blood sample STD rapid test kits work by detecting antibodies in the patient's blood, formed as a result of the pathogen's invasion in the human body. Most antibodies are detectable a few days after infection. However, individuals should know when's the right time to get tested for every STD respectively.
Reading the test results
There may appear one or two purplish lines on the test. If both the control and test lines appear, then the test is positive. If only the control line appears, the results are negative. Finally, if none of them or only the test line appears, the results are invalid, and the individual should perform the test again.
- Positive results. Both control and test lines appear
- Negative results. Only the control line appears
- Invalid results. None or only the test line appears
How to buy STD test kits safely
Before buying STD rapid test kits you should know how to do so safely. Check if the package is sealed properly and if there's any damage. Make sure you check the expiration date. Damage to the package or an expired date would compromise its quality. Read the instructions carefully before using the test. Directions should be easy to read and understand. Finally, check the quality of the product.
How to check the quality of an STD rapid test kit?
To check the quality of the STD rapid test kit, confirm whether the product has license and recognition. All of our STD Home Test Kits are ISO 13485 (Medical Device Standard) and Good Manufacturing Practice certified and recognized by the World Health Organization, Food, and Drug Administration, USAID, and EU Commission. Read more about ISO 13485 certification here.
Why buy an STD test kit?
Our rapid STD test kits are fast and accurate, recognized diagnostic methods that can detect STIs at home. Rapid STD test kits are affordable, and they provide patients with diagnostic speed and accuracy. They also save people the anticipatory anxiety associated with laboratory results. Fear of sexually transmitted diseases is a clinically established phenomenon that is part of somatic symptoms after sexual intercourse. These feelings of anxiety and fear let many people back out when it comes to obtaining STD results from the laboratory. STD rapid test kits, on the other hand, let people take responsibility for their sexual health by providing them with fast information and results. As a result, there are fewer underdiagnosed STD cases and more early-treated STIs.
STDs left untreated may lead to severe complications
Most STDs are asymptomatic, leading to many underdiagnosed cases. STDs left untreated may lead to short or long-term complaints and complications. Some of the most severe ones are infertility, organs failure, blindness, or even cancer. An estimated 20 million new cases of STDs occur every year in the US. However, there are so many more that are not diagnosed and, therefore, transmitted to others.
Those that are not aware of their STD, not only transmit their infection to others but also put themselves at high risk for complications. Getting tested is the only way to find out if you have an STD or not, and get treated for it as early as possible.
Who should get tested for STDs
- Those who started dating a new person and are about to enter a new relationship.
- Those that prefer having unprotected sex instead of using mechanical protection.
- Those whose partner has cheated on them.
- Those whose partner has multiple partners.
- Those that have multiple partners.
- Those that experience symptoms of STDs.