The Anonymous STD Test
Both men and women who suspect they may have an STI and are interested in getting tested should consider the Home STI Test, in many states or territories like Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and West Virginia, the tests are free and for Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis and Gonorrhea.
It’s true that Chlamydia is the most frequently transmitted bacterial STI infection in the US. In fact, 1.2 million infections were reported in the US alone (including the District of Columbia). So getting tested for both men and women is vitally important not just for your own health but the health of your partner as well.
For women it’s important to get tested for all STI’s including Chlamydia because this is one of the STIs that can affect a woman’s reproductive health and can render a woman sterile and susceptible to other STIs as well.
PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disorder is typically a disease caused by Chlamydia being untreated. And can destroy a woman’s fallopian tubes. It can also cause a woman to have an ectopic pregnancy should be able to conceive with Chlamydia. If the episodes become persistent, a woman can even develop abscesses on the pelvis making surgery needed and even a hysterectomy.
And for men it’s equally important to get tested because a man can pass Chlamydia on to a partner and cause her the above health concerns.
Some of the most common symptoms in women are vaginal discharge and pain during intercourse. Men experience mucus discharge and even a burning sensation during urination. However, it’s important to note that this kind of STI is a silent infector, because 90% of women and 70% of men never even know they have it.
Luckily, there is an organization that provides free STI testing for Chlamydia, Gonnoreah and Trichomoniasis. The organization providing the service is called I Want the Kit, administered through Johns Hopkins University. If you live in the state or territory including: Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and West Virginia you can participate in this particular program free of charge.
How does the Free STI Kit Work?
You can call I Want the Kit toll free at 866-575-5504. To remain totally anonymous you can even text a request to get the kit at 443-823-0969. You’ll be sent a kit and take the test in from the comfort of your own home.
The instructions are pretty simple and you will need to follow them and mail back the collection sample to the address on the free STI home kit, in a free stamped return envelope.
The testing will be done in the Johns Hopkins Laboratory. Your sample will be tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomoniasis. The kit will have a unique ID for anonymity and privacy, you will call back within a week or so providing your kit ID and the password and you will be provided with the results.
If you are infected with the above, you can get treated at free clinic close to you. And it’s important to know that being infected with an STI doesn’t seal your reproductive or gynecological fate. With good treatment, which typically includes antibiotics, you should be able to treat an STI.
You can also read more information about a home STI test at iwantthekit.org.