For the millennials who “live online”: Home STD testing

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myLAB Box: “Safe is Sexy”

Apparently they are not living all parts of their lives online.

From Daily Mail: As more brands are offering quick, delivery-style options to cater to millennials, the idea has now been applied to clinical testing services.

myLAB Box says it is the first company to offer testing nationwide at-home testing, with screening for 10 STIs and STDs, including HIV, HPV and chlamydia.  There are other services that offer home STD testing, including Planned Parenthood and, but neither are nationwide or offer the same amount.

Users order the specific testing panels online, complete the test, mail it to a pre-selected lab and results are delivered electronically within a few days.

Based in Los Angeles, co-founder and chief marketing officer Lora Ivanova said the goal of the service is to offer a solution for those who live their lives online.

Although the idea of mailing urine samples can seem unsettling, Ivanova and her team liken the process to casually ordering food online.

Ivanova said: ‘It’s amazing in the 2000s that as a society we haven’t figured out a way to do this. There’s a huge gap between our lifestyles and how we use healthcare. There are delivery services for everything else in our lives, so why not for this?

myLAB Box tests for HIV, hepatitis C, herpes simplex type II, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HPV, genital mycoplasma and genital ureaplasma. The testing package is mailed to the consumer’s home, equipped with a set of instructions.

Depending on the type of panel ordered, there may be a finger prick, urine or swab sample needed. myLAB Box claims it is also unique because it offers oral, rectal and genital swabbing. Ivanova said the tests are simple; for a woman it’s no different than inserting a tampon.

Once the sample is collected, the person sends the package to a certified regional lab facility, based on where they live. The lab-certified results are delivered electronically within a few days.

If there is a positive test result, there would be a free phone consult with a doctor and prescriptions made available that same day.

A 2001 study by the University of Washington in St. Louis found that home testing and clinical testing had the same level of accuracy.

Louis Ortiz-Fonseca, Advocates For Youth Director of LGBT health and rights, said he thinks the online option could be a game-changer in how people view STIs.

He said: ‘As an adult I see how I’m inclined to think this reinforces silencing testing and results. But then I look at my son, who communicates with the world online.  I think young people can find it empowering to be able do this on their phones. It provides them the agency to do it at their speed, at their pace.’

CEO Ursula Hessenflow said the idea was to eliminate the discomfort and awkwardness of going to the clinic. She said to CBS News: ‘No longer do you have to suffer through the embarrassment or awkward conversations with clinicians or your doctor about your sexual health.’

In the United States, sexually-transmitted diseases are at a record high, with cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, jumping up several percentage points in a year’s span. The CDC estimates there are 20 million cases of sexually-transmitted infections that occur each year and the cost to the US healthcare system is estimated to be as much as $16 billion annually.

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12 responses to “For the millennials who “live online”: Home STD testing

  1. DCG . . . what an interesting post! Thank Heavens, I will not be needing to use “home testing for STDS.” One good point about this home testing is that the individuals involved will be the one’s paying for the testing . . . the rest of us who pay for health care will not be sharing in the expense. I find that to be “extremely fair,” since foolish practices on their part brought about the circumstance of them becoming infected in the first place! Better that they be the ones who pay the price of their stupidity, rather than the rest of us.

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  3. What Millennials’ iPhones and ideas about “free” healthcare have wrought.

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  4. I think it would be “empowering” if people would be selective with their partners.

    I recently returned from a hospital stay and absolutely cringed at the lackadaisical manner with which (most) millenials treated hand hygiene.

    Even at the supermarket it’s dreadful. A deli worker went from sweeping the floor to handling food. He was wearing those cheap gloves. Didn’t change them. They don’t grasp the fundamentals. They think a single pair of gloves is magic. I went home and cooked my own, CLEAN meal.

    Horrible time to be dating for younger (and not so younger) folks.

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    • Disgusted . . .You have brought up some facts that are all too true. I fully agree, far too many people in this day and age are just filthy people regarding their hygiene habits.

      Years ago, back in the late 1970’s I worked on a floor with 60 to 75 women; it came as a severe shock to me when I would use the restroom . . . to see grown women (many who were extremely well dressed, and who thought of themselves as being the bee’s knees, so to speak) . . . they would use the restroom and then walk directly out the restroom door. NEVER taking the time to wash their hands! I was flabbergasted by this filthy habit. I could not imagine that adult women would possibly act in such a haphazard manner regarding hygiene.

      I suppose that these were the very woman who spawned todays young people . . . with their irresponsible ways!

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  5. Shipping jobs overseas brought idleness. Idle hands are the devil’s plaything. Along with other body parts. (A fact known to those who had our industrial base moved away.)

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  7. Here’s to hoping these Millenials post their results on Instagram or Twitter. That way future partners will have a “heads up”.

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  8. Aren’t there laws against mailing biological and/or contagious specimens through the mail? What happens if a sample gets lost, crushed, stolen, etc., and the contents find their way into contact with someone completely unaware of “what it is, where it’s been”? Just take the tests at the clinic or drug store and let them safely handle the transfers to labs. There’s the added benefit of a much smaller chance of false positives/negatives from incorrectly-performed sample collection or other errors.

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  9. Ummm, if they live online how do they get stds?

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