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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which are also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STI), are very common. Per the World Health Organization, more than one million STIs are acquired daily worldwide.1 Similarly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 5 people in the United States have had an STI. 
Fortunately, the most common STD types are detectable, treatable, and preventable. That said, the stigma around STIs can often deter people from seeking STI testing or treatment and can lead to the underutilization of common STD prevention methods, such as vaccinations and condoms. 
This may cause you to wonder, can I take an STD test at home?
In a word, yes. At-home STI testing breaks down the barriers between patients and sexual healthcare, making an STI test more accessible, convenient, and discreet than ever before.
It’s very common for STDs to be asymptomatic, meaning there are no signs that you’ve been infected. That said, even with no symptoms, STDs can be passed to partners during sex, which is why STD testing is so important.
Other times, however, you will experience symptoms, which can vary depending on the type of STD. A few of the most common include  :
If you believe you have an STD, it’s important to get treated as soon as possible. During periods of latency, some people may believe that an STD has gone away and will avoid testing. However, this is very unlikely in most cases.
The most likely reason that symptoms may disappear is that the infection has become dormant. This most often occurs with chlamydia, hepatitis C, HIV, herpes, and syphilis. 
All that said, regular STD testing is critical to your sexual and overall health.
So, can you take an STD test at home? You can. If you prefer to avoid the bright lights and cold examination tables of your healthcare provider’s office, there are at-home STD test kit options available online. These home testing methods allow you to be proactive about your sexual health from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
At-home tests for sexual health, like those from Everlywell, are available for a variety of conditions to keep you and your partner(s) in the know. At-home STD tests are also shipped discreetly to your door and include all the home testing tools you need to assess your condition conveniently and effectively, with step-by-step instructions.
For example, the Everlywell at-home Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test includes a urine cup, pipette, and urine sample tube, as well as a biohazard bag to store your sample. Depending on the STD, your home STD test kit sample collection set may vary, however. Because syphilis testing requires a blood sample, at-home tests will include alcohol pads, lancets, and bandages. HPV tests, on the other hand, will utilize a vaginal swab collection set.
Within the STI test package, you’ll also receive a prepaid shipping label to deliver your test result to a certified lab. Everlywell, specifically, works with a network of third-party CLIA-certified labs. Within days, you’ll receive your digital test results directly to your device through a secure platform.
If your results are abnormal, a board-certified physician will contact you to discuss next steps, including treatment options—and all of this is included in the original price of your at-home test.
Everlywell stands out as a trusted and established provider of home-testing kits, offering individuals a reliable and convenient way to monitor their sexual health. With a reputation built on accuracy and quality, we provide users with the assurance of dependable results and experienced clinicians, all from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
We cover a wide spectrum of STIs, including but not limited to chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV and HIV, ensuring that you have access to a comprehensive toolset for monitoring your sexual health.
Explore our at-home test options today to get started.