Discreetly Test for Seven Common STDs
- Hepatitis C
- HIV (1&2)
- Herpes Type 2
Caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, chlamydia is very common and easily cured.
Caused by bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae, gonorrhea is common and can be cured.
Syphilis is caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. While this used to be a rare STD, it has been on the rise since 2005.
Trichomoniasis (or “Trich”) is a very common infection caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Most people, about 70%, who have the parasite have no symptoms.
What is the STD testing process like?
You can test for STDs with a home test kit or at a clinic. For at-home testing with Everlywell, you collect a sample yourself and send it to a lab—and get your results online. The type of sample you collect depends on what STDs you’re testing for. Samples can include urine, blood (collected with an easy finger prick), and genital swabs. If you’re getting tested at a clinic, a healthcare provider may draw blood from your arm or collect a swab. They may also ask for a urine sample. How you receive your results depends on the clinic you go to.
Why take an STD test?
We’re all adults here but let’s face it, STD testing isn’t exactly fun and no matter how comfortable you are with talking about your sex life, testing can often feel like an invasion of privacy at the minimum. Anyone who's sexually active should engage in regular STD testing, and we're excited to make testing easier and more discreet than ever before.
STD Testing for Women
Routine screening using STD tests is important because it can help you detect STDs before they potentially cause significant health issues like infertility, cervical cancer, tubal pregnancy (which can result in medical emergencies in pregnant women), and more.
Fortunately, testing for STDs is easy and straightforward with the Everlywell at-home STD test.
Can you check for STDs at home?
Yes—here’s how to check for STDs at home:
- Find an STD test that’s right for you - for any at-home STD kit you’re considering, check what STD(s) it screens for, so you can make sure it’s the right test for you. The Everlywell STD Test for Women screens for these 7 STDs: hepatitis C, herpes type 2, HIV, syphilis, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. The kit arrives in discreet packaging that takes your privacy into full consideration.
- Collect your sample(s) - the Everlywell STD Test includes the supplies you need to collect samples from the comfort and privacy of home.
- Send your sample(s) to the lab - the Everlywell STD Test includes a prepaid shipping label and everything else you need to send in your samples. One of our certified partner labs will process your sample.
- Check your results online - just days after your samples arrive at the lab, you’ll get to check your test results online (on a secure platform).
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How Often to Test for STDs
The frequency of necessary STD testing really varies based on how sexually active you are and if you’re currently outside of a monogamous relationship. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends every 3-12 months depending on risk category, but most medical professionals would agree that a yearly STD test is the minimum responsible frequency and testing should be done more if—and when—you engage in unprotected sex with a new partner. Preventing the spread of STIs and STDs is everybody’s responsibility and knowing your status is a great way to do your part while also keeping yourself healthy.
Our comprehensive STD Test is taken in the privacy of your own home and covers many common sexually transmitted diseases including:
- Hepatitis C
- Herpes Type 2 (HSV Type 2)
- HIV (1&2)
This Everlywell at-home STD Test requires two samples—blood spot and vaginal swab. All necessary components are included inside the kit. We provide easy-to-read instructions and the collection process is quick. Simply follow a few steps and return your at-sample to our lab for processing.
Various risk factors are linked with a greater likelihood of getting an STD. These include the following:
- Age - According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15–24 year olds account for half of all new STD infections.
- Biological sex - Young women face a greater risk of STDs compared to young men. In fact, some estimates suggest that women make up about 2/3 of annual STD cases in the United States.
- Sexual behaviors - Certain behaviors, like having unprotected sex, can heighten the risk of getting an STD.
- Substance use - Among sexually active women and men, using drugs or alcohol is linked with a greater likelihood of acquiring an STD.
- Sex partners - The risk of getting an STD increases the more sex partners you have and if you have sex with someone who has an STD.
Not all STDs result in symptoms, so it’s important to regularly screen for STDs.
That being said, STDs often do result in symptoms. These symptoms can include:
- Vaginal discharges that may have an unusual odor or color (learn more here)
- Genital warts (small bumps on the genital area or inside the vagina)—typically caused by genital herpes or an HPV infection
- Flu-like symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, or fevers
- Pain while urinating or during sex
- Spotting between periods
How to know if you have an STD
An at-home female STD test can help you discover if your symptoms may be the result of an STD—allowing you to get the right treatment as soon as possible.
Get Test Results at Home for These Common STDs
This test will accurately tell you whether you have chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, and if you have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis C, syphilis, and HSV type 2. As with all of Everlywell’s tests, our at-home STD Test is taken in the privacy of your own home.
Once you return your test sample to our lab and your sample is processed, you’ll be notified via email that your results are ready. You will receive your results through an easy-to-understand report on our secure online platform.
This at-home STD test checks whether or not you test positive for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. In the event that your test results are abnormal, a board-certified physician in your state will contact you at no additional cost to discuss your particular case and prescribe medication where applicable.
We take customer privacy very seriously and only you will have access to this information. As is the case with all STD testing—whether through Everlywell lab tests or your healthcare provider—some positive results require a report to state health departments by law. This is only done to track infection prevalence. If you test positive for chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis C, or gonorrhea, Everlywell’s physician network will report this data to your state health board for tracking.
In rare cases, testing for these conditions can be inconclusive based on when you were exposed. These results, called "indeterminate", do not mean that your results are going to be abnormal, it just means that the testing was unable to provide a clear answer at this time. Don’t take a chance on your sexual health. Know where you stand with our comprehensive at-home STD test.
How do you test for STDs?
Different kinds of samples are used to test for STDs, including:
- Urine - For women and men, urine samples can be used to detect STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis
- Blood - Blood samples can be collected either through a blood draw or a finger prick, and can help detect HIV, herpes type 2, and syphilis
- Swabs - Oral, anal, and other swabs can be used to check for some STDs in women and men
Where can I get checked for STDs?
There are several different ways you can get checked for STDs:
- Order an at-home STD test - You can check for STDs with at-home tests that are available online. Some of these tests, like the Everlywell at-home STD Test, are HSA/FSA eligible.
- Visit a health clinic near you - A medical provider at a clinic in your area can assess your symptoms and test for STDs.
- Check out nearby retail stores that carry home STD tests - You can find home STD tests on the shelves of some retail stores, like CVS.
You can get the Everlywell at-home STD Test by ordering online (shipping is free).
Can you treat STDs on your own?
Wondering if you can treat STDs at home? Because of the potentially severe health consequences related to STDs if left untreated —or if not treated properly—do not try to treat an STD on your own. It’s very important to talk with your healthcare provider about treatment options if you test positive for an STD.
If you receive a positive test result, our independent physician network partner will contact you to schedule a consultation at no additional cost, so you can discuss your results with a board-certified physician in your state. When appropriate, and at the physician’s discretion, you may be offered a prescription for medication.
What types of samples do STD tests use?
There are several different types of samples that STD tests can use. For example, urine tests use a sample of urine—while other tests might require a blood sample.
The Everlywell at-home STD Test for Women uses two sample types (a small blood sample and a vaginal swab). The test does not require a urine sample.
Does the Everlywell at-home STD Test for Women test for chlamydia and gonorrhea?
Yes, this home STD test kit lets you check for chlamydia and gonorrhea—as well as hepatitis C, herpes type 2 (HSV-2), HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
Can you get an STD through oral sex?
Yes, oral sex can increase the risk of getting or transmitting STDs like HIV, herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea. Using a physical barrier (like a condom) can help reduce this risk, as well as making sure there aren’t any cuts in the mouth (like bleeding gums or lip sores) or on the genitals.
- What Are STDs/STIs?
- Why should I get tested?
- What STDs does EverlyWell screen for?
- How frequently should I get tested?
- Table of STD Symptoms
- Is my test really confidential?
- Can my partner and I both get tested?
- What are ways to reduce STD infection?
- Do I need to sign for my package when it arrives?
- If I test positive for an STD, what should I do?
- Who will have access to my results?
- How do I test myself with EverlyWell’s at-home STD test?
- How to collect my urine sample for STD Testing
- Is the shipping and packaging discreet? How exactly?
- Why test at home instead of a local clinic?
- Can I contract the same STD multiple times?
- How many people have STDs?
- What is the difference between HIV & AIDS?
- What are the infection rates of the most common STDs?
- Prescription Availability By State
- How to collect a vaginal swab sample
- What biomarkers are included in each panel?
- What is the testing method for HSV2?
- Do I need to stop taking my supplements or medications before the test?