County health departments offer free STI at-home self-test kits
District 4 Public Health’s county health departments are offering free at-home self-test kits for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The at-home test detects chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV (I, II, P24 antigen), syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
The convenient and discreet method allows individuals to take the test in the privacy of their own homes through the LetsGetChecked system. Through a finger prick and urine sample, the easy STI/STD test screens for often symptomless infections.
Using the LetsGetChecked instructions (included with the kit in both English and Spanish), a person should activate their kit online and then collect the blood and urine samples in the morning. Samples should then be returned that same day using the prepaid UPS shipping label provided.
Once the sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from a person’s secure online account within 2 to 5 days. When an individual’s results are ready, they will receive a communication directly from LetsGetChecked. A person also may be contacted by a member of LetsGetChecked clinical team to discuss test results.
With any positive or out-of-range results, the LetsGetChecked clinical team is available to support individuals and explain their results to them. If a person requires treatment, they should contact their local physician or health department. An individual will have access to their test results to take with them to meet with their healthcare provider.
Visit www.district4health.org/locations to find your county health department, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m., except for Carroll County Health Department, which closes for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The test kits are available (as supplies last) for individuals 18 and older. Please ask at the front desk for assistance.
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December 19, 2023