In-home STI testing kit may help protect young adults
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a too-common occurrence among young adults. Many individuals may be hesitant to visit a doctor to get tested, because they are embarrassed or do not have the proper resources to do so. This in turn can lead to a further spread of an infection – but a new initiative is aiming to change all that.
The "I Want a Kit" campaign offers sexually active young adults in Maryland, Washington, West Virginia, Illinois and a few select cities the opportunity to test for three common STIs at home – gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, according to The Los Angeles Times.
"The highest prevalence [of STIs] is in young adults, and we knew we had to reach these [individuals]," Charlotte A. Gaydos, a professor of infections diseases at John Hopkins University, told the news source about the program.
The kits can be ordered through Facebook or one's smart phone, as well as on the organization's website. They are mailed in plain envelopes, and also provide information about safe ways to prevent the spread of STIs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, consistently using condoms when engaging in sexual activity can greatly decrease the risk of contracting an STI.