Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are extremely common, and most show no symptoms. If you’re concerned about your sexual health, or simply want to keep an eye on it, the iSelf Screen kit will give you peace of mind.
The iSelf Screen kit is a convenient and safe alternative to a doctors visit and can greatly reduce the time, embarrassment and expenses typically required for STD testing. The patented design allows for a smooth, non-traumatic entry, making the cell collection simple, comfortable and easy to perform in the privacy of your own home.
HPV is currently the widest spread STDs, Chlamydia is the most commonly reported disease and is among the most prevalent of all STDs and an estimated 88 million cases of Gonorrhea occur each year. With iSelf Screen, you can test for all three. Your samples are processed in the same labs used by physicians in major US hospitals and reviewed by certified medical professionals. Once the laboratory evaluates the samples you will be notified of your results with 7 business days via email. Other options are available through customer service at 1-855-473-3548 (855-iSelf Kit).
If your test results come back abnormal contact your medical practitioner or healthcare professional and make an appointment. All abnormal results will include additional information regarding the specific results. For more information regarding your results please contact us directly at 1-855-473-3548 (855-iSelf Kit).
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are generally acquired by sexual contact. The organisms that cause STDs may pass from person to person in blood, semen or vaginal and other bodily fluids.
It is possible to contract STDs from people who seem perfectly healthy, and who may not even be aware of the infection. STDs don’t always cause symptoms, which is one of the reasons experts prefer the term STI – “sexually transmitted infections” to STD “sexually transmitted diseases”. Half of STIs occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can have a range of signs and symptoms, including no symptoms at all. That’s why they may go unnoticed until complications occur or a partner is diagnosed. Signs and symptoms may appear a few days after exposure, or it may take years before there are any noticeable problems, depending on the organism. Signs and symptoms that might indicate an STI include:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Unusual or odd-smelling vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
- Rash over the trunk, hands or feet
Anyone who is sexually active risks exposure to a sexually transmitted infection to some degree. Factors that may increase that risk include:
- Having unprotected sex. Vaginal or anal penetration by an infected partner who isn’t wearing a latex condom significantly increases the risk of getting an STI. Improper or inconsistent use of condoms can also increase your risk. Oral sex may be less risky, but infections can still be transmitted without a latex condom or dental dam.
- Having sexual contact with multiple partners increases your risk. This is true for concurrent partners as well as monogamous consecutive relationships.
- Having a history of STIs. Having one STI makes it much easier for another STI to take hold.
- Needle sharing can spread many serious infections including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Because many people in the early stages of an STI experience no symptoms, screening for STIs is important in preventing complications. Possible complication may include:
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy complications
- Eye inflammation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers