myLAB Box is an at-home STD diagnostic test that provides lab-certified results so adults can make informed and proactive decisions about their sexual health
There are more than 110 million reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases in the U.S, and common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea affect people of all lifestyles and backgrounds, particularly young men and women. While STD screening services are covered under the U.S Medicare system and are critical to reduce the health and economic burden of these diseases, many Americans are still reluctant to go to a clinic to get tested.
To address this gap, a California-based company has developed an at-home STD diagnostic test called myLAB Box. myLAB Box is a screening solution that is directly sent to the customer and can be used to test for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonasis through a low-impact finger prick, urine sample, or vaginal swab. Recently, the company expanded their testing options to include extragenital sites like the throat and rectum to attain a more complete assessment of sexual health, and to address at-risk populations like gay men or HIV-positive individuals where genital testing may not be sufficient. The tests are FDA-approved or have been validated by a myLAB Box affiliate, comparably cheaper and faster than standard lab testing, and claim equal diagnostic accuracy.
Each test may be completed by the user in less than 5 minutes, and results take approximately 2-5 days to be processed at a myLAB Box-associated high-complexity clinical lab facility. Results are posted online through a secure portal and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-certified data storage system and remain private. For users who test positive for a chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomonasis, a physician consultation is available. As myLAB Box results are lab-certified, the user may also choose go to their personal physician or clinic for treatment if their results are positive.
Written by Fiona Wong, PhD