The Benefits of Confidential STD Testing
November 7, 2011
No matter how comfortable you are with your doctor, it can be difficult to walk into his or her office and announce that you want to be tested for STDs.
STDs are not something that most people enjoy talking about, and they are even less pleasant to think about if there is a good chance you have one. Plus, because many of them have symptoms that can resemble other kinds of issues – yeast infections, jock itch, ingrown hairs, canker sores and IBS – they can be difficult to identify with certainty.
This is exactly why confidential STD testing is so helpful. You can get tested for any STDs you think you may have before you ever step foot in your doctor’s office. The testing process is simple and the results are confidential, making it easy and embarrassment free to get the information you need to make an informed decision. It’s also convenient, because all you need to do is place your order online and drop into a testing center during business hours. The results are rapid and can be delivered online or over the phone.
When you get confidential STD testing, your personal information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) – the same privacy laws that all physicians in the United States must follow. Organizations like Request A Test understand that your personal information is important to you, especially when regarding a delicate subject such as STDs. The goal is to get you the information you need, not to share your personal medical information with people it doesn’t concern.
A minimal amount of information is required to process your personal credit or debit card payment for confidential STD testing. Your name and complete billing addressed are not required, and your payment/billing information is never populated or shared with third parties. In addition, your test results will not be sent to your physician unless you complete the appropriate release form.
Organizations like Request A Test also offer anonymous STD testing, meaning that none of your personal information – including your real name – will be associated with your test results. This means that your results cannot be shared with your insurance company or your doctor, so you need to consider this option carefully before choosing it.
Learn more about your confidential STD testing options, and find out if this is a step you want to take.