Direct-to-Consumer Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Services: A Position Statement from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association

Cara Exten, Casey N. Pinto, Anne M. Gaynor, Beth Meyerson, Stacey B. Griner, Barbara Van Der Pol

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Abstract

Direct-to-consumer test services have gained popularity for sexually transmitted infections in recent years, with substantially increased use as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 (CoVID-19) global pandemic. This method of access has been variously known as "self-testing,""home testing,"and "direct access testing."Although these online services may be offered through different mechanisms, here we focus on those that are consumer-driven and require self-collected samples, and sample shipment to a centralized laboratory without involvement of health care providers and/or local health departments. We provide the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association's position on utilization of these services and recommendations for both consumers and health care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E155-E159
JournalSexually transmitted diseases
Volume48
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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