Why get tested?

Most of us have been conditioned to fear sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with fervor, whether it was through our abstinence-only sex education, old school media propaganda, or word of mouth rumors. Yes, STIs are serious business. What should concern you, though, is not their presence, but what happens if you leave them be. Just like the flu, strep throat, or the stomach bug (which funnily don’t produce the same fearful reaction as “CHLAMYDIA”), STIs are a part of life. When we get them, we have ways to mitigate and keep them under control. We’d like to dispel some myths about STIs and testing that we’ve found are often misunderstood:

  1. Just because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t have STIs! Many STIs are asymptomatic, meaning you won’t know you have them until you get tested.
  2. You can get STIs in your mouth or rectum, not just your genitals; where you get them depends on the sexual activities in which you engage.
  3. Wearing a condom (or other barrier contraceptives) doesn’t prevent all STIs.
  4. Taking birth control (the pill, IUD, patch, ring) definitely doesn’t prevent STIs.
  5. PrEP doesn’t prevent you from contracting all STIs. While it is highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV when taken regularly it does not prevent the spread of other STIs.

Keep all of this in mind, but don’t let it stop you from having sex :) Conscious engagement is key, people! Ash believes that if you are sexually active and have multiple partners, testing regularly isn’t just good practice. It’s essential.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), STIs are on the rise - 20 million new cases of STIs occur every year in the United States with rates steadily increasing year-over-year. With the most common STIs being Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.

That’s why Ash’s first STI self-testing kit is testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Now I know what you're thinking ‘how can I test for these two infections in the comfort of my own home?’ Well sexual beings of the universe, it’s pretty darn easy. Based on your genitalia and sexual activity all our FDA CLIA certified lab needs is urine and/or swabs.