Do you have some questions when it comes to an at home test?
Here is some helpful information in our home tests Q&A – We are always ready to help you further, please
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of testing at home?
For years, you needed to visit a clinic or lab to screen for routine care or common concerns. Sitting in a waiting room, having awkward conversations and paying for pricey tests is unpleasant enough for many people to avoid testing completely. This leads to undiagnosed and untreated infections and a greater risk for you and your loved one’s health. Test on your terms today with myLAB Box.
Home lab testing is the next step in the evolution of healthcare. With myLAB’s at home test options, you set your own schedule and test whenever you want for whatever you need. That means you can test from your own home, a friend’s house or at school and get the same results you would receive from a clinic. You won’t need to go through the hassle of making appointments ever again.
Taking a test at home is also less expensive than taking a test at a clinic or doctor’s office and does not require any copays. Home test kits are roughly half the cost of testing at a clinic or a doctor’s office and do not require insurance.
You can also receive your results faster. If you test in a clinic or doctor’s office, it can take weeks for them to get your results back from the lab, review your results, and contact you to discuss your health. But if you use an at-home test kit, your results will be emailed to you within two to five days.
What can I test for at home?
myLAB Box has the most robust at-home testing menu available online. Choose from any of our 50+ tests including sexual health and STDs, fertility, nutrition, fitness, cancer, diabetes and so much more.
You can either choose a testing kit that is designed to test for a specific condition or choose a wellness box designed to test for multiple conditions and wellness parameters at the same time – this will give you the most comprehensive view of your health.
How do at home tests work?
Taking an at-home test at home is simple and just as accurate as going to a clinic or a lab. Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Order
Select and order your test. myLAB Box offers 100% confidential screening. All of our home tests ship free in discreet packaging, so your neighbors and roommates won’t know you are receiving a test kit in the mail.
Step 2: Test
It only takes five minutes to complete your test but the contents will vary depending on what you’re testing for. The box will contain all of the tools you need to collect your sample. Our testing kit includes:
- Sample collection kit
- Simple instructions
- Pre-paid return envelope to send your samples in for testing
Follow the instructions to collect and send in your sample. It only takes a few minutes, so you can complete this test whenever it is most convenient for you.
Step 3: Get results
When you send your samples in, lab technicians will test them in the same type of facilities that medical clinics use. That means you will have the same accuracy as a clinic but at half the cost and no inconvenience. You tend to get test results within 2-5 days after you mail your sample. They are stored in a secure HIPAA data storage system and accessible only with your username and password.
You will receive an email notification when your test results are ready. Log into your myLAB Box account to review them online. You will also have the option of downloading a PDF of your results so you can share them at your discretion. All myLAB Box test results are lab-certified and can be used by your doctor for treatment.
Step 4: Free Consultation
If you ever test positive, myLAB Box offers a free phone consultation with a physician in your state. They can provide you with accurate information on available treatments and even send a prescription directly to your local pharmacy. Feel free to ask them questions about your results, discuss your concerns, and ask for advice regarding what steps you should take next.
myLAB Box was the first to offer completely remote testing-to-treatment in all 50 states, so when it comes to convenience and quality of care, no one’s got us beat. We are here to take care of you!
Are at-home tests accurate?
If you use an at-home test kit, your sample will be sent to a laboratory for evaluation. myLAB Box only works with the best CLIA and CAP accredited laboratories in the U.S. These are the same facilities that would evaluate your sample if you were tested in a doctor’s office or clinic, our at-home tests are validated to be just as reliable as in-office tests.
When should I get tested?
The optimal testing timing and frequency will vary with your lifestyle. Obviously, you should test if you are experiencing symptoms, but you should also test after a potential exposure. Many infections are asymptomatic which means as many as 80% of people may have no idea they are putting people around them at risk. For our wellness tests – we recommend testing proactively to identify areas of health optimization and adjust your lifestyle before small problems become big issues.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established some guidelines regarding who should get tested when it comes to STDs. If you are sexually active, we recommend that you get a full panel done at least once a year, but more frequently if you have had unprotected sex or multiple partners.
Everyone’s situation is unique. If you aren’t sure how often you should get tested, it’s best to speak to your doctor or reach out to our agents to help you determine what is right for you.
How to choose the right at-home test?
There are many testing options available to choose from. Individual testing kits tests are available and include, they are generally best for people who know or suspect they have been exposed to a particular infection.
We also offer combination panel kits that test for multiple infections or wellness parameters with one set of samples. They range from 2 to 14 panels. These are best for people with no symptoms or symptoms that could point to multiple infections or conditions. Combination panels are more cost effective when you are trying to eliminate multiple concerns at once. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to play it safe by testing with a combination panel.
Should you have any concerns, questions, or need help finding a test, try our smart search bar which allows you to search by symptom or contact our support team via chat, email or phone. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to take care of you!