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Last week, GetSTDtested.com released their list of the Top 100 Sex&Love&Dating Blogs, and our little ol’ humble home site EMandLO.com not only made the top 10, we were ranked third! (Excuse us while we do The Running Man.) Only OkCupid’s OkTrends(#1) and EmpowHER.com (#2) beat us out. Now, we know this was just a clever marketing technique by GetSTDtested.com to drum up some buzz and get some shout outs, but we don’t care — we’re suckers for flattery! We’re also suckers for safer sex, regular STD testing for the sexually active, and open communication about one’s health history. So hell yes, we’ll happily give GetSTDtested.com a shout out.

The site caters to people who can’t get in to their doctor as quickly as they’d like, who don’t have health insurance but want to get tested at a fairly reasonable price, and/or who want to avoid face-to-face interactions when it comes to testing. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose Your Testing Options: Select which STDs to test for and whether you’d prefer to be tested at home or at one of their 4,000 lab locations. They accept credit/debit cards, e-checks and anoymous cash drop-off.
  2. Take The Test: Visit their nearest lab or take the test from the comfort of your own home and send the sample in.
  3. Check Your Results: Your test results will be ready within 1-3 days (faster than most doctor’s offices) and you’ll be notified the second they are available. You can then view them via secure online portal or discuss them over the phone.
  4. Treatment Options: If the news isn’t good, you can discuss your test with one of their in-house physicians 24/7 to help interpret test results and answer questions.

We haven’t used the site ourselves so we can’t attest to the quality of the service. We did have one initial question for them, which they answered promptly: Why don’t you offer HPV testing? Here’s what they told us:

Good question about the HPV testing…that’s probably the most common question we receive. HPV testing in women requires Pap test and is usually administered following an irregular Pap (in women over 30 it’s routine). In men, there isn’t a commercially available test, and some would argue HPV testing in men would be inefficient since the infection is often benign and typically self-resolves. Also, since we are a remote service and don’t have doctors/gynecologist doing physical exams, we don’t offer HPV testing for women. All of our testing is performed at local diagnostic laboratories (Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp) by phlebotomists through non-invasive blood and urine samples so they don’t perform Paps or pelvic exams there either.

Whether you use this kind of service, Planned Parenthood, or just your good ol’ friendly family doc, it’s a good idea for the sexually active to stay on top of their sexual health status. Get tested!

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