Home kit to test for sexually transmitted diseases
- By: Karen Hebert
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, United States, have developed a home testing kit for sexually transmitted diseases that will be piloted in the Maryland area over the next six months. Five hundred kits will be available in the study, which is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The aim is to replicate the successful, widely used home pregnancy tests and lower the rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young women, who are most at risk of contracting an STD and least likely to have regular checkups.
Charlotte Gaydos, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and leader of the study, said, “Many women are left unaware for years that they have an STD because symptoms do not commonly appear for long periods after infection.” She continued: “It can take two to three years before infected women