Pager, the Uber for home health care, has provided testing for sexually transmitted infections since it started operating in the city of New York, USA. This service wasn’t notably featured in their advertising, although.
“We needed persons to realize it was something we could help them do,” Dr. Jasper Schmidt, Pager’s medical director stated. “It was something individuals needed for privacy reasons. But we were not definite if we should let the service be very much organic or market it independently.”
Since today is the day of National HIV Testing Day, although, the company opted to publicize the service. Pager provides testing for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, urinary tract infections and hepatitis B and C.
“It was a great time to let individuals know the option was there,” Dr. Schmidt claimed.
Each test is customized for the sufferer’s requirements—few tests which need urine or feces sample or a throat swab can be conducted by the sufferer themselves, and physicians can draw blood samples if essential.
No matter the kind of test or infection, although, a Pager doctor or nurse comes to the sufferer’s home to collect the proposed sample—the bodily fluid is stored inside a sterile container and transported straightly to a LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics lab.
Dr. John Papp, epidemiologist in the Division of STD Prevention for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, informed that safe home testing processes like these were precious tools in the fight against the harmful diseases like STDs.
“With an assumed 20 million new STDs acquired in the U.S.A per year it is significant to establish new and quick ways to test for these infections so that proper treatment can be administered without any such delay,” Dr. Papp claimed in an email. “CDC promotes safe, effective innovation for diagnosing STDs.”
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