The Importance of At-Home STI Testing

TBD Health and FOLX have joined forces to revolutionize sexual healthcare, making it more inclusive, accessible, and easier than ever before through at-home STI testing.

March 29, 2024
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In a groundbreaking collaboration, TBD Health and FOLX have joined forces to revolutionize sexual healthcare, making it more inclusive, accessible, and easier than ever before. This partnership aims to address the unique needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and provide comprehensive and affirming care for everyone. With TBD Health's expertise in sex-positive sexual healthcare and FOLX's commitment to transforming LGBTQIA+ health, this collaboration promises to be a game-changer in the field of sexual healthcare. 

One special area of excitement is the advancement in at-home STI testing! 

In today's fast-paced world, convenience, comfort, and ease have become more important than ever. This is especially true when it comes to sexual healthcare. Unfortunately, many individuals face barriers when it comes to getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). But here’s the great news: at-home STI testing has emerged (with companies like TBD Health & FOLX) as a simple and accessible solution! 

Let’s explore the numerous benefits of at-home STI testing and how it makes prioritizing your sexual health easier than ever before.

Increased Accessibility

At-home STI testing has revolutionized the way individuals can take charge of their sexual health. With just a few simple steps, anyone can order a testing kit online and have it discreetly delivered to their doorstep. This accessibility eliminates the need to schedule appointments and visit a healthcare clinic, making it particularly beneficial for those who live in remote areas or have limited mobility. And when it comes to sexual health, EVERYONE deserves to have equal access to care!

Reduction in Testing Anxiety

The anxiety associated with visiting a healthcare clinic for STI testing is a common deterrent for many individuals, especially members of marginalized groups that have experienced medical bias and discrimination in the past. At-home testing provides a comfortable and private alternative, allowing people to collect samples in the privacy of their own homes. This reduces the stress and nervousness often associated with discussing intimate matters with healthcare professionals, encouraging more individuals to prioritize regular testing.

Protection of Privacy

Privacy is a paramount concern when it comes to STI testing. At-home testing ensures complete confidentiality, allowing individuals to maintain their privacy throughout the entire testing process. By eliminating face-to-face interactions and providing secure and discreet packaging, at-home testing offers a safe and confidential option for those who value their privacy.

Time-Saving Convenience

Time is a valuable resource, and at-home STI testing recognizes this. With at-home testing, individuals can skip the commute, waiting rooms, and lengthy appointments, saving precious time. By eliminating the need for multiple visits to a clinic, at-home testing allows individuals to get tested at their own convenience, fitting it seamlessly into their busy schedules.

Easier Routine Testing

Routine testing is crucial for early detection and treatment of STIs. However, the inconvenience and time commitment associated with clinic visits often result in individuals neglecting regular testing. At-home STI testing makes routine testing more accessible and convenient, encouraging individuals to prioritize their sexual health on a regular basis.

This partnership between TBD Health and FOLX marks a significant step forward in making sexual healthcare inclusive and accessible to everyone. By reducing testing anxiety, protecting privacy, saving time, and making routine testing easier, these companies are empowering individuals to take control of their sexual well-being. So don't wait any longer - prioritize your sexual health today! You can speak to a FOLX clinician about at-home STI testing and more.


FOLX Health is the first digital healthcare company designed by and for the LGBTQIA+ community. Our services include virtual primary care, gender-affirming hormone therapy including estrogen and testosterone (HRT), mental health care, sexual and reproductive health care, preventive care, and fertility consultations. FOLX memberships give you access to LGBTQIA+ expert clinicians, peer support, thousands of LGBTQIA+ resources, and more. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, or nonbinary, you can find LGBTQIA+-specialized health care that helps you meet your wellness goals. FOLX Health is health care that's queer all year. Get all the benefits of becoming a FOLX member and sign up today!