In response to encouraging Americans to know their HIV status, public health professionals have initiated a massive awareness campaign via traditional media. This awareness does nothing if there are no accessible and affordable places to be tested. Barriers that are keeping people from finding out their HIV and STD status include:
-- Long waits, inconvenient hours, and brusque service at public health clinics
-- Denied service at public clinics (not in a high-risk group)
-- Don't want to discuss risky sexual behavior with their regular doctors
-- Incomplete insurance coverage for "preventative" STD testing at private doctors' offices
-- High fees at private, online test sites
STDTest.org uses the Triple A engine (accessibility, anonymity, affordability) of the Internet to meet everyone's needs in regards to STD/HIV testing. The site will address the issues currently keeping sexually active people from getting tested by providing a secure, confidential online environment where people can learn about STDs and download lab slips at any time of day or night; bypass an office visit and simply take their lab slips to laboratories that are open flexible hours (including weekends); be finished at the lab in 5-10 minutes, and receive results for no charge online within 3-5 days via a confidential ID.
Unlike some commercial sites (eHIVtest.com), where testing can cost close to $600, all testing via STDTest.org will be free. Donations will be accepted on the site, and continued fundraising on ISIS' part will help provide continuance of service.