New STI home-testing kit is set to hit the market & it’s good news for queer men especially
As we’ve reported before, rates of gonorrhea have shot up in recent years. Queer men are among the worst-hit communities.
In 2021, US authorities reported over 700,000 cases of gonorrhea. This represents a 28% increase on five years previously. Almost a third of all cases were in gay and bisexual men.
Health authorities are taking novel steps to try and tackle this problem. On Wednesday, the FDA announced its approval of a gonorrhea and chlamydia home-testing kit.
People will soon be able to buy the Simple 2 Test at a pharmacy and take a specimen at home. They then send their sample to a designated laboratory for testing. The kit will reportedly cost $99 and a result will be sent in 2-5