Alaskans who might not feel comfortable going to a clinic to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease now have another option.
Alaska had the highest Chlamydia rate in the country in 2010, and the second highest rate of gonorrhea. According to health officials Alaska has had the first or second highest rates of Chlamydia since 2000.
A partnership between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Indian Health Service and Johns Hopkins University is trying to change Alaska’s high rates of sexually transmitted disease.
The partnership will provide at-home STD testing kits. Each home test kit comes in an anonymous envelope with instructions, an identification number, and a prepaid return envelope for the self-collected swabs.