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Health Tests That You Can Do At Home

Every adult should take charge of their health, be informed on the different diseases, health options and seek treatment and prevention methods.  It is essential to always schedule checkups with a physician as early detection makes any disease easier to treat.

Alternatively, buy a home testing kit for easier testing, privacy or to ease the number of trips to the doctor’s office. Here are home testing kits for you to consider:

STD Home Testing Kits

There are now home testing kits available and in which you can use at the comfort and privacy of your own home.  They are able to test diseases like HIV, Chlamydia, Herpes, gonorrhoea, Trichomonas vaginalis among others.

This article expounds more on test kits suppliers. Click here to read more.

Pregnancy Tests

This is one of the most used home-based tests and it’s so popular among people. To get an accurate result, check the expiry date before purchase then read the instructions when you get home and follow them to the latter. In addition to this, it’s more advisable to take the test in the morning as your urine is more concentrated with the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone. This is the hormone that appears in your blood and urine ten days after you miss your period.

 

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You can get a pregnancy test at any pharmacy for less than KES 150.

Pee- On Strip Test

Urinary Tract Infections can sometimes occur repeatedly and make you feel as if you have bigger problems or an STI. A simple pee on the strip can solve that problem and reveal whether you have a UTI. However, UTIs should not be treated as minor problems as the infection can spread to the kidney and turn septic.

HIV Test

Depending on the type you choose, it’s possible to know your results in 20 minutes. If you’d like to have your results urgently, choose the HIV Test kit that requires saliva or mouth swab as opposed to blood or finger prick. For a finger prick, you might have to send the sample to the lab.

You can get a home-based HIV at most pharmacies countrywide.

 

Diabetes: Home Based Glucose Testing

Most people take long in realising they have diabetes, or that their body is having problems managing blood glucose. For people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes; a home-based test goes a long way in ensuring that their blood glucose is at safe levels.

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This article explains why you need a home-based diabetes kit, how to take and read the results and the optimal time to take the test. Click here to read.

What other tests (health or otherwise ) can you do at home? Let us know in the comments below.

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