Palm Bay, Florida (PRWEB) May 24, 2004
You have been feeling extremely tired with aching joints, loss of appetite, nausea, and yellow skin. You go online to a medical information site and learn the symptoms could mean Hepatitis C. What do you do next? For more and more people the answer is no longer to reach for the phone to schedule an appointment with their doctor. Instead, they're jumping online to order home healthcare tests. Just as online do-it-yourself medical diagnosis sites have proliferated in recent years, sites that offer home tests for a wide range of diseases, conditions, and other risks are finding a receptive audience among people who feel that, as informed adults, they are capable of playing an active role in diagnosing and treating their illnesses.
Type "home health testing" into an Internet search engine and you'll find hundreds of links to sites that sell home medical tests: alcohol tests, male and female infertility tests, a range of allergy and cancer tests, menopause tests, cholesterol tests, both hair and urinary drug tests, HIV tests, thyroid tests, hormone tests, kidney tests, urinary tract infection tests Â even home DNA tests.
According to Ken Adams, president of Home Health TestingÂ® Â one of the pioneers that sell home health tests online at http://www.homehealthtesting.com "Many tests are simple and so long as the instructions are clear, the FDA has said there's no reason not to do them at home. However people do have a responsibility to do their own research and learn about the condition for which they are testing.Â
If a test is not administered correctly and turns up positive for a condition, it's a mistake that's easy to correct - and it's very likely to be corrected. "You take a test and you go to your doctor and say, ÂThis test indicates that I may have this problem,Â Adams says "The doctor may give you the same test again since he may not know if you did it correctly. But that's OK, because the whole point is to get you in to see your doctor.Â Better to self-test and then be re-tested than never to find out that you have a condition. "Do you really think that if someone takes a test and gets a positive result that they're not going to see their doctor?Â
What's behind the boom in this industry? The factors cited most often are privacy, convenience, cost, and control. Home health testing is anonymous, can be done at will without a long wait for an appointment, is often cheaper than lab tests done through a physician's office, and puts decision-making about what is wrong, what should be done, and when to consult a doctor into the patient's hands. Americans who consider themselves better informed about health issues feel that home testing levels the playing field when they do see their doctor.
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