Private MD Labs offers anonymous STD testing to individuals

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Health and privacy both got a boost today when Private MD Lab Services, Atlanta, announced its latest offering for completely anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS.

But they are a way for individuals to detect disease, clarify family history, maintain an excellent health profile, save on insurance, and retain their anonymity. There are certain groups of people who, for many reasons, need testing that falls outside the scope of a 'normal' physician-patient relationship. We're here to meet those needs and offer them peace of mind.

Health and privacy both got a boost today when Private MD Lab Services, Atlanta, announced its latest offering for completely anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS.

Most states require physicians and labs by law to report positive STD test results to the state health department. Despite these laws, most states also allow specifically for anonymous testing. To help organizations rectify these divergent goals, Private MD Lab Services has implemented innovative procedures for ordering and delivering STD tests and their results.

"We've invested significant resources so that individuals can maintain their anonymity, while healthcare providers and laboratories can adhere to state reporting mandates," said Otis A. Plunk, M.D., medical director with Private MD Lab Services. "Our services allow people to take charge of their own health without putting providers in a sticky situation."

Private MD Lab Services makes the testing process straightforward:
1.    Select a patient service center - a lab that will complete the testing.
2.    Select the test/s from the company's website, http://www.privatemdlabs.com.
3.    Calculate the total.
4.    Choose a payment method:
a.    Pre-paid "green dot" Visa or Mastercard - works like a regular credit card, but you decide how much money to "load" onto it. Available at retailers like Wal-Mart, as well as the Private MD Labs website.
b.    Cash deposit into the company's bank account
c.    Money order or cashier's check
5.    After receiving payment, Private MD Labs will send a secure e-mail containing the requisition paperwork for the lab.
6.    Print the paperwork and report to the lab for testing.
7.    When lab work is complete - usually within 24 hours of testing - Private MD Labs sends another e-mail with a link to a secure area to view and/or download test results.

Anonymous STD testing can sometimes mean patients still need to see a doctor. In the case of abnormal test results, Private MD Labs advises patients to seek medical attention.

"Our services are not, in any way, a substitute for a physical exam or for consultation with healthcare providers," Plunk cautions. "But they are a way for individuals to detect disease, clarify family history, maintain an excellent health profile, save on insurance, and retain their anonymity. There are certain groups of people who, for many reasons, need testing that falls outside the scope of a 'normal' physician-patient relationship. We're here to meet those needs and offer them peace of mind."

Private MD Lab Services provides confidential clinical laboratory services promoting wellness, prevention and early detection of disease. They work with some of the country's largest corporations, as well as state and local health departments, in organizing and administering health screenings. They supply valuable information to patients, consumers and healthcare professionals dedicated to improving health and reducing disability and death from medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and STDs. Through strategic alliances with LabCorp, they are able to provide top-quality, confidential and certified results that will stand up in a court of law, if necessary. These results can be viewed through their secure e-mail system and printed as soon as 24-48 hours from the time of collection.

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