Get Tested

"Our people: we are responsible for each other and ourselves." - Kodiak Alutiiq Cultural Value

NOTICE: I WANT THE KIT (free at-home STD testing) is unavailable until further notice (updated 8/15/2019). 

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Order your free at-home STD test kit here!

Why get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV?

Because knowledge is power! Most STDs have no visible symptoms, and if left untreated they can eventually cause infertility, chronic pain and even death. If you are sexually active, in any way, there is no wrong reason to get tested. If you think you have an STD, you can do something about it. Knowing your status helps you and your partner(s) to stay healthy. Getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) does not mean you will also be tested for HIV, you must ask for a HIV test!

Quick Fact: 1 of every 4 sexually active teens will get an STD this year. (source GYT)

What types of tests are there?

HIV and STD testing is free, quick, confidential and easy. Most STD tests are done with a simple urine test or a swab. You may have several options for HIV testing, such as mouth swab or small blood test. Getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) does not mean you will also be tested for HIV, you must ask for a HIV test!

How do I talk with my partner about getting tested?

Your partner might be as concerned as you are and relieved to talk about getting tested. You can both show that you care for each other and value each other’s life by getting tested. It can be a good couple activity to go get tested together. A healthy relationship includes both partners supporting each other to know their STD/HIV status.

Where can I go to get tested?

Local health departments or village clinics offer STD and HIV testing as do doctors’ offices. Talk with your healthcare provider about testing. Don't know where to get tested in Alaska? Go to our Find a Clinic page or Order a free at-home STD testing kit, learn more below.

If I'm under 18 can I get tested?

In the State of Alaska, minors do not have to have parental permission to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV. When you see your doctor or health care provider make sure you are ask what tests they are performing. Getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) does not mean you will also be tested for HIV, you must ask for a HIV test!

Feeling nervous? What will they ask?

Feeling nervous or uneasy about getting tested for STDs is something every one goes through. Remember, by being tested, you are taking charge of your good health. Examples of questions your doctor or provider may ask are: "Have you had sex with men? Have you had sex with women? Have you used condoms on a regular basis? Have you ever been diagnosed with a STD?"

Worried about someone finding out?

Remember your visit to the clinic or doctor is CONFIDENTIAL - meaning the doctors or providers can NOT tell your family or friends about your testing or results. Your parents do not need to give their permission and your parents will not be contacted by your provider to let them know you are being tested. If you are worried about your health care provider's ability to keep confidentiality or keeping your visit to the doctor private, read on about a free at-home STD test.

Quick fact: Alaska is #1 in the nation for Chlamydia in the US (source CDC)

Have more questions about getting a STD or HIV test?

You can ask your question confidentially, or call us at toll-free at 1-877-334-8762. Either way will give you professional advice from healthcare providers. We look forward from hearing from you!

Ready to get tested?

Your options:

  • Talk with your current doctor or healthcare provider about wanting to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and HIV. 
  • Go to your local family planning clinic, Planned Parenthood clinic, village clinic, or many other testing locations (find a clinic here) to receive STD and HIV testing.
  • Order a free at-home STD testing kit. Alaska mailing addresses only. 

Order your free at-home STD test kit here!

Frequently asked questions and information about I Want The Kit (IWTK), the at-home STD kit.

What is the at-home testing service?

This service offers free chlamydia and gonorrhea testing to Alaskans 14 years old and older. They are the most common treatable STDs.

What do I need to do?

  • Order either a vaginal, penile and/or rectal test kit.  
  • When you receive the kit:
    • Collect a sample(s) using the provided instructions and materials for self-collection.
    • Complete the provided contact form for follow up.
    • Mail everything in the postage-paid envelope (provided).
  • Call the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium HIV/STD Prevention Program (877-334-8762) for your results.
  • Get treated with antibiotics if you test positive for one or more of the following STDs: Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

How do I get my test result?

You will receive an email or text notification from IWTK when your results are ready. Log back into the website (www.iwantthekit.org) using the username and password chosen when you created your account to see them. You can get your results in one to two weeks by calling 877-334-8762. On the contact form, you can choose how you would like to be contacted: regular phone call, cell phone call, or email.

What happens if my test result is negative?

If you are negative we may not contact you with your results, but you are encouraged to call us to ask for your results (877-334-8762).

What happens if my test result is positive?

If you test positive for one or more STDs, we will talk to you about where to go for treatment. We will try to contact you using your chosen method of contact. You can choose the clinic where you will receive treatment.

Alaska State Law says we must report all chlamydia and gonorrhea positive results to the State of Alaska Department of Public Health. We must report to the State of Alaska so that they can monitor disease in the state and make sure you and your partners have received treatment. We will collect information on your treatment to make sure all those who test positive receive treatment.

Privacy and Confidentiality Notice

 To the full extent of the law, efforts will be made to take the necessary steps to protect your right to privacy and confidentiality at all times. If you are a minor (under 18) you have the right to “give consent for diagnosis, prevention or treatment of pregnancy, and for diagnosis and treatment of venereal disease [sexually transmitted disease]” (AS25.20.025 (a) (4)). You can decide to involve your parent or guardian in your reproductive healthcare. Test results will not be placed in your medical records unless you expressly request it. If you receive treatment for a positive test result it is up to you to discuss treatment confidentiality with your healthcare provider.

The Alaska-based IWTK service is made possible through a partnership between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Johns Hopkins University. This service is funded by the Indian Health Service. It’s intended for individual use and not for use through health care providers.