ORDER A FREE STI SELF-SWAB KIT
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) self-swab kits are available for free to any mailing address in Alaska. Tests are shipped directly and discreetly to you. It’s the comfort of knowing on your own terms.
Frequently asked questions and information about I Want The Kit (IWTK), the STI self-swabbing kit.
What is the I Want the Kit (IWTK) service?
This service offers free sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing to Alaskans ages 14 years and older. The IWTK STI self-testing kits offer options to test for gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) or chlamydia (chlamydia trachomatis). In female-bodied people, the kits also offer the option to test for trichomoniasis.
What do I need to do?
- Create a log-in at www.iwantthekit.org.
- Order either a vaginal, penile and/or rectal test kit and receive it in the mail.
- 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).
- Check online for your test results or call the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium HIV/STD Clinical Services (877-334-8762).
- Get treated with antibiotics if you test positive for one or more of the following STIs: 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 www.iwantthekit.org website 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 STIs, 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 people with positive results receive 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 health care. 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 health care 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 is intended for individual use and not for use through health care providers.