Understanding Lab Test Results
Home Test Kits
You can do some types of tests at home, such as testing for Reference blood sugar, Reference pregnancy, Reference urinary tract infections, and Reference HIV Opens New Window infection. Some home tests give you results right away, such as a pregnancy test. Others, such as HIV test kits, provide a way for you to send a sample to a lab for testing. The lab then reports results back to you.
The quality and reliability of home tests varies greatly. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a reliable brand. Follow the instructions, and check with your doctor if you are concerned about the results. Your doctor will usually do further testing to confirm your results.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 6, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine