We test for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis.
Luhu focuses on STD's, especially the most life-threatening ones such as HIV, Hepatitis C and Syphilis, but we also address the others like Hepatitis B, which is also life-threatening, in addition to Chlamydia, Herpes, and Gonorrhea (see below).
How Often Does Luhu Test?
We test quarterly as part of our regular plan. However, the ideal would be for everyone to test monthly. There are many individuals who are at higher risk (for example, those with multiple sexual partners) who should test monthly. Even for those who are fairly cautious with their sex lives, monthly is still reasonable. It might sound like a lot, and perhaps unrealistic. It’s not. It’s easy. You will get in and out of the lab service center lickety split, especially after you've made an appointment on our site. It’ll just be a quick extra 10-minute stop on the way to the dry cleaners or just before picking up the kids at soccer practice. It’ll be a quick errand on the way to class, or during your lunch break at work.
What’s more important is why you have to test at least quarterly, and preferably monthly. Keep in mind that we have created the least expensive approach possible by performing tests only when truly necessary, while providing a high degree of safety. Having said that, how often we recommend testing comes down to the nature of the diseases, specifically, HIV.
For more on the specific diseases and how our testing program works for each, click one of the links below. You’ll also find information on what we do if you test positive.
- HIV (www.myluhu.com/hiv-info)
- Hepatitis C (www.myluhu.com/hepatitis-c-info)
- Syphilis (www.myluhu.com/syphilis-info)
What about Hepatitis B, Chlamydia, Herpes and Gonorrhea?
We do offer testing for Hepatitis B. Read why we have made it an optional test: (www.myluhu.com/hepatitis-b-info)
Chlamydia, Herpes and Gonorrhea are optional tests which you can order at any time. They are not a mandatory part of our testing regimen because they don’t kill in the vast majority of cases (there are potential rare exceptions, such as Herpes encephalitis).
With Herpes, around 1 out of every 3 Americans tests positive for Herpes. Yes, that many. However, since herpes is a disease that is, overall, not deadly, and can be suppressed with medication, we made the test optional. Furthermore, Herpes testing is not altogether reliable, and sometimes shows a false positive result in non-infected people, so keep that in mind if you ask for that test.
Chlamydia is treatable. So is gonorrhea (drug resistant gonorrhea is an exception, but there is not much information on this latest development yet). So, it’s up to you and your partner as to whether these tests are necessary.
What if I get into a long-term, monogamous relationship? Or, decide to take a break from sexual relationships?
Let’s say you meet someone who could be the ONE — or at least, the one for a good, long while. Or, you just want to take an extended time out from relationships. You might decide to stop regular testing, while still hanging on to your Luhu membership. If you do, you’ll keep access to all your past test results, but your Luhu badge will turn from green to amber. This means you have tested healthy in the past, but you’ve passed the 90-day regular testing period. When you resume testing, you can get your green badge back if you test negative for disease.
Keep in mind that “you never know.” Those people who test regularly and demonstrate a pattern of behavior showing a dedication to staying clear of disease are the most preferred individuals for others who have the same mindset.
If you decide to stop testing, you have two options: maintain your “lockbox” of test results, and the ability to share your existing results with others for 10 dollars a month; or, you can cancel your membership completely. Should you choose to cancel completely, all your data will be purged and deleted from our system. We recommend maintaining your lockbox (for the cost of 33 to 40 cents a day), and demonstrating to yourself and others a history of good health, should you choose to resume testing later.
Please note that those who have earned a Luhu gold star after 6 months of disease-free testing will lose the gold star if they stop testing. To get it back, they will have to complete 6 more months of clear testing.