Location: United Kingdom
The home kit can be purchased in stores or shipped directly to the patient’s home to test for urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common infection that 50-60% of women will experience at some point. The condition can cause a lot of discomfort with symptoms, including burning when passing water, passing water more often, back pain, and fatigue.
Typically, seeing a medical professional about an infection involves a urine sample and being prescribed antibiotics if necessary, both of which can be undertaken remotely thanks to advancements in telemedicine. TestCard is one of the startups making diagnosis possible without attending a clinic in-person.
TestCard sells at-home UTI test kits currently for £10.00 with free shipping and includes two tests. The results offer the same accuracy as laboratory tests and provide almost instant results.
Once the patient receives the test kit, they collect a sample in a clean container mid-stream and briefly dip the test strip into the sample. Holding the test strip where indicated, the patient scans the QR code using the TestCard app to receive the results. The app guides the user through aligning the strip and the precise timing. The urine is checked for three makers of potential infection. The results can be shared with healthcare professionals if the patient chooses
Currently, TestCard is working on two other self-test kits: a glucose urine test, and malaria urine test.