Renegade.health At-Home PrEP/STI Collection Kit discreetly and effectively helps underserved communities to get on PrEP.
Renegade.health, an LGBTQA+-owned public benefit corporation, is pleased to announce its nationwide (49 states) availability as part of its highly popular and effective PrEPforBetter campaign. Patients have expressed positive sentiment towards the PrEPforBetter campaign, and renegade.health’s partners at Community Based Organizations (CBOs) have reported that it has been a success in getting more people on PrEP.
Among the benefits of the campaign are free shipping, laboratory services, medical professional evaluations, and telemedicine appointments, in addition to the innovative renegade.health At-Home PrEP/STI Test Collection Kit.
“In making PrEP and STI testing easier, better and more private, we are able to help give access to LGBTQIA+ underserved communities,” said Craig Rouskey, CEO of Renegade.bio. “We believe that increased access to HIV and STI testing is crucial, especially among communities with a higher infection rate.”
In the renegade.health At-Home PrEP/STI Test Collection Kit, Renegade.health provides patients with a clinical-grade blood collection solution via the Tasso blood collection device. Tasso devices enable simple, convenient, and virtually painless blood collection for users. As well as making the kit easy to obtain and return, patients have also praised the Tasso device for its ability to collect blood rather than traditional finger pricks. From renegade.bio’s own white paper, the Tasso blood collection device is 39 times more sensitive compared to dried blood spot cards found in most at-home test kits for an HIV viral load test.
“The renegade.health PrEP/STI Test Collection Kit has become a vital part of my health and sexual healthcare journey. The free kit is sent directly to me every 90 days, in accordance to PrEP testing requirements, which allows me to easily test myself for HIV and multiple STIs at once I feel empowered by using the PrEP/STI Test Collection Kit and I hope others across the U.S. can benefit from this simple and very accessible health tool.” says John Josephs
With a special focus on rural and suburban communities, the campaign targets LGBTQ+ sexually active people who are not currently taking PrEP, or who are seeking a new PrEP partner. Due to their socioeconomic, transportation, or personal limitations, these communities have historically been underserved. Renegade.health provides high-quality PrEP/STI testing to these communities through discreet packaging, as well as ease of use. “Tasso’s convenient, virtually painless blood collection technology makes testing more accessible for patients,” said Ben Casavant, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of Tasso. “We are honored to support renegade.bio in their mission to reduce health disparities and inequities. It is critical to ensure that all communities have access to the care and testing that they need.”
All analysis is done at the renegade.bio’s laboratory in Berkeley, CA. The laboratory CAP-accredited and CLIA-certified. Each patient sample is tested for HIV-1, HIV-2, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and syphilis among other STIs.