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LetsGetChecked is a health diagnostics company where people can buy at-home health tests. Here, our editor shares their experience with this service.
Please note that the writer of this article has not tried this service.
All quotes are provided by a Medical News Today Editor, Lois Zoppi, who received a free testosterone test from LetsGetChecked to review.
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LetsGetChecked is a diagnostic company with over 350 employees. Founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 2014, it launched in the United States in 2017.
LetsGetChecked has an online store offering a wide range of at-home health test kits.
Individuals can order health tests and access their personal profiles from their desktop or laptop computer, as well as by iOS and Android mobile applications. The kits include everything a person needs to provide a sample and send it back to a lab.
A person can view tests and access their results from their dashboard once logged in.
There are some advantages and disadvantages of using LetsGetChecked’s services, including:
- all tests are Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared and approved
- some tests are more affordable than competitors
- a person can take the tests at a place most convenient for them
- the tests arrive in discreet, unmarked packaging
- there is a live chat option for individuals to ask questions before making a purchase
- results are usually within 2–5 days
- there is a large number of tests available
- if a person has a positive result, they can speak with a nurse for advice
- individuals are unable to request specific tests that are not listed
- no health assessments are available
- some users report the company does not promptly delete personal information
- the company does not ship to all countries
- there may not be as many tests as some of its competitors
Once a person receives the test, they can follow the instructions within the kit. The general steps include:
A person can take the samples needed for their test anywhere they feel comfortable, but the tests will specify the exact time they should take the samples. For example, this could be a time of day, time since exposure, or day of a person’s menstrual cycle. When they have provided the samples, a person has to return them to LetsGetChecked using the shipping label provided.
Specific instructions apply to each type of test. A person can access information about the tests on the company’s website, including the best time to take samples and which tests require a fasting period.
Sample types include saliva, urine, and blood samples.
A person must send their sample back to the lab on the same day they take the test. The company usually asks that customers take their test before 10 am. LetsGetChecked provides the appropriate packaging.
A person can track their sample from when it leaves their home until it arrives at the LetsGetChecked facility.
The lab will notify the customer once their samples arrive. The notification will also state when their results will be available.
According to the website, this is within 2–5 working days.
LetsGetChecked uses robotics and automation to ensure that it processes a person’s samples quickly. The company processes the samples in one of its CLIA-accredited laboratories and operates a barcoding system to ensure confidentiality.
Once the lab has analyzed a person’s test, a team of LetsGetChecked physicians will review the results. A nurse from the medical team will contact the individual to explain their results if they are abnormal, offer advice for lifestyle changes when appropriate, and in some cases, offer prescriptions.
LetsGetChecked will retain the user’s health records and results, and the user will be able to access them from their personalized LetsGetChecked dashboard.
We tried LetsGetChecked
Lois Zoppi, a Medical News Today Market Editor, tried LetsGetChecked’s Testosterone Test.
“The instructions for the testosterone test were very easy to follow. The kit shows you step-by-step the process of collecting your sample, with illustrations to guide you. For finger-prick tests, there are tips on where to take your sample from and how to extract enough blood for the test, which was very helpful for me, having never taken a finger-prick test before.
“Providing a blood sample was simple. For those worried about whether the lancet hurts: the pain was a small pinch followed by a very mild ache. The incisions are very small at around a millimeter. There will be some tenderness the next day, but not enough to interfere with typing or other everyday actions. Overall, it was quick and relatively painless, and took about 5–7 minutes in total.
“My results came in just one day, and I was impressed they came through so fast. However, I tested this product in the United Kingdom. Shipping times may be longer in the U.S. as the company’s website states it has labs in just two states: New York and California.”
The company offers a variety of tests specific to both males and females, as well as many general health tests and screenings.
LetsGetChecked uses biomarkers for many of the tests. Biomarkers are molecules that may indicate a regularity or an irregularity in the body’s processes. It can also indicate that a person may have a health condition.
A person who wishes to gain insight into their health and those who need routine testing may benefit from LetsGetChecked’s at-home testing kits.
Its services may also suit those who prefer to take tests in a more private environment than in a doctor’s office or clinic.
LetsGetChecked offers over 30 health tests on its website or app. A person can choose from the following testing categories:
LetsGetChecked states its coronavirus tests are suitable for people aged 2 years and above. However, all other tests are for people aged 18 and over, making them unsuitable for children and adolescents.
The content of the LetsGetChecked health test kits varies depending on the type of test a person chooses. However, an at-home health test kit can include:
- instructions on how to take the test
- a patient ID
- sample collection tubes or containers
- adhesive strips
- sterile wipes
- a biohazard bag in which to place samples
- a return envelope
LetsGetChecked claims that a person can access support 24–7, including video guides and phone calls, during which a person can get guidance from LetsGetChecked nurses on the company’s medical team on the testing process.
A person can also get help with their sexual health prescriptions. The company states a person can remain anonymous if they need to. Individuals can arrange a mail-to-order setup, which means they will get their prescriptions delivered to a location of their choice.
People can sync the health data from their wearable devices, such as an Apple Watch or Fitbit, to the LetsGetChecked dashboard, which can help the company’s system gain deeper insights into their health. A person can also request a call from the website to talk with a nurse about their test results.
Below is an overview of each of the tests LetsGetChecked provides.
The table below looks at LetsGetChecked’s available tests.
Below are the types of wellness tests that LetsGetChecked offers.
|Test type||Tests for||Collection method||Price|
|Celiac||tissue transglutaminase (tTG) and endomysial antibodies (EMA)||finger prick||$119|
|Cholesterol||total triglycerides, cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and HDL percentage of overall cholesterol||finger prick||$89–99|
|Colon Cancer Screening||fecal immunochemical test (FIT)||stool sample||$89|
|CRP||high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP)||finger prick||$89|
|Diabetes||percentage of hemoglobin A1c||finger prick||$89|
|Diabetes & Heart||percentage of hemoglobin A1c, total triglycerides, cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and HDL percentage of total cholesterol||finger prick||$99|
|Kidney function||urea, creatinine, and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)||finger prick||$99|
|Lyme disease||borrelia IgM antibodies and borrelia IgG antibodies||finger prick||$119|
|Micronutrients||vitamin D, B12, and vitamin E, copper, selenium, zinc, and magnesium||finger prick||$179|
|Minerals||copper, selenium, zinc, and magnesium||finger prick||$129|
|Thyroid||thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine, and free triiodothyronine||finger prick||$99|
|Thyroid antibody||free thyroxine, free triiodothyronine, TSH, thyroglobulin antibodies, and thyroid peroxidase antibodies||finger prick||$119|
|Vitamins||vitamins D, B12, and E||finger prick||$109|
Tests for females
The following table shows the types of tests available for females.
|Test type||Tests for||Collection method||Price|
|Female hormone||follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin, and estradiol||finger prick||$139|
|Ovarian reserve||anti-mullerian hormone (AMH)||finger prick||$139|
|Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)||testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), free androgen index (FAI), FSH, LH, and cortisol||finger prick and saliva||$119|
|Progesterone||progesterone hormone||finger prick||$99|
|Vaginitis||bacterial vaginosis (BV), candida vaginitis (CV), and trichomonas vaginitis (TV)||vaginal swab||$199|
Tests for males
The table below shows the types of tests available for males.
|Test type||Tests for||Collection method||Price|
|Male hormone advanced||testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin, free androgen index, prolactin, and estradiol||finger prick||$179|
|Male hormone complete||testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin, free androgen index, prolactin, estradiol, and cortisol||finger prick and saliva||$199|
Sexual health tests
Below, we look at the types of sexual health tests a person can buy from LetsGetChecked.
|Test type||Tests for||Collection method||Price|
|Simple 2||chlamydia and gonorrhea||urine sample||$99|
|Standard 5||chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HIV, and syphilis||finger prick and urine sample||$149|
|Complete 8||chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HIV, syphilis, mycoplasma, ureaplasma, and gardnerella||finger prick and urine sample||$249|
|Herpes||herpes simplex I (HSV-I) and herpes simplex II (HSV-II)||finger prick||$119|
In March 2021, the FDA authorized LetsGetChecked to sell at-home COVID-19 tests directly to consumers and retailers.
The company offers reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) COVID-19 test kits for both individuals and companies. Both tests look to confirm the presence of SARS-Cov-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19.
The test requires a person to collect a sample via a lower-nasal swab.
Bulk testing for companies is only available in the U.S., the United Kingdom (U.K.), and Ireland.
Tests for individuals cost $119. The cost of tests for companies depends on the needs of the organization.
A person can also get a test for hepatitis B and hepatitis C from LetsGetChecked for $89. To do this test, a person must provide a finger-prick sample.
People should consult a doctor if they are concerned about their health or any conditions listed in this article. They should also speak with a doctor before taking any action based on the results of any tests they take.
A person should also seek medical advice when looking for at-home tests for help with choosing kits that will be safe, accurate, and appropriate for them to take.
At the time of publishing, Trustpilot rates LetsGetChecked as excellent, with 4.6 out of a possible 5 stars, based on over 15,400 reviews.
Consumer comments mention the easy instructions included with the at-home tests, fast results, helpful and knowledgeable agents, informative analysis and discussion of results, and efficient and excellent service.
Negative reviews comment on delays in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results, inaccurate results for other tests, and unclear instructions.
According to the company website, LetsGetChecked will not share personal data with any third-party agents without the user’s explicit consent. However, it may share this information with state health agencies if necessary.
To ensure anonymity, LetsGetChecked assigns a unique barcode consisting of an alpha code and a numerical code. Users can use these codes to track their samples and access their results through the company website and app. A person’s results are also password protected.
If a person wishes to share their results with a doctor, they can print or download a copy. However, this feature is currently only available in the U.S. and the U.K.
There are alternative brands that a person may consider. These include:
- Everlywell: Similar to LetsGetChecked, Everlywell offers more than 30 at-home kits and FDA-authorized COVID-19 test kits. Learn more about Everlywell here.
- Quest Diagnostics: A person can order their health tests with Quest Diagnostics, which the FDA has also authorized to sell COVID-19 at-home testing kits.
The table below shows how LetsGetChecked compares with its competitors.
|Number of tests available||Results time||Price range|
|Quest Diagnostics||60||2–5 days||$0–559|
A person does not need a prescription to order a kit from LetsGetChecked, and they can purchase a health kit directly through the website or app.
Buyers will follow the steps below to order a test.
- Visit the LetsGetChecked website or use the app and browse the available tests.
- Choose a test and add it to the cart.
- Create an account with LetsGetChecked. A person must provide an email and choose a password to make an account.
- Choose the shipping address and enter payment information.
- Once the company has secured payment, it will ship the test with a next-day delivery service. Individuals will receive tracking information via text message or email with a notification when their test is out for delivery.
- Once a person receives their test kit, they need to activate it by answering a series of health-related questions from their personal dashboard. A LetsGetChecked medical team member will review the submitted record in real-time and provide extra support if needed.
LetsGetChecked claims that shipping is discreet, with tests delivered in generic packaging. Users can choose between standard shipping, which takes around 5 business days or express delivery, which takes 1–2 business days and requires a signature.
LetGetChecked currently ships products to the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada.
It does not ship to the following U.S. areas:
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- Army Post Offices (APOs)
- Fleet Post Offices (FPOs)
- Diplomatic Post Offices (DPOs)
Cancellations and returns
According to LetsGetChecked, customers can return most tests if they are unopened with the seals intact.
However, it is not possible to return COVID-19 tests for health protection reasons.
If someone wishes to return their test kit, they can inform LetsGetChecked either by post or email and return it within 14 days.
A person is responsible for the cost of return postage.
LetsGetChecked will process the customer’s refund once it has received the kit. According to the company website, this is within 2–5 business days.
LetsGetChecked accepts most major credit cards, as well as pre-paid gift or credit cards from major credit card companies. It also accepts Apple Pay, flexible spending account (FSA), and health savings account (HSA) cards as payment methods. However, as with other online companies, LetsGetChecked does not accept health insurance.
A person can also consider a LetsGetChecked subscription if they need routine tests. Upon checkout, people can choose a subscription to receive kits every 3 months for a 30% saving, 6 months for a 20% saving, or 12 months for a 15% saving.
While users cannot skip or pause the subscription, they can cancel at any time and reactivate it within 12 months.
Below we look at common questions about LetsGetChecked and its services:
Who owns LetsGetChecked?
Peter Foley founded LetsGetChecked in 2014 with the aim of providing early screening products and helping people get tested at home.
Where is LetsGetChecked located?
LetsGetChecked’s headquarters are in the U.S. and Dublin, Ireland.
Its shipping services are available to these areas and the U.K.
Can I get a prescription from LetsGetChecked?
A person cannot get a prescription for medication from LetsGetChecked. If a person would like to discuss treatment after getting test results from LetsGetChecked, they should speak with a doctor.
According to LetsGetChecked’s website, people do not need a prescription to order any of the at-home tests. All test kits are available on the website. For some products, individuals have the option to buy a test for one-time use or enroll in a subscription payment plan if they wish to get tested regularly.
Further to that, individuals can discuss their results with LetsGetChecked’s nursing team, who may suggest a treatment plan.
How long until LetsGetChecked gives you test results?
LetsGetChecked states that most people will receive their test results within 2—5 days after the lab receives the sample.
Is LetsGetChecked reliable?
LetsGetChecked uses CLIA-accredited labs, and healthcare professionals review all test results. This may make the test results more reliable than other companies that do not follow these steps.
However, people should always follow the instructions carefully when collecting a sample. Incorrect samples may lead to invalid results.
When should I test with LetsGetChecked?
LetsGetChecked has a section underneath each product page that details when a person may consider using a test. People may wish to read the pages carefully to ensure they are choosing the correct test for their needs.
LetsGetChecked offers at-home test kits available via its website or mobile app. The company provides subscriptions, 24–7 support, an online health dashboard that allows customers to access results directly, and more.
Lois Zoppi, an editor for Medical News Today found that using LetsGetChecked was simple, with quick turnaround times. However, a United States resident may have a different experience, as the company only has laboratories in New York and California.