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What medical tests are available online?

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There are many different medical tests that are now available online including blood tests, metabolic function tests, reproductive hormone tests, nutrient health tests, heart tests, HIV tests and peak flow meter tests according to the University of Rochester's Medical Center and Fox News. The first step in obtaining one of these online medical tests is finding a reputable online blood lab and purchasing one of the tests, reports Fox News.

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The next step is to set up an appointment to get the person's blood drawn. At this time, there is not a way to bypass this step to make the process completely virtual. However, once the blood has been drawn, the person does not need to meet with a doctor or attend any follow-up appointments, reports Fox News. All of the results from the tests are typically e-mailed to the person within 24 to 48 hours.

One of the biggest benefits of purchasing lab tests online is the cheaper cost when compared with that of the typical doctor's office visit. Medical professionals warn, however, that many consumers of these types of tests are not equipped to understand and interpret the results, as noted by Fox News and the University of Rochester's Medical Center. This makes it difficult for people to know what they need to do next in order to improve their health based on their online lab results.

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