Maintaining good sexual health is very important to an individual as well as the society. Sexually transmitted infections, also known as STIs, are constantly on the rise and can have very serious health consequences if they are not diagnosed on time and treated properly. Reports of chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV have been steadily increasing over the years. Chlamydia which is the most common STI in the United Kingdom and gonorrhoea, if not treated properly, can leave you infertile or with chronic pelvic pain. HIV, on the other hand, is stuck with you for life, once you have been infected.
It is therefore important that the right support and services are available to help individuals promote good sexual health to make sure that the necessary precautions are taken to prevent becoming infected but also to make sure that the infection is prevented from being transmitted. Some STIs such as chlamydia are easy to treat; however, others such as gonorrhea are increasing becoming resistant to some antibiotics and are becoming very difficult to treat. Regular testing for STIs is therefore advised so that you can find out if you are infected, allowing you to obtain treatment and information on time to prevent the infection from spreading further. Although treating Chlamydia is very easy, most people infected with chlamydia are not even aware that they are infected with it because it does not have a lot of symptoms. This is why it is very important to get tested frequently. You may have the infection and unknowingly transfer it to others.
It is advisable that you find a clinic if you are sexually active and get tested as soon as possible. There is a wide variety of testing options in the UK for sexual health testing and most of them are available at a GUM clinic which is a genitourinary medicine clinic that promotes sexual health by:
Providing information and advice on sexual health
Offering free condoms to prevent the transfer of STIs
Testing for STIs and providing treatment if detected
Testing for HIV and providing counseling for those who are tested positive
Providing advice on pregnancy and abortion
Helping those who has been sexually assaulted
As mentioned earlier, if you are sexually active, you should get tested frequently; however, if at any moment, you notice the following symptoms, you should get tested immediately.
Lumps and bumps that arise on or near the genitals
Ulcers, blisters, split skin and sores
Urethra discharges in men and vaginal discharges in women
Pelvic pain accompanied by fever
Many people do not get tested for STIs because they are ashamed. They are ashamed to be seen by others in a GUM clinic and they are also ashamed of being told in person that they have a STI. The danger in this is that many people are infected with an STI but are not aware of it because they did not get tested. As a result, it is very easy for them to transfer the infection to someone else. Thankfully, there are now a few websites in the UK that offer sexual health home testing kits that allow you to get tested for an STI from the comfort of your home.
Getting tested at home for an STI is not only convenient but it is also very easy. It is a very simple three step process.
|Purchase the testing kit online and have it shipped and delivered to you.|
Take the required sample and ship it back to the online clinic. Depending on the test that you purchased, you may have to provide one or more of the below mentioned samples:
Sample on a swab taken for the urethra, throat or rectum
Sample on a swab taken from the cervix or vagina
|Wait for the sample to be examined and then log on to the online clinic’s website for your results. You can then order the necessary treatments and have them delivered to you if you have been tested positive for an STI.|
If you would like to purchase a sexual health test online, you can click here. This link will bring you into contact with Home Diagnostic which is one of the few websites in the UK offering home testing for STIs. You can purchase a variety of home testing kits for STIs including chlamydia tests, gonorrhea tests, herpes test and HIV tests. This website also provides quality sexual health information including HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea,which are aimed at keeping you as healthy as possible. For more in depth information on gonorrhoea and other STIs, we recommend this website.
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