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STI Testing

Home STI testing is becoming much more prevalent and the advances in home STI testing kits has come on significantly in the last few years. When people think about home test kits, they usually think of simple, home pregnancy testing kits where the user takes the test in their own home and they get a result there and then. This works well for pregnancy tests which only look for one hormone in urine.

Sexually transmitted infections can be more complex than this and depending on the STI involved, the person will be required to supply a urine sample or urine and a swab sample. To be collected neither sample requires a trained nurse or medical practitioner and can be carried out by anyone in the privacy of their own home. Sample collection is non-invasive and easy to do.
To guarantee the accuracy and reliability of the sexual transmitted infections tests the sample or samples need to be posted to a laboratory where complex laboratory tests are carried out to determine if any STIs are present in the sample. Most STIs can be treated quickly and easily with an antibiotic.

Advantages of multiple STI tests

How do you know which STI test to take? Have you self-diagnosed based on your symptoms, what about co-infections? You may not even know you have an STI as many are asymptomatic, which test should you take? These are all questions you should ask yourself before you decide which home STI test you should take. You may choose to take a single chlamydia test but what if you had a co-infection, this single chlamydia test would not detect it and you may go on to pass this to a partner. Therefore the more STI tests you get checked for at once the better, then you can be completely confidante that you are STI free and will not pass infections onto sexual partners.

Who should take an STI test?

Quite simply; anyone that has ever had unprotected sex should take an STI test. You or your partner may have an STI and not know it, it is much better to take a test and know for definite. If you have just come out of a relationship and are thinking about starting a new one you should take an STI test. As more mature people come out of long term relationships and marriages they may choose to start a new relationship, the risk of STIs should not be underestimated. Later in life when pregnancy is not as much of a concern unprotected sex can still lead to sexually transmitted infections.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) undetected

STIs can be left undetected by many people due to there not being any obvious symptoms; this does not mean that they are not causing damage. Undetected STIs can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant, cause further infections or affect a man’s ability to get an erection.
Cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are increasing. If you have unprotected sex, your health is at risk. Find out what symptoms to look out for and how to stay safe.

Rather check your privates in private or on a dance floor?

Rather check your privates in private? Picture the scene; you are out with your friends in a club, having a drink, enjoying a laugh and you see your dream woman not too far away from where you are standing. You have been making eye contact and you have got a smile back, all without your mates who, if they noticed would embarrass the life out of you. She is with her friends as well, they seem to be having a good time, lots of laughs and the drinks seem to be flowing. You think, ‘plenty of time to make my move’ and you have already got a smile so what could go wrong, life is good!

Fast forward an hour, the club is filling up, you and your mates have enjoyed a few more drinks and you and your friends and the girls group have gradually been pushed together on the edge of the dance floor, you are not dancing but you are ‘shuffling’ as you and your mates like to call it. Things are going well, you have got talking to ‘Andrea’ and she seems nice, it’s going to be a good night.

Then suddenly, there is a dog with a handler in front of you sniffing your crotch!! What is going on, then, a tap on the shoulder form the handler, this is getting weird. The handler announces that “You may have an STI”. This is in front of your mates and Andrea! You are led away. Mortified, your mates are doubled over laughing.

Picture a second scene; You took a home STI test two weeks ago to check your sexual health, you ordered it online, the kits arrived, you posted your sample back then got your results and you got the all clear on all ten STIs tested for. You go to your local club on Saturday night with two of your mates and you see Andrea, drinks, chat, shuffling, you get to speak to Andrea and get on brilliantly.

A dog and handler arrive at your side and they walk straight past you and stop with one of your mates and the handler announces to your mate that he may have an STI!! He gets led away; you get to stay with Andrea, which scene would you rather be in??

Always check your privates in private, not in front of your mates or your dream girl on a dance floor! I know which scene I would rather be in, do you?

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