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Testing for STIs during Lockdown

The UK government released an ‘Impact of COVID-19’ report at the end of last year which showed that there was a “resurgence in HIV, STIs and hepatitis tests and diagnoses, and an increase in hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment initiations observed from June 2020, following the easing of national lockdown restrictions” in England.  But overall, the report stated that the numbers of tests, diagnoses and treatment of infections in the summer of 2020 was significantly lower than the same time period in 2019.


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This reduction in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be associated with people’s compliance with social distancing measures with experts hailing it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to drive down infections permanently as people aren’t having sex with new partners and passing on diseases.

Dr John McSorley, a sexual health doctor and president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (Bashh), told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, “If we could test and treat everybody for their infections now, that would be a game-changer going forward as people slowly move towards normality.”  Most STIs can be successfully cured with the correct antibiotics and Dr McSorley wants people to get tested now, even if you aren’t showing symptoms.

With 54% of UK sexual health services currently closed and 38% of sexual health staff redeployed to other parts of the NHS, Confidante can help you with any STI advice, diagnoses or treatment.

Confidante avoids any embarrassing examinations, allowing you to take a test in the privacy of your own home. It is specifically designed to be straightforward to use, with all you need included in our discreetly packaged kit. We have made the entire process as convenient as possible with pre-paid envelopes, user-friendly instructions and more to ensure a simple, hassle-free process.


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Unlike other standard STI home testing kits, Confidante will test for 10 of the most common STIs and will detect even those infections that do not show any symptoms, providing a comprehensive profile of your sexual health.  All for just £45.

Results are available within 7 days by telephone, electronically or in person at Randox Health Clinics.

It’s a completely private service, no appointment needed, and no waiting room delays.

We test for the following STIs:


Syphilis cases amongst 18-24 year olds up 12% in a year

A report this week has found that fewer young people are being tested for sexually transmitted infections, despite a sharp rise in cases.

Whilst the ratio of 18-24 year olds testing positive for chlamydia, the most common sexual infection, has increased to almost one in ten, testing for the condition has fallen by a quarter in just five years.

The report, conducted by the Royal College of Nursing, also noted that cases of syphilis have jumped by 12% – a statistic which Helen Donovan, Professional Lead for Public Health at the Royal College of Nursing has described as “worrying”.

Helen said; “If people are not able to access services then serious STIs could go undiagnosed and untreated – it is a major risk to public health.”

The experts behind the report have put the lack of testing down to “understaffed services going to extreme lengths to try to cope, even turning people away.”  A survey of 600 nurses working in the field found most had turned patients away because of insufficient resources.

Dr Olwen Williams, President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said of the issue; “These important findings provide yet more evidence that sexual health services have reached tipping point in this country.

“Despite the best efforts of staff to maintain standards, persistent and damaging cuts to the local authority public health budget in recent years have led to clinic closures and a worrying increase in the number of patients being unable to access the care they need.”

This is in spite of the NHS currently having to spend £620 million a year treating STIs, some of which have very serious complications, including infertility.

Syphilis in particular, is a condition that needs to be taken seriously. If left untreated, it can cause mental deterioration, blindness, deafness, all sorts of issues with the central nervous system and eventually leads to early death. Pregnant women can pass the condition on to their unborn baby, which can cause stillbirth or death shortly after labour.

Thankfully though, the sexually transmitted infection can be successfully cured with the correct antibiotics, if diagnosed early, so it is important to get tested before it’s too late.

If you’re worried about STIs, but are anxious about going to the Sexual Health Clinic, you can instead take an STI test from the privacy of your own home. You can avail of the world’s first and only home STI testing kit for 10 STIs – Confidante.

A completely private service, no appointment needed, and no waiting room delays. There really is no excuse not to get tested.

Order your kit online today: www.confidantetest.com/basket

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