Syphilis: Is this age-old disease making a big comeback?

An ongoing debate has raged over the origins of Syphilis. The English called it the “French disease”. Academics in Bucharest in 2014 unearthed its linguistic history and found the French called it a Neapolitan disease.

Why not “Love Your Liver” this January?

Love Your Liver Month is celebrated for the whole month of January 2022 in the UK. The British Liver Trust highlights the need to show your liver some love in January, especially after the festive period, and how to take steps towards better liver health.

New Year, New You: Will you make a health resolution for 2022?

2022 is fast approaching and it is time to make those New Year resolutions and hopefully keep them. According to a YouGov survey, the top three resolutions made in 2020 interestingly were health related.

Avoid being Scrooge when it comes to your sexual health this Christmas

Alcohol can cloud your judgment over the festive period especially when it comes to safe sex. You do not need to receive an additional unwelcome gift in the form of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or unwanted pregnancy. One drunken mistake can affect your long-term health.

Global sexual health statistics revealed in a report from WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently released its annual report on the state of sexual health globally, which includes some interesting statistics on sexually transmitted infections (STIs).   STIs are commonly spread by vaginal, anal or oral sexual contact, however some STIs can also be transmitted from a mother to her child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

Two mothers’ deaths in the UK instigates further research on Herpes

Herpes simplex virus is a common infection with as many as 7 in 10 people in the UK population having HSV-1 and approximately 1 in 10 people having HSV-2, according to Nuffield Health.

New injections hailed as a breakthrough for those living with HIV

For those living with HIV, taking a daily tablet is a burden.  On 18 November, health chiefs approved a new HIV treatment administered in two separate injections every two months.  This comes as welcome news in advance of World AIDS Day on 1 December this year.  

Movember casts a spotlight on men’s health

The Movember movement began in 2003 with two Australian friends, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery. They set about bringing the moustache back into fashion by persuading their friends to grow one. Their inspiration came from a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer and associated the moustache with the pink ribbon, but for men.  

New study finds HPV vaccine dramatically cuts cervical cancer rate

A new study on the effects of the national vaccination programme in England on cervical cancer and grade 3 cervical intraepithelial neoplasia incidence was published by The Lancet on 3 November, 2021. 

What to expect from your STI test with Better2Know

Getting tested for STIs is an important part of protecting your sexual health and it is recommended that anyone who is sexually active is tested at least once annually. However, visiting a GUM clinic can be daunting, especially if it your first time.  In contrast, Better2Know’s private clinics aim to make the experience of getting tested easy, prioritising your comfort and needs.

Ask the Expert: An interview with Dr Steve Chapman about Syphilis

Dr Steve Chapman is Better2Know’s medical consultant in Spain and has kindly answered some frequently asked questions for us about Syphilis.  He also acts as our virtual consultant and speaks to our patient’s online and over the telephone.

Why get tested for Covid-19 antibodies?

A Covid-19 antibody or serology test uses a blood sample to identify existing Covid-19 antibodies in the body. The presence of Covid-19 antibodies in the blood can be an indication that someone has either been infected with Covid-19 before or has been vaccinated.

Understanding the new Covid travel testing rules

Covid-19 travel testing rules are changing on 4 October 2021 for travel into England from abroad.  The traffic light system is being scrapped, leaving just a red list of countries and ‘the rest of the world’, meaning the Covid tests you need to take will be more dependent on your vaccination status.  Here we take a look at some of the key changes.

Female Condoms: what are they and how do they benefit women?

The most popular and commonly accessible condom is the male (external) condom. However, female condoms are also available, yet they are not as widely recognised as male condoms. How effective are female condoms, and what are the benefits?

Deciphering Covid-19 travel and testing guidelines

With constantly changing travel guidelines, it is difficult to get your head around the most current travel and Covid-19 testing rules. But after too long stuck at home, do not let Covid confusion deter you from taking that much needed get-away. Better2Know has got you covered, offering a wide array of UK pre-departure and post-arrival Covid-19 tests. 

Who should I tell about my HIV status?

Finding out you have HIV is never going to be easy. You then have to decide who to tell about your HIV status. In this blog, we discuss the different people who you may decide to tell and how to approach this difficult dilemma.

STIs down or just less diagnosed?

The number of newly diagnosed cases of STIs dropped by one third in England in 2020 according to new Public Health England (PHE) data. The decrease has been attributed to changes in sexual behaviour brought on by lockdowns but also by the disruption to sexual health and STI diagnostic services.

Why testing your employees’ wellness can improve the health of your company

The traditional daily grind has changed for good in the eyes of many workers, particularly during the pandemic, and employees are thinking more towards the life side of the ‘work/life balance’.  During the last 18 months of a Covid filled world, philosophies have changed when it comes to ‘giving all’ to a company and many employees are now valuing their health and wellbeing above their long-term employment commitments.

3 STIs you can catch even if you use a condom

While condoms do provide protection against most sexually transmitted infections (STIs), some infections can be passed through skin-on-skin contact alone. It is important to get clued up on which STIs you may be at risk of.

World Sexual Health Day 2021

World Sexual Health Day (WSHD) is on Saturday 4th September and is an annual event organized by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) designed to promote education, awareness, and best practices in sexual health.

With a shortage of blood test tubes affecting the UK, Better2Know is continuing to test as normal

With an NHS shortage of the test tubes required for taking blood samples, leading testing provider Better2Know is showing how the private sector can fill the testing void.  First, let us look at the issue in more depth, and the reasons behind it:

First Time Sex: A Guide To Staying Safe

There are lots of things to consider when having sex for the first time. You might be curious about how it feels and how to deal with the concerns that may come with it. These thoughts are entirely natural in any case. The best thing you can do to overcome your concerns and enjoy the moment is to be prepared.

How to stay safe when experimenting with your sexuality

Many teens ponder who they are as they grow up. Questioning your sexual orientation is an important aspect of figuring out who you are. You may question whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or part of another LGBTQ+ community. Only through this process can you discover your true self.

How to break the news after receiving a positive STI result

There is a lot of misinformation and stigma about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) which can make the topic difficult and uncomfortable to discuss. However, STIs are common and can affect men and women of all ages. Globally, over 1 million people acquire an STI every day [1], therefore it is vital to understand what you should do if you receive a positive test result.

4 STIs you’ve never heard of: Symptoms and risks

Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Gardnerella and Trichomonas. What do you know about these STIs? With over 70% of men and 85% of women having had unsafe sex in the past year [1], it is more important than ever to be aware of lesser-known infections which could be harmful if left untreated.

World Hepatitis Day 2021: ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’

Today is World Hepatitis Day. This year’s theme ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’ highlights that, despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we must act on Hepatitis. Every 30 seconds, a person dies from a Hepatitis-related illness.

Ask The Expert: An Interview with HIV Specialist Mark Bloch

Dr Mark Bloch has been working in the field of HIV medicine since 1983 and is now the director of Clinical Research at Holdsworth House in Sydney. We asked Dr Bloch some questions about HIV to gain a deeper insight into his thoughts and experience with HIV-positive patients. 

7 Common Causes of Pelvic Pain in Women

Pain in the pelvic area is a symptom of many different health conditions. It can be chronic (long-term) or acute (short-term). Here, we explain the possible reasons why pelvic pain may occur and further symptoms to look out for.

How is the National Chlamydia Screening Programme changing?

Recent changes to the National Chlamydia Screening Programme will alter how Chlamydia testing works for young men in the UK. Under the new rules, it will be more difficult for men under 25 to get tested for Chlamydia unless they have symptoms, or a partner has tested positive.

Is the UK on track to eliminate HIV by 2030?

After the UK achieved the ‘90-90-90’ targets just three years after the goal was set by the United Nations in 2014, a new goal was established – to end HIV transmission by 2030. A recent study investigates how likely it is that the UK will achieve this target.