suggests that many women in the UK have ‘poor’ sexual health, markedly worse
than men. Those considered to have ‘good’ sexual health – a low probability of
any sexual health problems – consisted of 83% of men but only 52% of women. The
study concluded that women have a wider range of issues surrounding sexual
For most people, testing
positive for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) can feel daunting. You may
be thinking ‘What do I do now?’, ‘Who should I tell?’, ‘How do I get rid of
it?’. There are several sensible steps you should take following a positive
STI test result.
The beginning of a new year brings time to reflect, make new resolutions and plan for the year ahead. Why not start 2020 feeling confident about your sexual health? Testing for STIs with Better2Know is simple and quick. With discreet clinics and fast results, there are plenty of reasons why you should book your sexual health test today.
In many cases, vaginal discharge is normal. Any significant change in the colour, odour, consistency or amount of discharge, however, can indicate that it may be time for an STI test. There are signs to look out for which may suggest either abnormal or normal reasons for variations in discharge. If you are worried that yours is abnormal and you may have been at risk of an STI, it is always a good idea to get tested.
We would like to wish all our patients, clinic partners, blog readers and everyone else we work with in the UK a very Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year.
There is often a misunderstanding about which STIs women who have sex with women (WSW) are at risk of and how these STIs are passed. Firstly, it is important to understand that lesbian and bisexual women are not immune to STIs. This means that you should get tested if you may have been at risk.
that many individuals are now turning to social media and online platforms to
obtain a ‘crowd-diagnosis’.  This can lead to misdiagnosis, ineffective treatment and further
spread of infection. The only way to know whether you have an STI is to get
Since 1988, World AIDS Day takes
place on the 1st December every year to support those who are living
with HIV, and to remember those who have died from HIV/AIDS.  Each year, a theme is set for World AIDS Day. This year the theme is
‘Communities make the difference’ – emphasising the essential role that
communities play in the AIDS response at local, national and international
Whilst discharge coming from your penis may be alarming, there isn’t necessarily a need to panic. There are several other reasons why discharge may occur, other than STIs. However, if you are at risk of an STI, it is always a good idea to get tested. Unusual discharge could indicate a need to visit a sexual health clinic.
Testing for STDs and STIs with a blood test is quick and simple. Whilst a needle isn’t everyone’s first choice, many blood tests are now performed by simply pricking the end of the finger and collecting a small drop of blood. But which STIs can be tested for by blood, and how does it work? Here we summarise the testing methods for various STIs.