7 Ways to Prevent Catching an STI

While it is near impossible to have entirely safe sex with another person, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Let’s discuss how to avoid catching an unwanted infection.

Why is Chlamydia known as a ‘silent STI’?

Sometimes referred to as a ‘silent STI’, Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK. If left untreated, a Chlamydia infection can have long-term health consequences for both men and women. But what is meant by a ‘silent STI’?

Everything you need to know about Hepatitis A

How much do you know about Hepatitis A? Better2Know is here to give you all the information you need about this type of Hepatitis, including symptoms, treatment and how to test for the virus.

First AIDS memorial set to be built in London

The 1980s AIDS crisis left an everlasting impact on many people’s lives. Now, a memorial is set to be built in London to commemorate those who lost their lives and to raise awareness of the stigma surrounding HIV.

How are restrictions changing as lockdown eases in the UK?

The UK’s third lockdown will soon be ending as planned on Monday 12th April. Many restrictions will be lifted, including the re-opening of non-essential shops and gyms, as well as pubs and restaurants for outdoor service.

7 Things You Should Know About Ureaplasma

You may or may not have heard of Ureaplasma. This lesser-known sexually transmitted infection (STI) can, in fact, also occur naturally. Here, we discuss what Ureaplasma is, symptoms, testing, treatment and long-term health risks.

Better2Know wins Silver Stevie Award

Better2Know was presented with a Silver Stevie® Award in the Most Valuable Response by a Customer Service Team category in the 15th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Winners will be celebrated during a virtual ceremony on 14th April 2021.

Everything you need to know about Testing on Day 2 and Day 8

Various Covid-19 restrictions have been introduced by the UK Government when travelling to and from the UK. Better2Know is a registered provider for Testing on Day 2 and Day 8 for International Arrivals, which is required when you return to the UK from abroad. Find out more about this test and how it works.

What is sexual health and why is it so important?

The term ‘sexual health’ covers a range of different topics, from STIs, to contraception and family planning, to intimacy and relationships. Looking after your sexual health is important to protect your overall long-term health and to foster positive relationships between yourself and your partner(s).

HPV Awareness Day: 7 Myths about HPV

Today is International HPV Awareness Day. On this dedicated day, ask yourself: ‘how much do I know about HPV?’. To help raise awareness surrounding HPV, Better2Know is here to dispel seven common myths.

Positive STI Test Result? How To Tell Your Partner

If you test positive for a sexually transmitted infection, you should inform both your current and recent sexual partners. This is the safe and responsible thing to do to protect their health and fertility.

The Show Must Go On: Covid-19 Testing for Production Companies

Arts, film and production were one of the many industries brought to a standstill when the Covid-19 pandemic began. Since then, many film crews have been able to safely return to work by implementing Covid-19 testing as a simple but effective precaution.

Will an antibody test detect antibodies produced following a Covid-19 vaccination?

With Covid-19 vaccines now being rolled out in the UK, you may have questions such as: How does the vaccine work? What does the vaccine mean for immunity? Can an antibody test detect antibodies produced by the vaccine? Here, we explain everything you need to know, including why you might consider getting an antibody test.

National HIV Testing Week: Do you know your HIV status?

This week is National HIV Testing Week. Here at Better2Know, we not only want to promote the importance of testing for HIV but help to tackle the stigma and barriers associated with HIV testing.

World Cancer Day: Can STIs cause cancer?

Today is World Cancer Day – an international day which aims to raise awareness of cancer and encourage prevention, detection and treatment. This year’s theme ‘I Am and I Will’ focuses on how, together, we can commit to act towards making a change. As specialists in sexual health, Better2Know explains which sexually transmitted infections pose a cancer risk.

Missed your cervical screening appointment? Better2Know can provide the solution

On the back of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, Anthea Morris, Co-Founder of Better2Know, calls for women who are too nervous about getting screened for cervical cancer at a clinic, or are not attending appointments due to the pandemic, to consider self-administered ‘DIY’ HPV tests.

Men’s Sexual Health: 7 Myths Debunked

The term ‘sexual health’ covers a wide range of topics, from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to sexual intercourse, fertility, and genital health. Here, we explore some myths about men’s sexual health, and their truths.

Why am I itchy after sex?

Feeling itchy anywhere on your body is far from a pleasant sensation. When it’s down below, it can feel particularly alarming. There are several reasons why your vagina may feel itchy after sex, not all of which are a major cause for concern – so don’t panic! Here, we explain the possible reasons for your itch.

7 reasons to have an STI test in the New Year

The beginning of a new year brings time to reflect, make new resolutions and plan for the year ahead. Why not start the new year feeling confident about your sexual health? Testing for STIs with Better2Know is simple and quick. With discreet clinics, home test kits and fast results, there are plenty of reasons why you should book your sexual health test today.

The Covid-19 ‘Break-Up Boom’

If the pandemic has had an impact on your relationship, you’re not alone. Covid-19 has not only affected our entire lives, but also the dynamics of our relationships. With the shift to working from home and little reason to leave the house, has spending more time together actually forced couples apart?

Merry Christmas from all at Better2Know

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.

Blood donation rules change for gay and bisexual men

Current rules prevent gay or bisexual men who have engaged in oral or anal sex within the past three months from donating blood. However, these rules are set to change, allowing men who have sex with men (MSM) to be able to donate blood in the same way as all other blood donors.

Reduce your post-travel quarantine period with our Test to Release

If you are planning a trip abroad, there’s good news on the horizon. As of the 15th December, you can choose to have a Covid-19 test when you arrive back in the UK, which will cut your quarantine time in half (as long as you test negative, of course). Also known as ‘Testing to Release’, Better2Know is providing this test.

Is a UTI caused by sex?

We often associate the abbreviation ‘UTI’ with feeling uncomfortable down below and needing to urinate, a lot. But what actually is a UTI? What causes it, and how can it be prevented? Here, we answer some commonly asked questions about UTIs. It’s time to get clued up.

Travelling to China? Better2Know can provide your Covid-19 tests and certificates

If you are travelling to China, it is now a requirement to have proof of two negative Covid-19 tests – a PCR swab test and an IgM antibody test – within 48 hours prior to flight departure. These control measures have been introduced to “reduce cross-border transmission of Covid-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers.” Find out more about how we can get you tested for your journey to China.

5 reasons to choose our Covid-19 antibody finger-prick home sample collection kit

Our Covid-19 finger-prick home test kit is back. This convenient home sample collection kit enables you to collect your blood sample at home and send it by post to our laboratory. Find out more about our new and improved finger-prick home sample collection kit.

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Coronavirus: Should I get tested?

Covid-19 tests are in high demand and it can be difficult to know whether or not you should get tested, especially if you are not experiencing symptoms. If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus or you just want to put your mind at ease, Better2Know can arrange your test today.

The Four Stages of HIV Explained

Although there is no cure for HIV, early detection and effective treatment can enable a person with HIV to lead a normal life. However, if HIV is left untreated, it can advance through four serious stages. Therefore, it is important to get tested for HIV if you are concerned that you may have been at risk.

Is it normal to bleed after sex?

Around 9% of menstruating women experiencing bleeding after sex [1]. Often, there is no need to worry. However, bleeding after sex can indicate a more serious health condition. You should speak to a doctor and explore the possible causes if you are concerned.