A recent study has revealed “a worrying gap in sexual health knowledge in the UK.” Your.MD conducted a survey with questions on topics such as sex, contraception and sexual health more generally. Alessandro Traverso, Your.MD’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “we created the sex test as a simple way for young people in the UK to learn important facts about sexual health which are often misunderstood.” The questionnaire showed that some young people in the UK were unaware of how STIs are passed on, with nearly 40% thinking HIV can be transferred through kissing, and the signs and symptoms of common STIs. [1]

Better2Know is the largest private provider of STI testing services in the UK. Our team of experienced advisors regularly attend professional development courses including the STI Foundation course, which provides skills for the diagnosis, management and prevention of STIs. This means your Better2Know advisor is highly trained to give advice and support regarding your STI related concerns.

Better2Know’s private sexual health clinics are located all over the country including in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Aberdeen, Southampton and Swansea. Our selection of extensive STI screens and tests are designed with your sexual health concerns in mind. Your personal information is 100% confidential and you can choose to remain completely anonymous if this makes you feel more comfortable with getting tested.

 

Contracting and Transmitting STIs

Unprotected sex is the most common method of contracting or passing on sexually transmitted infections. This includes oral, anal and vaginal intercourse. There are some STIs that do not require penetrative sex for the infection to be transferred. These include Herpes I/II, Syphilis and HPV/Genital Warts. In these circumstances, skin-to-skin contact is enough to result in STI transmission. [2]

There are also some lifestyle choices that increase the chances of acquiring certain STIs. This includes sharing objects with an infected individual such as needles (for drug use), toothbrushes, razors or any other items that enable the infection to enter your system through a break in the skin. [3]

Other sexually transmitted infections can be passed on from mother to child during pregnancy or the birth of the new-born baby, which may affect the health and development of your child. [4]

 

Signs and Symptoms of a Sexually Transmitted Infection

Contrary to some beliefs, you will not always know if you need an STI test. Many STIs show few or no symptoms – particularly in the early stages after exposure. So, the only way to know if you have been infected is to get tested. In some cases, you may suffer from symptoms that include [5]:

  • Pain or burning sensations when urinating
  • Yellow/green discharge that may emit a foul odour
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever, fatigue, sore throat or other flu-like symptoms
  • Blood in urine or bleeding in between periods
  • Genital sores, lesions, blisters and ulcers
  • Pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • An increased need to urinate more frequently

An untreated sexually transmitted infection can trigger further complications that may affect the long-term outcome of your health. This includes infertility in both men and women, pelvic inflammatory disease in women and epididymitis in men. If you are in any doubt about your sexual health, you should get tested as soon as possible to prevent these complications from developing. [6]

 

Treatment for STIs

Many sexually transmitted infections can be cured with a course of antibiotic treatment. This is prescribed by a qualified doctor following a positive result for an STI. Some STIs are not curable and will require long-term supervision and management. Better2Know will help you get the treatment you need if you test positive for a sexually transmitted infection. Our network of skilled doctors throughout the UK enable us to arrange a private consultation anytime and anywhere. Get in touch with our expert team of sexual health advisors today to arrange your STI test now. [7]

 

STI Testing with Better2Know

Better2Know’s private STI testing services are performed in line with the highest international standards of quality and care. These are regularly reviewed by our panel of medical specialists to ensure you receive the most up-to-date STI testing available on the market.

Better2Know’s sexual health advisors will help you with your STI related concerns. Your dedicated advisor will listen to your sexual health worries, help you choose the most suitable STI testing option for your personal needs, and then arrange your confidential appointment for a time and date that suits you.

 

Your Private Appointment at Better2Know’s Sexual Health Clinic

Once you have arrived at one of our private STI clinics in the UK, you will be seen by a qualified doctor or nurse who will go through the testing process. Your samples will then be collected and sent to our fully certified laboratory in the UK.

As soon as your results are available, they will be posted into your secure patient area on the Better2Know website. Simply log in with the details your sexual health advisor will provide, upon confirming your confidential booking, to view them at any time. Better2Know’s Patient Services team will also contact you once all your results are ready to report, unless you would prefer to contact us instead.

 

Instant STI Results

Our wide range of sexual health screens and tests will provide a thorough view of your STI status. This includes our popular instant testing range which is available at selected private STI clinics throughout the UK. This confidential testing option provides rapid STI results for a wide range of infections including:

Your results will be reported from 10 minutes after sample collection. This will vary depending on your selected instant test. A signed and completed copy of the Better2Know Rapid Test Results Report will detail your results. This will be given to you by your Better2Know doctor or nurse as soon as your results are ready.

 

We Come2You

Better2Know’s Everywhere service is available throughout the UK. This exclusive STI testing option provides an alternative to visiting one of our private sexual health clinics. It gives you the choice of receiving our STI tests in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Better2Know will send a trained nurse to an address of your choice; it does not have to be your home address, it can be your place of work, a close friend or relative’s house or a local hotel. Your Better2Know nurse will meet you at the preferred location to collect your samples and then sent them directly to our CPA accredited laboratory for fast, accurate testing.

 

Home Testing Kits

Better2Know’s variety of STI screens and tests are also available as home tests. This enables you to receive a home test kit that can consist of:

  • A pathology form
  • Finger prick lancets
  • A gold topped tube
  • A urine collection tube
  • A dry PCR swab
  • A culture swab
  • A vaginal swab
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • A postage paid return envelope

 

All Better2Know’s Home Testing Kits are CE marked so you can be confident they are of the highest quality. In addition, all our testing is performed by fully accredited UK based laboratories, ensuring the best and most accurate results possible.  The contents of your home kit will vary depending on the chosen STI test or screen. With this confidential STI testing option, you will collect your own samples and send them to our UK-based laboratory using the postage paid return envelope included in your kit. Better2Know’s sexual health advisors will email you a sample collection guide. Please following the instructions carefully. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to contact us on the number at the top of the page.

 

Book Your Anonymous STI Test Today

To arrange your confidential appointment in the UK now, please select the orange Book Now button at the top of the page. You can also contact Better2Know’s friendly sexual health advisors on the number above. Your advisor will be more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have before organising your anonymous STI test.

 

References

[1] Express: Sex quiz shock as 40 per cent of young Britons believe you can get HIV from KISSING

[2] Options for Sexual Health: Transmission of STIs

[3] SexInfo Online: Non-Sexual Transmission of STIs

[4] CDC: STDs and Pregnancy – The Facts

[5] NHS: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

[6] Options for Sexual Health: Signs, Symptoms, and Complications of STIs

[7] National Institutes of Health: What are the treatments for sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections (STDs/STIs)?

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