In 2012, an estimated 2,000 people in Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, were living with HIV. More alarmingly perhaps, approximately 20% of those individuals had undiagnosed conditions, and were therefore far more likely to transmit the virus without knowing it. Just one year later, more than 10% of the 15-24-year-olds that received testing in Swindon were diagnosed with Chlamydia, which remains the city’s most prominent sexually transmitted infection.

At the time, Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, Public Health Consultant at Swindon Council, warned of the consequences that an untreated Chlamydia infection can invite. Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, Dr Oyinloye said: “Raising awareness and making the test easily available is particularly important. The infection often doesn’t display obvious symptoms and, if left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to long-term health consequences, including infertility.”

STI testing is the only way to be certain of your sexual health status, and at Better2Know we have availability for same or next day appointments five days a week at our private facility in Swindon, including Saturdays. Our respective Home Testing and Everywhere services are also available throughout the city. At your appointment in South Leaze, your respective blood, swab and/or urine samples will be collected by a qualified clinician, before being sent for analysis at our CPA accredited laboratory. Results will be returned within one to five working days from the receipt of your sample by the lab, depending on your selected test or screen. You can check the progress of those results by logging into the secure patient area of our website whenever you like. We will contact you by a method of your preference – telephone call, email or SMS – as soon as all of your results are ready.

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