Birmingham has one of the highest rates of STIs in the population of all the cities in the UK. Nearly 1 in 100 people who came forward for testing have an STI according to Public Health England. However, does this mean that Brummies are more likely to come forward for testing if they are concerned about their health?
Untreated STIs can cause long term health problems. That is why regular testing for STIs, STDs and HIV is really important. If left undetected and untreated they can be irritating and painful, but can also go on to have long term health implications including infertility, cancer and in some cases death. The more common STIs, are fortunately, the ones that are more easily treated.
The most common STIs found in Birmingham are Chlamydia (60%) and then Genital Warts (15%). Better2Know can offer testing throughout Birmingham for these infections including our sexual health clinics in:
Chlamydia can be tested with a urine sample or a swab of the suspected infection site (throat, vagina, rectum). Better2Know offers instant testing when you get your results while you wait for for men and women with a penile or vaginal swab. Laboratory results take one to two days, depending on the method you choose.
Genital Warts are tested with a swab of the suspected wart. Genital warts are passed on by the HPV virus. This is the same virus that can cause cervical and other cancers in women. However the type that causes Genital Warts are Low Risk and are different from the types associated with cancer. Genital Warts are very contagious. They can be treated by freezing them off, and with a cream.
To get your STI Test in Birmingham, please call Better2Know on the number above.
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