Sexually transmitted infections are on the increase, many of which present little to no active symptoms.
It is incredibly likely that you could have an STI and not even realize. STI rates are steadily rising across the UK. Just one sexual encounter can put you at risk of catching an infection. Regular sexual health testing can help detect infection in the earliest stages which can help to reduce the risk of related complications.
What are the most common infections I should test for?
Caused by a build-up of bacteria in the uterus, cervix, urethra or rectum, Chlamydia can lead to serious health issues such as infertility if left untreated. There are an estimated 210,000 infections of Chlamydia in the UK alone. Treatment is typically antibiotics with early diagnosis being crucial for a successful recovery.
Gonorrhoea is an infectious disease caused by bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoea. This infection grows easily in warm environments such as in the female reproductive system including the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes. However, around half of women and one in ten men do not develop any symptoms due to symptoms occurring as delayed as 14 days to months after being exposed to the infection.
Syphilis is caused by bacteria known as Treponema pallidum. This infection can lead to painful symptoms in the primary stage such as infected sores, blisters or ulcers on your genitals, anus, or mouth. At Randox Health we only screen for Primary Syphilis.
Genital Herpes is caused by one of the two herpes complex viruses. Genital herpes is very common with those infected having few symptoms not knowing they are infected. Symptoms can lie dormant in the body for weeks, months and even years. Symptoms are predominantly small blisters, but can also include tingling, burning, or itching around the genitals, and pain when passing urine.
At Randox Health we test for:
Herpes Simplex I
Herpes Simplex II
What happens during a sexual health test?
If you are concerned about your sexual health due to a recent event, new symptoms, a recent change in sexual partner, or simply for peace of mind, Randox Health discretely test for 10 common STIs, with This screening service is available to anyone aged over 18, including those who are not currently experiencing symptoms.
Sexual health testing is a straightforward process. Visit Randox Health where a urine and external swab sample will be taken if required and receive your results on the same day. We also offer an at-home STI testing kit with discreet delivery. Please note that it may take at least 14 days from exposure before it is possible to detect an infection. It is not possible for a sample to be supplied if you are actively menstruating.