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For many people, sexual health is a taboo subject, but creating an awareness on the topic can help educate people and encourage them to practice in safe sex, as well as reassure them that there is no stigma around testing for any sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Many people face barriers when it comes to support and accessibility with STI testing. With STI rates being in the hundreds of thousands each year in the U.K., anyone is at risk of catching one. STIs can take around two weeks to become detectable, so even if you feel perfectly healthy you could have an infection.
Genital Herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1 or Type 2. Herpes can only be diagnosed when symptoms are still present, and therefore it is important not to delay an STI test. Symptoms are predominantly small blisters, but can also include tingling, burning, or itching around the genitals, and pain when passing urine.
Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the U.K. This is a bacterial infection, and can be treated with a course of antibiotics, however it can be serious if it isn’t treated early on. Most people with chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms or that they have it. Symptoms can include pain when urinating, in women pain in the stomach and bleeding between periods, and in men pain and swelling in the testicles.
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial STI caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. This can affect the cervix, urethra, rectum, and throat or eyes. Around 1 in 10 infected men and almost half of women don’t experience symptoms. Gonorrhoea can be treated with an antibiotic injection, with a recommended follow-up appointment.
Syphilis symptoms are generally mild and hard to notice, and they tend to change over time. Sometimes these symptoms can improve or leave your body and the infection can still be present. This is treated with antibiotics, and the length of your treatment depends on the stage of your syphilis. At Randox Health we only screen for primary syphilis.
Why get a Sexual Health Test?
If you’re concerned about your sexual health due to a recent event, new symptoms, a change in sexual partner, or just for peace of mind, Randox Health discretely test for 10 common STIs, and results are sent to you on the same day as a clinic test. This service is available to anyone over 18, including those not experiencing symptoms.
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.
Best Sexual Health Brand 2022
This year we won Best Sexual Health Brand at the Hip and Healthy – Women’s Health Awards. Here’s what they had to say about us and our services:
“Taking all the hassle out of getting tested, it’s never been easier to keep your sexual health in check than with Randox Health. With quick access to all the relevant tests that concern women, from the Signature to the Everywoman test, Everymother test, female hormone test, anti-mullerian test and STIs test, Randox Health is the key to unlocking all you need to know about your body.”