Sexual Health Week: Home STI Testing
Sexual Health Week is an annual event to raise awareness of the importance of sexual health and to inform the public about the impact of not practising safe sex and how to maintain one’s sexual health through safe practise and regular testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
In 2017, there were more than 422,000 diagnoses of STIs in England. Chlamydia is the most common STI, followed by HPV.
With increasing NHS waiting times, many who suspect they have an STI can feel discouraged from seeking help. At home testing kits allow people to regularly test for STIs without having to wait for a doctors appointment or visit a sexual health clinic. They can be done from the comfort of the user’s own home, therefore saving time travelling and potentially waiting for an appointment.
Chlamydia and Chlamydia Testing
Chlamydia trachomatis is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. Some of the main symptoms include painful urination, genital discharge, lower abdominal pain, bleeding between periods and sex in women and testicular pain in men.
Chlamydia trachomatis is most commonly diagnosed in young women. The Care Diognostia chlamydia home testing kit is a CE approved instant home test for women only that provides results within 15 minutes of taking the test. The home testing kit includes 1 sterile swab, a bottle of testing solution, a buffer bottle and a test cassette.
HIV: The Myths, Causes and Tests
There are many myths surrounding HIV. Contrary to popular belief, HIV cannot be contracted through kissing, hugging, sharing foods, insect bites, toilet seats, bathing, sneezes and coughs or sweating. HIV can also be contracted by anyone who is sexually active, regardless of their sex or the sex of their partner(s).
HIV stands for ‘human immunodeficiency virus’, and is an STI that damages the body’s immune system and ability to fight organisms that cause disease. HIV is a cause of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), but a diagnosis of HIV does not mean that you will contract AIDS.
The BioSURE HIV Home Testing kit makes detecting HIV easier, quicker and more comfortable than going to a sexual health clinic for testing. The test is over 99.7% accurate and makes it easy for you to discreetly determine your HIV status in the comfort of your home at a time that is convenient for you.
During Sexual Health Week, Nova Health Products are offering 10% off all of our Sexual Health Tests to promote a more active approach to maintaining sexual health. Enter discount code: 10OFFSAW at checkout.
Order yours today, with next day UK delivery available and all tests arriving in discreet packaging.