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Sexual Health Testing

Our home STI kit tests for the same infections as those at hospitals and clinics. Many STIs do not have symptoms so early detection and treatment is paramount to avoid long term or permanent consequences. If you test positive, you will be able to start treatment immediately and avoid passing an infection to a partner.

Symptoms

80% of sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic which means you do not display any symptoms. However, if symptoms do occur, they are likely to present themselves within the first two weeks of infection. Symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Rash on the genitals and/or anus
  • Itching or irritation on the genitals and/or anus
  • Unusual lumps or bumps around the genitals and/or anus
  • Change in colour of the male or female discharge
  • Abnormal discharge in terms of smell, consistency or volume
  • Strong vaginal odour
  • Painful erections

When is best to test?

We recommend you wait at least 4 weeks from the time of potential exposure to infection before taking this test. The reason for this is because STI’s can take time to become detectable. Therefore, if we test too early it may give a negative result when in fact the infection has not become apparent yet.

Please note that syphilis and hepatitis B can take 12 weeks to become detectable. If you are concerned about these infections, you should wait at least 12 weeks from the time of potential exposure before taking this test or seek medical guidance.

You should also get tested if you:

  • become sexually active
  • have had unprotected sex
  • are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
  • are entering into a new sexual relationship
  • have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected (STIs can remain dormant for years and/ or take up to three weeks to become detectable.)

Infections
Chlamydia is an infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia can be contracted through sexual contact and generally shows no symptoms.
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is transmitted through sexual contact and most commonly causes a yellowish discharge in men and is asymptomatic in women.

Trichomoniasis is caused by infection with the protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis and is transmitted through sexual contact. Trichomoniasis is often responsible for a green or frothy discharge in men and women.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a blood-borne virus that can be passed on through unprotected anal or vaginal sex and sharing HIV contaminated syringes. HIV attacks immune cells and can develop into AIDs in the later stages.

Syphilis is a chronic bacterial infection by the bacterium Treponema Pallidum. Syphilis is transmitted through sexual contact. If left undiagnosed and untreated, syphilis can eventually cause damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints.

Hepatitis B is a blood-borne virus caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis can be an acute or chronic illness, if left untreated, the virus can cause serious liver damage such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver failure and liver cancer. If the infection becomes chronic, lasting over six months, it can be fatal.

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