Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) can take between 7 – 14 days to be detectable
With the party season now over, doubtless some of us will have recollections of getting carried away that are possibly better forgotten. However before the memory of a night of unprotected passion is put in the file marked ‘experience’, it is worth considering doing one responsible thing to ensure that the only hangover from the evening was the one you had the following day. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) can take between 7 – 14 days to be detectable, so if your New Year’s Eve came in with a bang then it is about now that you should be thinking about getting tested.
STI’s are at epidemic proportions in the UK so if you did have unprotected sex then unfortunately you run a very real risk of contracting one. This may be an embarrassingly prospect but it is also a potentially dangerous one and worst of all, you often don’t know if you have been unlucky as many infections don’t have any symptoms.
No-one is thrilled by a trip to the doctor – and returning to work after the holidays means that time off can be difficult. The good news is that you can be tested and treated in your own home, courtesy of online services such as www.theSTIclinic.com.
Online clinics work on the basis of ‘Request, Receive, Respond, Relax.’ Visitors to the site can be tested for between 1 and 7 specific infections, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Herpes. You need to register to receive a test kit, based on giving a urine sample, which you complete and post back to the clinic. The results are given out in a couple of working days.
If someone does have an infection, clinics will automatically get in touch to confirm the results, request that you complete a simple online medical questionnaire resulting in the delivery of the correct medication by return. Consequently you can register, get tested and treated in less than a week.
So if you did have a Christmas to remember, make sure your New Year’s resolution doesn’t leave you with something you would rather forget.
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For further information, please visit www.theSTIclinic.com or contact Heidi Anderson on 020 7934 9034 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chlamydia: The most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK, which can often present no obvious symptoms. Chlamydia affects both men and women and can cause serious problems if left untreated. The good news is that treatments are available and are highly effective in eradicating the infection. Chlamydia will show up in a test 14 days after infection.
Gonorrhoea: The second most prevalent sexually transmitted infection in the UK. This can affect both men and women. Not everyone will get symptoms but those who do will often get a discharge from the urethra and find it painful to pass urine. Gonorrhoea is generally treated using cephalosporin antibiotics. Gonorrhoea will show up after 7 days.
Herpes: Genital herpes can be controlled but once contracted, most people will experience outbreaks throughout their lives. Herpes can be controlled with an antiviral medication. Normally outbreaks of herpes is characterised by small blisters around the affected area.
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