How to test yourself for STDs
In the past year, close to half a million new STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) diagnoses were made in the UK.
Young adults (particularly students) account for a large percentage of these figures.
The embarrassment and stigma attached to STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) often prevents students from seeking proper advice and getting tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes and HIV amongst other STDs still common within the student community. As everyone keeps telling you, always use protection.
It’s important you take regular tests too to be certain you’re clean. The symptoms may not appear until a few years down the line, so tests and possible treatment for the major STIs is really important. This applies to both men and women.
Sexual health clinics
You can attend your local STD testing centre or sexual health clinic for a free test and check up.
Use this link to visit the NHS, and find your local clinic.
Home testing kits
Alternatively you can test yourself using a home STI test kit. Such home kits are now easily available online and give reliable results in privacy.
It’s definitely better to be safe and take periodic tests even if you use protection. If you’d rather not go to a clinic, just use a testing kit which are pretty cheap nowadays.
There’s now a range of advanced home test kits for STIs that will give you piece of mind quickly. Don’t leave it to chance!
Until recently kits have been pretty expensive. But now for less than £20 you can now order a home testing kit for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis discreetly online.