Happy STiQ week!
This week is dedicated to generate more awareness about STI's and encourage more people to go for sexual health checks. It is important to get yourself regularly checked for STI's, like any other health checks, especially if you have had unprotected sex over the course of the holidays. The main reason why STiQ week is promoted during this time is not only to encourage people to be more aware of their sexual health but also to allow people enough time to get tested before Valentine's Day. Many of the common STI's take at least two weeks to be detected which makes this the perfect time to get tested and treated so that you can enjoy the upcoming festivities without worrying about your health. The rate of people with STI's in the U.K are increasing therefore taking a simple test could not only protect your fertility, but also save yours and your partners' health and life too! Who doesn't want that kind of reassurance?
Stay sexually healthy, use condom's with new partners and make sure that both you and your partner are tested before abandoning condoms. Initially, STI's do not present any symptoms, in fact 70% of women and 50% of men with Chlamydia have stated that they have no symptoms which clearly makes it all the more important to get tested as Chlamydia is one of the most common STI's in the U.K. Most STI tests require a urine sample, or a swab, but when testing for HIV and Syphilis the test would also involve a blood sample. If the tests are positive then the doctor would prescribe treatment accordingly, this typically consists of a course of antibiotics. Furthermore, if you require any kind of advice in terms of discussing the tests or results of the tests with your partner then there will be support available for you.
If you would like to get tested and you live, work or study within the tri-boroughs of City of Westminister, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea then as always you are more than welcome to drop in and get tested on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Just so that you are aware we do give priority to patients that book appointments over walk-in patients. To book an appointment with us you can go online to Zesty or alternatively you can call our administration line.
We hope you have a lovely and safe weekend!