Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Getting Tested for an STI

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With Ireland launching a new initiative for the discrete online ordering of STI home testing kits, Yourwellness Magazine explored getting tested for an STI.

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In Ireland, home testing kits for sexually transmitted infections can now be ordered online as part of a new confidential service, it was announced August 13th. Lloyds Online Doctor and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) have launched the initiative, which delivers tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV to people’s homes in a discreet package. Dr Caitriona Henchion, the IFPA medical director, commented, “Accessible and affordable testing is key to diagnosis and early treatment, and this service is a welcome addition to the services we offer at our clinics. Eliminating barriers to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing services is critical.” (http://www.herald.ie/news/confidential-sti-home-test-kits-available-29495853.html)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine reported on recognising the symptoms of an STI and getting tested. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “It’s important not to ignore any symptoms you might have of a sexually-transmitted infection (STI). Testing is fast and effective, allowing you to get the treatment you need as quickly as possible. Safe sex through using a condom is the only effective way to protect yourself against infection. STIs are infections passed through sexual contact. You can contract an STI or pass one on whether you have sex with a man or woman, through vaginal, anal and oral sex. Most infections can be cleared up with antibiotics and although more serious viruses, such as HIV, cannot be cured, treatments can keep the infection under control. (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/02/recognising-the-symptoms-of-an-sti-and-getting-tested/#sthash.zIV55kL2.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine noted that the symptoms of an STI are sometimes unnoticeable, and so getting regular check-ups is the only way in which a person who has had unprotected sex can ensure that they are free of infection. Yourwellness Magazine explained that testing can either be done at a GP surgery, specialist sexual health clinics or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics. Some pharmacies also carry out tests for chlamydia.

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