Thanks to a lot more education and awareness on the subject of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), we are now more ‘up’ on the issue than ever before. There is still an awful lot of stigma attached to the subject, and a lot of embarrassment too, but technological developments have given us options if we feel we need to be tested.
The general rule of thumb is that if you have more than one sexual partner, you should be tested twice per year, to pick up any potential issues before they become much bigger problems in the future. Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs on the planet, and the most worrying thing about it is that there are virtually no noticeable symptoms until the disease is quite far advanced. In its later stages, chlamydia can cause infertility.
The good news is that most STDs can be cured with treatment, such as antibiotics, but some are on the manageable scale, and are incurable, such as HIV. In order to identify an issue and get the correct treatment, a test is required.
Here comes the stumbling block.
Not everyone wants to visit their doctor’s surgery and ask for an STD screen. Yes, you should be able to do so without embarrassment, but we are human beings, and this is a natural feeling to have. If that is the case, the advancement in home STD testing Dublin kits is good news for you.
There are a huge range of different kits on the market, and all of them work subtly different from one another. The general rule is that you give a urine sample into a sterile cup, which is supplied to you with the kit, and this is then sent to the laboratory for testing. The laboratory will then either contact you by confidential telephone call 2-3 days later, or you can choose to access your results via a confidential website/email. If you do require treatment, this is arranged for you.
There are tests which don’t require you to send off a sample at all, much like a pregnancy test, but the jury is out on how accurate these actually are, in terms of identifying which actual STD you have. Of course, if the test comes up positive, you then have to go to see your doctor, which doesn’t cut out the embarrassment factor, like the more common type of test described above.
Not all tests require a urine sample, and some are along the lines of a swab from the genital area. If you require a blood test however, this is still something you need to visitor your doctor for.
Aside from the subtle differences between kits however, the fact that there is a way for people to be tested without having to go through the embarrassment of a visit to the surgery is a very positive step indeed.