Sexual Health

There has been a significant increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), otherwise known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) contracted in the UK over the past ten years. More information about the most recent STI statistics can be found here.

An STI, or STD, is an infection that is normally transmitted from one person to another through unprotected sexual intercourse. It can cause painful symptoms such as pain while urinating or an unusual discharge, but it doesnít always display symptoms.

If you think you have an STI or suspect you are at risk, itís very important to visit your doctor, local GUM (genitourinary) clinic or take an STI test online as soon as possible to ensure you get treated quickly and effectively.

TestDiagnostics provides information about the most common STIs in the UK today, as well as tests and treatment information for all infections so that you can get the help you need.

How are STIs contracted?

STIs can be contracted through any form of sexual content, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. In some cases, an STI can be contracted simply through genital contact with an infected person, but only if that person is showing visible symptoms such as genital warts or herpes sores. You can also contract an STI by sharing sex toys with an infected partner, as the bacteria that cause the infection can bind to the object in question.

Having unprotected sex Ė sex without a condom Ė can put you at a greater risk of contracting an infection and there is nothing to protect yourself from skin-on-skin contact with an infected person.

Signs and Symptoms

STIs are often asymptomatic, which means that they donít show any symptoms. You may be infected but not realise you have contracted an STI, which is why it is so important that you have a sexual health screen at least once every year.

In other cases, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms. The most common STI symptoms include:

  • Unusual vaginal or penile discharge
  • Pain or bleeding during or after sex
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain when urinating
  • Itchy or inflamed genitals
  • Rashes, sores or lumps around the genitals
  • Lower abdominal or testicular pain

What sexual health tests are available from

  1. Full STI Screen Test

    TestDiagnostics offers an extensive test for the eight most common sexually transmitted infections, allowing you to be sure you are completely STI-free.

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  2. Chlamydia Test

    Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Take an accurate and discreet Chlamydia test today to ensure you are not infected.

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  3. Gonorrhoea Test

    Gonorrhoea is a bacterial STI that can easily be contracted through unprotected sex. Take a Gonorrhoea test today if you think you may be at risk.

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  4. Genital Herpes Test

    Genital herpes is an STI caused by the HSV-1 virus which causes painful blisters and sores around the genital area. Take a Genital Herpes urine test or Symptomatic Lesion swab test.

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  5. Ureaplasma Urealyticum Test

    A ureaplasma urealyticum infection is a result of an imbalance in the urinary tract caused by a bacterial infection. Take a Ureaplasma Urealyticum urine test today.

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  6. Mycoplasma Genitalium Test

    A small parasitic bacteria can cause this infection, leading to painful symptoms. Take a Mycoplasma Genitalium test, with 99% accurate and confidential results from a certified lab.

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  7. Trichomonas Vaginalis Test

    This infection is caused by a tiny parasite which is transmitted through sexual contact. Get tested for Trichomonas Vaginalis with our laboratory-certified urine test.

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  8. Bacterial Vaginosis Test

    One third of women will experience this infection at some point in their lives. Donít risk infection; take a Bacterial Vaginosis urine test or BV Profile swab test today.

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  9. Non-Specific Urethritis Test

    Because NSU most often occurs alongside or as a result of other STIs, the only way to test for this infection is to take a Full STI Screen test.

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