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complete screen test kit for Men who have sex with men 

A fully comprehensive test kit that tests for genital, throat and anal infections as well as blood borne infections.

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What is the MSM Complete screen kit?

This test includes a urine sample that detects the presence of the seven most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It screens for Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes, bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas vaginalis, mycoplasma genitalium and ureaplasma urealyticum. There is a throat swab and a rectal swab that checks for both Chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

The small blood sample provided by you is tested for the presence of HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

There is a lot of press coverage at the moment about mycoplasma genitalium, often being referred to as the new sexually transmitted "superbug". Sexual health consultant Dr Suneeta Soni  explains all on this short BBC video, click here.

Who should take this test?

Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for sexually transmitted infections at least once a year.

Certain groups of people are at particularly high risk and are advised to have more regular tests :-

  • men who have sex with men are advised to test every 3 months if they're having unprotected sex with new or casual partners
  • black African men and women are advised to have a regular HIV test and STI screen if they're having unprotected sex with new or casual partners
  • people who share needles, syringes or other injecting equipment
  • Testing at the start of a sexual relationship as part of a full sexual health check is recommended, especially if you plan on not using condoms. Also, a negative test result in the past is no longer accurate if you've taken risks since. 

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK and easily transferred during vaginal, anal and oral sex.                                                                                                                                                    Your urine sample will detect whether you have genital Chlamydia and your throat and anal swabs will check for it in your throat and anus.

Some men have mild symptoms that disappear after a few days. However, even if the symptoms disappear they will still have the infection and be able to transfer it to another person.

If Chlamydia is left untreated in men they are at risk of infertility, reactive arthritis or orchitis (swollen testicles).

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. It can be contracted by having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected person.

10% of men are unaware that they’re infected as they don’t experience any obvious symptoms and this means that the infection can go untreated until the disease has progressed. This can lead to serious long term health problems and infertility.

This test will detect the infection in your urine, throat and anus.

HIV

Most people diagnosed with HIV in the UK acquire the virus through unprotected vaginal or anal sex. It’s also possible to catch HIV through unprotected oral sex but the risk is much lower and so it’s very rare.

The blood test kit checks whether you have contracted  HIV.
You will need to produce a small blood sample using a sterile lancet that is enclosed within the test kit.

It’s very accurate (99.8%) at detecting the presence of HIV in your blood providing the sample is taken at least 28 days after potential exposure to the virus.

Most people who are infected with HIV experience a short ( lasting around 2 weeks) flu-like illness that occurs within 6 weeks of infection.

Once this passes an infected person usually feels fine for a number of years. During this time, known as asymptomatic HIV infection, the virus continues to be active and causes progressive damage to your immune system. This can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, tuberculosis (TB) and pneumonia. Early diagnosis and treatment of HIV can prevent these illnesses.

Therefore, it's extremely important that you get tested if you think you may have been exposed to HIV, even if you have no symptoms.

However, if you think you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours please go to your local sexual health clinic or A&E dept. immediately to receive treatment.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. It can be transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. During the early stages of infection it usually causes painless but very infectious sores or ulcers called  chancres.

It's important to get tested and treated as soon as possible if you think you might have syphilis, as it can cause serious problems if it's left untreated. It can cause damage to your inner organs and as the disease progresses it can cause brain damage and dementia.

People with syphilis are up to five times more likely to be infected with HIV, which can enter the body through any syphilis sores that start to bleed during sex.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B, sometimes called hep B or HBV, is a virus carried in the blood and body fluids and can be transmitted by vaginal, oral and anal sex. It infects and damages the liver and is the most widespread form of hepatitis worldwide.

Hepatitis B is very infectious, 50 – 100 times more infectious than HIV. The virus is able to survive outside the body for at least a week which means objects and surfaces contaminated with dried blood also can pose a risk.

It often doesn't cause any obvious symptoms in adults and typically passes in a few months without treatment and therefore many may be unaware that they are infected.

There are many general symptoms, some of which may be confused with flu.

A few people develop a serious illness and need to be looked after in hospital.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection that can be contracted when sharing needles and commonly affects drug users who do not use clean needles.
It can also be passed on when sharing razors and toothbrushes contaminated with the blood of an infected person.

More rarely, it can be passed on during unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, especially by men who have sex with men.
Some people's bodies fight off the virus naturally, without any treatment. This happens for between 15 and 45 in every 100 people who are infected with the virus and they can live for many years without having any health problems. However, many people aren't able to fight off the virus on their own. If you have had the infection for more than six months, you are said to be suffering from chronic hepatitis C.

As Hepatitis C often doesn't have any noticeable symptoms until the liver has been significantly damaged many people have the infection without realising it.


When symptoms do occur they can include :-

  • Abdominal pain
  •  Flu-like symptoms such as a fever and muscle aches
  •  Appetite loss
  •  Nausea and vomiting
  •  Fatigue

But they can understandably be mistaken for another condition and so the only way to know for certain if these symptoms are caused by hepatitis C is to get tested.
Around one in every five people go on to develop jaundice which causes a yellowing of the eyes and skin.
If left untreated the Hepatitis C virus, HCV, can eventually cause cirrhosis of the liver. This means that your liver doesn’t work properly and eventually the cirrhosis causes life-threatening problems, including liver cancer.
There is currently no available vaccine.

What other STIs does the test kit detect?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection by the herpes simplex or cold sore virus. It can be transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex resulting in painful blisters (cold sores) on the genitals.

If you have herpes in the genital area then the virus will normally shed in your urine and can be detected using PCR technology which is the test used by The Doctors Lab. If the virus is active and showing symptoms like small blisters, the test is able to give a positive result. If you have no symptoms and the virus is present but inactive the test will not give a positive result.

Where symptoms are present in the form of blisters or sores, it is better to have a symptomatic lesion test where you can swab the affected area and test for the presence of the herpes virus.

Bacterial vaginosis, also known as gardnerella vaginalis, mainly affects sexually active women although it can be found in non-sexually active women who disturb the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina due to overuse of feminine hygiene products and heavily scented soaps. The infection is often symptomless but may cause an unpleasant smelling, greyish discharge in women and urethritis in men (inflammation of the urethra). If left untreated the infection can cause serious health complications such as miscarriage or pelvic inflammatory disease.

Trichomonas vaginalis is caused by a tiny single-celled parasite that is transmitted during sexual activity.  It’s more common in women than in men but up to half of all men and women have no symptoms but if any develop, it’s usually within a month of infection. Women may experience soreness and itching around the vagina and a fishy smelling, frothy yellow or watery vaginal discharge.  Men may have a thin white discharge from the penis and pain while urinating. The complications of TV are rare but if left untreated it may make it easier for you to become infected with other STIs; including HIV. Also, pregnant women with this infection may have a premature birth or a baby with low birth weight.

Mycoplasma genitalium is caused by a small parasitic bacterium that can infect both men and women having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.  Most people don’t experience any symptoms but the common ones for women are a burning sensation or pain when urinating, pain during sex and vaginal itching. The main symptom for men is urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), but may also experience pain or burning sensation during urination or discharge from the penis.

There is a lot of press coverage at the moment about mycoplasma genitalium, often being referred to as the new sexually transmitted "superbug". Sexual health consultant Dr Suneeta Soni  explains all on this short BBC video, click here.

Ureaplasma urealyticum is caused by a bacterium and commonly occurs in people who are sexually active. It often does not cause any symptoms and therefore most people don’t know that they’re infected. The most common symptom is urethritis (inflammation of the urethra). If left untreated it may cause long term health problems.


How do I get my test results?

You will receive your test results within 4-5 working days of your test kit samples reaching the lab.

As soon as the lab has your test results you will be notified by your chosen method, email or SMS.  There will not be any detail in this message, it will simply ask you to login to your WebMed account; using your secure password. When you have logged in you will find your confidential test results.

How do I  prevent passing stis to another person?

It’s important to always wear a condom, particularly with new partners, when having any kind of sexual activity.

Avoid sharing sex toys but if you do, make sure you wash them and cover with a condom.

Not all STIs can be prevented entirely by wearing a condom but your chances of contracting an infection can be dramatically reduced by wearing one. 

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What is the sex 'superbug' STD Mgen?

There is a lot of press coverage at the moment about mycoplasma genitalium, often being referred to as the new sexually transmitted "superbug". Sexual health consultant Dr Suneeta Soni  explains all on this short BBC video, click here.

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