The most common STI's in the UK are Chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
They can both be treated very effectively and easily with antibiotics.
Sex without using a condom can increase your risk of getting a STI. Also, sex toys should be washed and covered with a new condom each time they are used.
If you have been diagnosed with an STI it’s necessary to inform any sexual partners, from the last 6 months, that they may also be at risk, so that they can be screened and have treatment if required. Also, to prevent infecting or re-infecting your partner with an STI you should both avoid any sexual contact until you both have been treated.
Chlamydia can also infect the rectum, throat or eyes if you have unprotected anal or oral sex with an infected person. Also, you may get conjunctivitis, if infected vaginal fluid or semen comes into contact with the eyes. Usually no symptoms are experienced if the throat is infected but infection of the rectum may cause bleeding, pain, discharge and discomfort.
If you suspect that you may have a throat or rectal infection you can buy one of our throat or/and rectal swabs to send to The Doctors Lab, TDL, for testing.
If you suspect that you may have a STI you can go to your GP or local genitourinary medicine (GUM)clinic, also referred to as sexual health clinics, where you can be tested and receive treatment. If you prefer to use our fast, discreet, confidential service you can order a test kit online from us at WebMed Pharmacy, to be used in the comfort of your own home. You only have to provide a urine sample for men or a simple vaginal swab for women; it’s quick, easy and effective whist avoiding any potential embarrassment.
The Test kits are posted in discreet plain unmarked packaging with no indication of their contents.