It’s not something that many people like to talk about but it is important – anyone who is having sex is at risk of contracting an STI.
Statistics from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (who are responsible for collecting data on STI’s in Ireland) published on 1st February 2016, found that incidents of STI infection in Ireland are on the increase – with 12,626 cases being diagnosed in 2014.
Many STI’s have little or no symptoms, and if left untreated can lead to long term implications for health and fertility. For example, clamidiya is the most common STI in Ireland – if diagnosed early, it can be treated successfully with a course of antibiotics, but if left undiagnosed, it can lead to chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women, and to orchitis (testicular inflammation) in men.
The easiest way to help prevent STI’s is the use protection, but if you are sexually active it is important to be aware of your sexual health and to be tested regularly.
Winner of Future Health Summit Innovator Award, Let’s Get Checked testing kits allow you to self collect your sample in the privacy of your own home and get the results online within 2 days. The testing kits are CE marked and are no different to those performed by a doctor, local hospital or sexual health clinic.
There are two different kits available – the Simple (2) €50 which tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and the Simple (6) €120 which tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
If you do test positive a member of the Let’s Get Checked nursing support team will be in touch to provide you with a same day consultation.
You can buy the Let’s Get Checked kits in any of our stores and online at www.sammccauley.com