Let's talk about sex! Starting a conversation about sexually transmitted diseases and getting tested isn’t easy. The problem is compounded when the conversation is with a someone you love. Being in a relationship and talking about your sexual health should go hand in hand.
In a healthy relationship you should be allowed to discuss your sexual well-being without judgement. There should never be boundaries or excuses to forgo the process. Getting nervous or anxious is normal but ignoring any underlying anxiety you might have about the conversation and not feeling comfortable enough to discuss it is not.
LetsGetChecked makes STD testing easy for those who are single or in a relationship. Still unsure? Here are some tips for starting the discussion with your partner:
- The Conversation Starters
- Lets Talk About Sex: Tips
- Lets Talk About Sex: LetsGetChecked
- Where Can You Get Tested?
- What’s Involved In An At-home STD Test?
- Is An At-Home STD Test Accurate?
- Is At-Home STD Testing Private?
- Learn More About STD Testing With Dr. Dominic Rowley
The Conversation Starters
Start the conversation by talking generally about sexually transmitted infections and their long term consequences:
“1 in 2 sexually active people will get sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25.”
“The majority people who have STDs have no symptoms.”
“The sooner most STDs are found, the easier they are to treat.”
“Left untreated, complications such as infertility can occur.”
“Getting tested is easy. We can order online and get tested from home.”
“It’s simple, just provide a urine sample or give a small amount of blood.”
Lets Talk About Sex: Tips
Do not delay in having the conversation with your loved one. Identify a quiet and private place to talk. Remember that the discussion has nothing to do with trust. STDs can be passed unintentionally from person to person. They are often an undetected mistake that lingers on from a previous relationship. Infections can remain silent for years while causing long term damage such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility and death.
Try not to worry about having the conversation. Remain calm. It’s your responsibility and right to take control of the situation. Don’t wait for your partner to suggest getting tested either, it’s your health. Chances are, they will probably be relieved by the suggestion to get tested together.
3. Testing Positive
In the event that you or your partner receives a positive result, don’t panic. Once again communication is the best policy when dealing with an STD. You should inform your partner as soon as possible. Many STDs are curable and all are treatable, but if left untreated, many can cause serious health problems. Getting tested and treated early on is essential for avoiding the long-term consequences of the the infection. Just as you expect your partner to be honest with you, be open with them.
Lets Talk About Sex: LetsGetChecked
LetsGetChecked aims to create a conversation around getting STD tested. The mantra of “LetsGetChecked” should be a term used by everyone, especially those commencing a new relationship.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases are more than just an embarrassment or an inconvenience. They are a serious health problem that can cause permanent damage if left untreated. Getting checked regularly for STDs is the best way to protect your sexual health. There are many factors that might deter you from going to a clinic or a GP to get tested, including being too self-conscious or simply not having the time.
There has been a drastic increase in the occurrence of STDs in recent years. As it stands, 1 in 2 people will be infected with an STD before the age of 25. Infections are symptom-less in 80% of cases which leads people to adopting an “ignorance is bliss” mind-set towards them.
An aversion to getting tested because you think it won’t happen to you can be damaging to your health. Many STDs left untreated have serious long-term consequences. For example, chlamydia untreated in women, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and problems with fertility and pregnancy. Furthermore, already having an STD increases your risk of contracting other STDs, including HIV. Regular STD testing allows you to enjoy a healthy sex life.
Where Can You Get Tested?
There are a few options for getting tested. You can go to your GP, to a local or college health centre or to a dedicated STI clinic. The thoughts of attending a clinic or your GP for STD testing can be daunting and may put you off getting checked. The process often involves inconvenient appointments and taking time out of your scheadule. Secondly, there is the social stigma and the embarrassment associated with getting tested. While we might have been tested once, the thoughts of getting screened regularly for STDs, can make us feel judged.
The ability to take an at-home STD test is an attractive option. LetsGetChecked offer this facility. It allows you to get checked from the comfort and privacy of your own home. The service is confidential, discreet and provides accurate results.
What’s Involved In An At-home STD Test?
A LetsGetChecked at-home STD test is simple. You order the test-kit online and it arrives within 2 days in discreet packaging that fits through your letterbox. You collect your samples yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Depending on the test that you select, you will collect just a urine sample (Simple 2) ,or a urine sample and a finger prick blood test (Standard 6 & Complete 12). All our test kits come with instructions that are easy to follow.
Once you have taken you samples you send them to our laboratory in the prepaid envelope provided. Within two days, your test results will be posted to a secure, password protected log-in area of our website.
Our Simple 2 STD Test kit tests for the two most common STDs: Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
Our Standard 6 test kit tests for 6 of the most common STDs: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Our Complete 12 test kit tests for 12 STDs including some that are not tested for in standard clinic tests: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma, Mycoplasma, Gardnerella and Herpes Simplex 1 & 2. This test kit is popular with people who are looking for complete peace of mind.
Is An At-Home STD Test Accurate?
One concern that you may have with taking an at-home STD test is the accuracy. Our tests and results are as accurate as clinical testing. Our test-kits are CE marked as per European standards and ensure accurate laboratory testing. Our laboratory is CPA approved and operates within National Quality Assurance Scheme and ISO 9001 guidelines. You can be confident that the results we provide you, will be easy to understand and as accurate as any results you would receive from your GP or an STI clinic.
Is At-Home STD Testing Private?
Privacy is of the utmost importance to you when taking an STD test and we understand that. We keep all our users data private and confidential. Our test kits are discreetly packaged and designed to fit perfectly through your letterbox so there is no need to be home and no unnecessary embarrassment. Our test kits each have a unique password ensuring that your results are only available to you. We don’t share your personal information with anyone.
If you purchase our at-home STD test you can be guaranteed that the process will be completely confidential from start to finish.
Learn More About At-Home STD Testing With Dr. Dominic Rowley
Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley