This Monday marks the start of the 2018 Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The event runs until Sunday 28th January and aims to raise awareness surrounding cervical cancer and highlight ways in which this dreadful disease can be prevented. This year’s theme is: Reduce Your Risk, and there are plenty of ways in which you can get involved, including hosting fundraising events, sharing your story through blogging or social media, or by joining the #SmearForSmear campaign alongside Better2Know.
This Sunday marks the 2018 National STI Testing Day, encouraging people around the country to take control of their sexual health by getting tested. The event takes place on the 14th of January each year, referencing the two-week period of incubation that many STI tests stipulate as a minimum requirement prior to testing.
For instance, after only 14 days of incubation, you can receive highly accurate testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Trichomonas, Gardnerella, Ureaplasma, Mycoplasma and Zika. Better2Know, the UK’s largest provider of private and confidential STI testing services, also offers HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C tests after just 10 days as part of the Early Detection Screen.
Happy New Year from all of us at Better2Know. Following the recent festivities and seasonal overindulgence, it is understandable that carefulness may have been overlooked when it comes to sexual encounters. As we embark on another new year, if you are concerned about your sexual health, it is important to remember that you are not alone.
According to the latest Government statistics, just 18 travel-associated cases of Zika have been diagnosed in the UK this year. The report marks an astonishing 93.6% reduction in travel-associated cases compared with 2016. Whilst these figures highlight the huge successes in combatting the Zika virus, there is still work to be done if we are to completely eradicate this harmful infection from our shores.
We would like to wish all our patients, clinic partners, blog readers, and anyone else we work with in the UK, a very Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can lead to serious complications if left untreated. They can occur anywhere in the urinary system, and could prove particularly harmful if one or both kidneys are affected. Better2Know’s Urine for Microscopy and Culture test will identify the presence of yeast or bacteria in the urine, which may be the cause of a UTI. The test is available across the UK, and does not require a minimum period of incubation.
Ureaplasma is a lesser known, but extremely common sexually transmitted infection. One of the smallest free-living organisms, Ureaplasma Urealyticum can be contracted through unprotected penile, vaginal, oral, or anal sexual contact. The bacterium can also be found in regular, healthy genital tracts, so a colony of Ureaplasma can overgrow and cause irritation without the occurrence of any risky or disingenuous behaviour.
Across the UK, Better2Know offers a comprehensive array of STI tests and screens, giving you complete peace of mind regarding a host of harmful infections, including Ureaplasma. Visit our testing pages to find out more.
Today is World AIDS Day, and whilst we should celebrate the enormous strides that have been made in HIV testing and treatment, Dr Michael Brady tells Better2Know that there’s still more to be done.
Dr Brady is a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at the King’s College Hospital in London. He is also the Medical Director at the Terrence Higgins Trust.
World AIDS Day is an important time for us to both reflect and celebrate. We remember those we’ve lost to HIV and AIDS, but also mark the incredible successes that have been achieved since the beginning of the epidemic. It’s a time to not only show our support for those living with and affected by HIV, but also to highlight the work that is still to be done.
Today is World AIDS Day, and events are taking place around the world aimed at reducing transmission and increasing awareness of HIV and AIDS. To mark the occasion, Better2Know, the world’s leading private provider of HIV and STI testing services, is donating £1000 to the Terrence Higgins Trust – a charity dedicated to ending the transmission of HIV in the UK and around the world.
In 2012, an estimated 2,000 people in Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, were living with HIV. More alarmingly perhaps, approximately 20% of those individuals had undiagnosed conditions, and were therefore far more likely to transmit the virus without knowing it. Just one year later, more than 10% of the 15-24-year-olds that received testing in Swindon were diagnosed with Chlamydia, which remains the city’s most prominent sexually transmitted infection.