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The importance of a sexual health screening

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk from contracting any one of various sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore arranging a sexual health screening is vital in eliminating the possibility of STDs in your body. Fortunately however, getting tested is simple, puts your mind at ease and aids in the prevention of future health problems.

Why get tested?

Sexually transmitted diseases affect men and women from every social class and economic standing. In fact the number of infected people is growing by the day. Such infections include chlamydia, genital herpes, syphilis, crabs and, in extreme cases, HIV and hepatitis.

If you think that there is a possibility that you may have been infected then it is fundamental that you see a doctor and arrange a sexual health screening immediately. Never sit around waiting for the symptoms to disappear as failure to receive the correct diagnosis can result in worsening conditions.

Some of people most at risk of contracting infections are young sexually active people who may have had a number of different partners. Additionally, men engaging in sex with other men are also vulnerable. Nevertheless with the right education it is possible to lessen the likelihood of catching, or passing on, an infection. Both men and women should insist on using a condom when engaging in penetrative intercourse. And if you are in a relationship then don’t feel ashamed to ask your partner to get tested before commencing any sexual contact.

Where to get tested?

Arranging a sexual health screening is easy and certainly not something you should be embarrassed about. You can start be contacting your local GP who will be in a position to advise you of the nearest GUM clinic. Failing this there is plenty of information available about clinics in the UK at Fpa.org.uk/helpandadvice/findaclinic or by calling 0800 567123.

Don't sit around waiting

Whether you have symptoms or not, there is never any harm in going for a sexual health screening. And with a high possibility of being free from infections you will provide peace of mind for both you and your partner.

For more information on sexual health visit nhs.co.uk/livewell/sexualhealthtopics.

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