Online tool which help you to select the appropriate STI test

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Sexual health can be a difficult topic to openly discuss. For many, the idea of attending a specialist public clinic to discuss their most intimate experiences is uncomfortable. However, obtaining a diagnosis need not be arduous or even embarrassing. We have designed an online tool which guides you which test to select.

Please click the link below in order to obtain a free online test, no personal details required during the online consultation.

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How TESTD works

First and foremost, TESTD empowers you to have control over your health concerns. The service is simple and straightforward. The test is ordered online. Order before 4 pm and the kit will be dispatched the next day in plain packaging. The instructions are easy to follow. You provide a sample. Blood samples are from a finger prick. The samples are returned to our lab in a self-address envelope provided and your results are sent via SMS.

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Testing is important

In 2017, 3.3 million people attended sexual health clinics across the UK. There have been dramatic increases in the number of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis cases. Yet, diagnosed early, each of these STIs is treatable and most are curable. For many of us, getting tested quickly will ensure that we receive the appropriate treatment and return to being STI-free.

Getting an STI is not a catastrophe, but not seeking a diagnosis or treatment might well be. Our services are practical and efficient. We are not here to judge you; we want to help you to live a healthy life free from anxiety and worry.

What is HIV?

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HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) is a serious viral infection that is spread through body fluids, including through sexual intercourse, and this includes vaginal, anal and sometimes oral sex. The virus attacks our immune system to make us more susceptible to infections and disease.

HIV can also be spread by needle stick contamination, by sharing needles; receiving surgical treatment in foreign countries (where sterilization of equipment may not meet the standards of developed countries) and sometimes it can be passed from the mother to a child during the birth process or through breast feeding.

HIV is found in the bodily fluids of an infected person, which includes semen, vaginal, anal fluids, and blood and breast milk.  HIV virus thrives inside a person’s body, however does not survive long outside the body. HIV cannot be transmitted through sweat or urine.

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What are the risk factors for HIV infection?

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As per the guidelines of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). People with the higher risk of HIV infection should get tested every 6 months or every year.

Some factors that increase the risk of HIV infection are as follows:

  • Having unprotected sex
  • Sharing infected syringes/needles
  • Suffering from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as syphilis
  • Suffering from tuberculosis or hepatitis

One needs to talk to his/her healthcare provider if you are suffering from any above situation to confirm how often you should take the test.

What are the Symptoms of HIV? (Infographic)

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Most people who get HIV will have some symptoms within a few weeks of acquiring the virus. It is important to point out that not all people recently infected will have noticeable symptoms so do not use lack of symptoms as an excuse not to be tested!

At first individuals may experience flu-like symptoms, these can include:

  • diarrhoea
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches and pains

If these symptoms do occur they can subside for a number of years and the HIV can go undetected in the body, but during this time the virus will multiply and can be passed on to other people.

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How Do HIV Tests Get Conducted and What’s Involved?

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Meaning of HIV Test

HIV is an abbreviated form of ‘Human Immune deficiency Virus’, an enduring ailment, but you can still live happy by developing a strong will. You should not be upset even if your doctor recommends you for an HIV test, as you can still survive by availing proper treatment, medication, and staying happy.

Why should you go for an HIV test?

Every individual between the ages of 13 to 64 years must go for HIV testing as per the guidelines of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). People with the higher risk of HIV infection should get tested every 6 months or every year.

Some factors that increase the risk of HIV infection are as follows:

  • Sharing infected syringes/needles
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Suffering from tuberculosis or hepatitis
  • Suffering from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as syphilis

You need to talk to your healthcare provider if you are suffering from any above situation to confirm how often you should take the test.

Where to get HIV tested?

There are a number of places from where you can get HIV tested, like:

  • Youth drop-in center
  • Health clinics and hospitals
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  • AIDS service organization
  • Community health centers
  • Online

The most time saving, quick and hassle-free way is to get HIV test online. Some of the trusted online companies like TESTD™ deliver result with the fastest possible turnaround times.

Different types of HIV test and how do they get conducted?

    • HIV Antibody Test: Antibodies are proteins generated by the body to fight against different diseases. HIV Antibody test examines the antibodies in blood, urine, saliva and different fluids of mouth. When the person is producing enough antibodies against HIV before getting infected is the Window Period.
    • Nucleic Acid Tests (NATs): NATs looks for HIV in blood and detects HIV infection about 7-28 days after a person has been infected with HIV. It’s expensive than other methods of HIV testing and not used unless the person had a higher risk of exposure to the early symptoms of HIV infection.
    • Combined Test (Antibodies/Antigens Test): This test can detect both HIV antibodies and antigens (part of the virus). It can take up to 6 weeks for a person to produce enough antigens & antibodies for a combination test to detect HIV infection in the blood.
    • TESTD™ provides 5th generation HIV testing, which is the latest technology available. The test seeks to detect both antigens and antibodies. The test can detect HIV antigens (p24) as early as 10 days after exposure but it should be followed up with a 28 day HIV duo test.
    • Rapid HIV Test: This test is useful for instant evaluation of result as it delivers result in few minutes after testing the blood specimen. These tests are more reliable than laboratory tests and have accuracy level as high as that of the standard test, but it has slightly higher chances of giving a false report.
  • Standard HIV Test: This method of testing is used for routine evaluation or during the unavailability of the rapid test. Standard HIV Test takes around four to five days to deliver the results whereas Rapid HIV Test delivers the result within a few minutes. For more information: visit our blog. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.