A recent online survey revealed that 58% of The British population have never been tested for an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) also known as STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). Whilst this raises to a staggering 85% for 53 to 71-year-olds.
However, there is little evidence that this age group has abstained from sex or that they were particularly cautious when it comes to safe sex. Given the symptom less nature of many STIs, this lack of testing could be seen as almost reckless.
A lack of education
The same survey discovered that a third of people asked claimed that they had never received any education about STIs at school. A further 20% said the sex education they did receive was limited or of poor quality.
Just recently, the British government recognised the lack of credible sex education. They have insisted that this must change. In fact, these lessons are to become compulsory at secondary schools from September 2020. Children as young as four will be introduced to the basic concept of relationships.
Whilst this must be welcomed, it still means that a large number of our ageing population could be unwittingly infected by STIs by others who never considered being tested despite their lifestyle choices.
The new technology to the rescue
Fortunately, whilst sexual health might not have improved much over half a century, testing certainly has. Gone are the days of the embarrassment of attending STI clinics. With the ability to buy an STI test kit including HIV test online, now the whole process is effortless, anonymous and done in the comfort of your own home.
An STD test kit can be sent discreetly through the post. Clear guidelines and instructions are given as to how to collect the samples of blood, urine or swab at home.
Samples are posted to the lab & the result is sent via SMS to the client.
On TESTD.COM, We have devised an “Online Consultation Tool” which can help select the appropriate test, if unsure.
Home STI tests kits help to remove the taboo around the topic of sexual health. It helps make STI testing as normal as asking for advice on any health matter.
With this level of support and discretion, there is no need to avoid or ignore possible infection. Whatever your age or however long ago you might have contracted an STI, your health matters. If in doubt, check it out!