Sexually transmitted infections are a cause for concern for many people – regardless of age and gender [1]. Issues with sexual health can cause feelings of stress, worry and embarrassment [2]. Better2Know are here to help you. Our private STI testing services are fast, accurate and discreet. Better2Know’s experienced sexual health advisors are highly trained to help you with your sexual health concerns, including those that can affect men. Men do not often show symptoms of an STI, so it is important to get tested regularly, or as soon as you have had unprotected sex [3].

Aside from our team of sexual health advisors, Better2Know’s private STI clinics are also staffed with qualified medical professionals who will provide support and guidance, should you need it. Our sexual health clinics are conveniently situated across the Middle East including in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and throughout the United Arab Emirates.

 

Better2Know’s STI Screening Options for Men

Better2Know’s STI tests and screens are designed by our panel of medical experts with your sexual health concerns in mind. These are also reviewed regularly to ensure you receive the most advanced STI tests available. Your dedicated advisor will help you choose the most suitable STI test or screen for your personal needs. Better2Know’s private STI testing services in the Middle East are performed in line with the highest international standards of quality and care.

Better2Know’s wide range of STI tests and screens will identify a variety of sexually transmitted infections. These include:

  • HIV
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Herpes I/II
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Mycoplasma
  • Trichomonas
  • Ureaplasma
  • Gardnerella

You can choose to have individual STI tests or opt for one of Better2Know’s sexual health screens. These combine STI tests to provide a more comprehensive picture of your sexual health. A period of incubation is advised for many of our STI testing options. This is the time between potential exposure to infection and your Better2Know test. An incubation period is advised to ensure the accuracy of your confidential results. If you choose to test before the stipulated time has passed, then your results may not be as accurate as they could be. Some recommended STI screens for men include:

 

The Peace of Mind Screen

  • Incubation period: 14 days
  • Includes testing for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis

 

The Instant Six Screen

  • Incubation period: 28 days
  • Tests for: HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis

 

The Full Screen

  • Incubation period: 28 days
  • Comprises testing for: HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma

 

The Gold Screen

  • Incubation period: 28 days
  • Combines tests for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma

 

Get in touch with Better2Know’s dedicated advisors today to receive expert advice on your sexual health. Our sexual health advisors have the necessary skills and attitudes required for the diagnosis, management and prevention of STIs. Each one has attended the STI Foundation course which is suitable for nurses, HCAs, health advisors and doctors from primary care, contraception and sexual health services, GUM services and secondary care clinicians who may encounter patients with STIs [4].  Your experienced advisor will listen to your STI related concerns, suggest appropriate sexual health tests or screens, and arrange your private appointment in the Middle East for a time and date that suits you.

 

STI Symptoms in Men

Many sexually transmitted infections may not exhibit any symptoms, especially in the early stages following exposure. So, you may remain unaware of your STI status. The only way to know if you have been infected is to get tested. However, if men are experiencing STI symptoms, they can include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Unusual discharge from the penis or rectum
  • Blisters, sores or other blemishes on the penis
  • Testicular pain
  • Itching, redness or swelling around the genital or anal area
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Tiredness, fever, sore throat or any other flu-like symptoms

Untreated STIs can trigger irreversible or long-lasting effects on your personal health. For men, this can include infertility or reduced fertility, epididymitis and urethritis [5].

 

Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections

If you test positive for an STI, Better2Know will help you get the treatment you need. Our dedicated Patient Services team can arrange a private consultation with one of our skilled doctors in the Middle East. Your Better2Know doctor will discuss your results in more detail and provide a prescription for the medication you need. Depending on the STI you test positive for, Better2Know can also refer you to a specialist who will provide additional guidance on treatment options moving forward.

Most STIs are curable and can be treated with a course of medication that is prescribed by a qualified doctor. Some sexually transmitted infections are curable, but the effects of a lasting infection may be irreversible [6].  Other STIs may require long-term management and supervision. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to combatting sexually transmitted infections. If you have any doubts about your sexual health, you should get tested as soon as possible.

It is recommended to use a condom (male or female) during any sexual activity. You should also refrain from unprotected sexual contact until you get tested, receive your results and, if treatment is prescribed, after you have completed your course of medication. This includes oral, vaginal and anal intercourse [7].

 

Booking Your STI Test or Screen in the Middle East

Better2Know’s friendly sexual health advisors are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your Better2Know advisor will answer any additional questions you may have before arranging your private appointment at one of our STI clinics in the Middle East. Alternatively, our online booking system enables you to book your STI test whenever it is convenient for you. Simply select the orange Book Now button to organise your private STI testing appointment.

 

References

[1] Green Prophet: Herpes in the Middle East

[2] BBC: Sexually Transmitted Infections – what to do if you get one

[3] STDcheck: STD Symptoms in Men

[4] The STI Foundation: STI Foundation Course

[5] Young Men’s Health: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

[6] National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

[7] World Health Organization: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

 

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