More than 26 million people in the Middle East and North Africa region have curable sexually transmitted infections.  There is a stigma associated with STIs, particularly regarding the topic of who gets infected. This could be due to misinformation or a lack of education around sexual health. It is important to remember that STIs do not discriminate; anyone can be affected by sexually transmitted infections. 
During her Tedx Talk ‘Love Should Not Kill’, Narges Dorratoltaj, co-founder of CTRL-S, promotes the need to increase awareness about STIs and sexual health in the Middle East. She said there is a stigma associated with STIs and that CTRL-S often received questions from females who are experiencing symptoms, but do not feel comfortable seeing a physician. 
If you are concerned about STIs, or your sexual health more generally, Better2Know is here to help. Our sexual health advisors are highly trained through regular attendance to professional development courses, which enable them to provide expert support and advice on your sexual health. Get in touch with Better2Know today to arrange your confidential STI test at one of our private sexual health clinics in the Middle East. Available in any of the following locations:
Better2Know’s range of STI testing options is designed with your sexual health concerns in mind. If you are unsure which STI screen or test to select, your experienced advisor will help you. An incubation period is advised for most of Better2Know’s STI tests and screens. This is the time between potential exposure to an STI and your private appointment. Should you choose to test before this time, the accuracy of your results may be reduced. A selection of recommended STI screening options for women include:
Results will be available within five working days following the receipt of your sample at Better2Know’s fully certified, central laboratory for fast, accurate testing. This will vary depending on your selected STI test. For example, our popular instant testing range provides rapid results from 10 minutes after sample collection and you will be given your results before you leave the clinic.
Your results will be displayed in your secure online Patient Area as soon as they are available. Better2Know’s dedicated Patient Services team will also contact you once all your results are ready to report, unless you would prefer to phone us directly instead. Take control of your sexual health today by getting tested at your earliest convenience.
This is why it is important for women to get tested regularly for STIs, particularly when some may not even realise, they have been infected due to their lack of symptoms. Though, when symptoms in women are present, they can include :
Untreated sexually transmitted infections can affect the long-term outcome of your personal health. Problems including infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancies may develop in women. 
Most sexually transmitted infections can be cured or managed with appropriate medications. These will be prescribed by a qualified doctor once you have tested positive for an STI. 
If you test positive for a sexually transmitted infection, Better2Know can help you arrange a private doctor’s consultation in the Middle East. Here, your private doctor will go through your results in more detail and provide a prescription for the medication you require. Better2Know can also offer referrals to specialists, for certain STIs, who will provide additional guidance on treatment options moving forward.
Arrange your STI test or screen today at Better2Know’s private STI clinics in the Middle East by selecting the orange ‘Book Now’ button above. Our online booking system enables you to organise your private appointment at any time.
Alternatively, our friendly sexual health advisors are available 24/7 for your convenience. Contact them now by phoning them on the number listed at the top of the page. They will be more than happy to answer any additional queries before confirming your confidential appointment.
 The Daily Beast: The Women Educating The Middle East About Sexual Health
 Tedx Talks: Love Should Not Kill | Narges Dorratoltaj | TEDxVirginiaTech
 CDC Fact Sheet: 10 Ways STDs Impact Women Differently from Men
 The Office on Women’s Health: Sexually Transmitted Infections
 STDcheck: An Overview & List of STD Symptoms in Women
 American Sexual Health Association: Women and STIs
 British GQ: STI symptoms to watch out for, and how to treat them
 Let’s Talk About It (NHS): Preventing an STI