Better2Know understands how important sexual health is to both your physical and mental well-being.  Many STIs show no symptoms in the early stages of infection, so it is important to get tested regularly. This helps to keep you healthy and prevents the spread of infection to your new partner.

Our STI screens provide a combination of tests and have been specifically designed by medical experts.  One of our most popular STI screens is the Peace of Mind screen, which tests for three of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs); Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia, all of which are curable.

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As mentioned, many of these STIs often have no symptoms so you can unknowingly contract them.  Even if you have not had a worrying incident, it is still advisable to make sure you have a clean bill of sexual health and get regularly tested as there can be implications for your future long-term health.

What is Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia?

Syphilis is abacterial infection normally spread via sexual contact. The infection begins as a painless sore, usually on the rectum, genitals, or mouth. Syphilis spreads from person to person via skin or mucous membrane contact with these sores which are called chancres.

Gonorrhoea is an STI caused by sexually transmitted bacteria via sexual contact with the mouth, penis, vagina, or anus of an infected person. It most frequently affects the throat, rectum, urethra, or cervix in females.

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and can be contracted by a type of bacteria that can infect your vagina, penis, anus, or throat. It is notably asymptomatic, that means many people are unaware they are infected because it does not show symptoms. It can cause serious health problems that adversely affect fertility and pregnancy.

What conditions are associated with Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia?

If Syphilis is left untreated it can have dire consequences for pregnant women such as miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, or infant mortality. The baby is at risk of deformity, developmental delays, seizures, fever, rashes, swollen liver or spleen, jaundice, and anaemia. Late-stage Syphilis in infants can cause teeth, eye, ear, bone, and brain damage.

Gonorrhoea can cause infertility and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Pregnant women with this STI are at risk of miscarriage, preterm birth and preterm premature rupture of membranes and infection of the amniotic fluid and sac. New-born infants can contract Gonorrhoea resulting in potential blindness. In males, it can cause pain in the testicles called epididymitis. There is a potential association between this STI and prostate cancer.

Chlamydia can cause PID which in turn can prevent a woman from conceiving. A female is also at risk of ectopic pregnancy. An infant who contracts this STI during delivery may suffer from pneumonia or eye infections. Chlamydia reduces fertility in men and cause other male reproductive problems along with swelling and inflammation of the testicles.

All these STIs, if left untreated, can increase your risk of contracting other STIs which include HIV. The World Health Organization estimated in November 2021 that globally more than 1 million STIs are acquired every day, the majority of which are asymptomatic. This illustrates that early and regular testing is essential to protect your sexual and overall health.

How can Better2Know help?

Our Middle East clinics offers testing for a wide range of sexually transmitted infections including Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and more. You can also choose a comprehensive health screen such as our Peace of Mind Screen which tests for all three STIs previously referenced.

Our Gold Screen is another STI screening option which tests for Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia as well as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Ureaplasma, Mycoplasma, Trichomonas and Herpes I/II. Medical specialists have created our screens to give you assurance and complete peace of mind about your sexual health.

Book your STI test or screen

All Better2Know’s tests, screens and services in the Middle East are performed in line with national regulations. To book your test or screen online, click the ‘Book Now’ button at the top of the page and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you can telephone our highly trained and friendly Patient Services team 24 hours, 7 days a week on the telephone number displayed above.

Sources

[1] World Health Organization: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

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