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How About a Test for Sexually Transmitted Diseases At Home?

by Reshma Anand on November 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM
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How About a Test for Sexually Transmitted Diseases At Home?

Most people feel embarrassed to check for sexually transmitted diseases. Now NHS has offered a new scheme wherein people who need to check for STI can just do it in their homes. The scheme SH:24 funded by Guy's and St Thomas Charity works alongside the NHS is looking to expand it across the whole country.

People who think that they might have contracted an STI can simple order "sex MOT" from their smartphone. This kit will be delivered to your home where you can send the samples back to the lab.



Gillian Holdsworth, a consultant in Public Health Medicine and Program Director for SH:24, said, "We know that a third of people attending sexual health clinics could potentially self-manage using SH:24 thereby avoiding a clinic visit. We also know many people who want or need a test don't get tested for a number of reasons - inconvenience, embarrassment about going to a clinic, or not realizing they're at risk."

The kit contains tests for some of the devastating STI's such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV. After testing, the results will be delivered through text or email. If they test positive for any disease, a fast-track referral to their local clinic will be provided.

"SH:24 aims to increase efficiency and improve the experience for users and radically improve sexual health outcomes. It's available 24 hours a day, with confidentiality and results by text within a week guaranteed," he added.

As the test costs only £65, it is comparatively cheaper than the current £160 test offered by the NHS. It will save about $80 million for NHS and one can get faster results than the currently available tests.

"The key patient benefits of SH:24 are improved access, no waiting time, confidentiality and faster results, whilst the benefits to local authorities are reduced costs and improved health of the population," said Gillian Holdsworth.

Source: Medindia

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