Since lockdown restrictions have eased, dating apps like Tinder are experiencing a sudden boom in popularity. Experts are even dubbing this summer the new ‘summer of love’!
We’ve all felt the lack of physical contact over the past eighteen months. And whilst it’s fantastic that singles are able to get out and start dating again, it is important to be cautious. Especially if you are planning to have sexual relations with people you may not know very well.
Sexual Health Screening
Here at Surescan, we offer sexual health screening for all women who want to keep an eye on their sexual health. And if you do have new sexual partners, then a regular sexual health check will afford you (and them) peace of mind.
The first step in the process is a full and thorough consultation with a consultant gynaecologist. This might seem daunting, but rest assured they’ve heard it all before.
You will then undergo an abdominal and pelvic examination, followed by swab tests to check for:
- Bacterial infections
- Herpes simplex
And, if you go for the Advanced Sexual Health Check, blood tests to check for:
- Hepatitis B and V
It’s Not Just About You
Some women are frightened to undergo sexual health screening, in case they discover something they’d rather not know about, and that’s entirely understandable. However, unfortunately, when it comes to sexual health, it is never just one person who is affected by a diagnosis.
Any sexually transmitted infection may have been transmitted to any sexual partners since becoming infected. And this extends to any partners they may have had. Furthermore, some infections, like HIV and herpes can affect any children you may have in future. Some can even affect your ability to have children, if left untreated.
Sexual Health Screening For Peace Of Mind
The good news is that most sexual health checks we carry out come out negative. But even when an infection is found, it can usually be treated quickly.
Regular sexual health screening means that any sexually transmitted infections can be caught early. Furthermore, screenings can prevent an infection becoming a long-term problem.
Even if you are undergoing regular sexual health screenings, it is also important to take precautions. By using condoms, you can reduce your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection by up to 98%. However, they won’t protect against contact-based infections such as herpes. So a two-pronged attack is your best bet to achieve full confidence in your sexual health.
For more information about sexual health screening or to book an appointment, please contact us.