HIV can be spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, this is because of an exchange of bodily fluids such as semen and also blood from any tissue tears. The chance of contracting HIV increases with the presence of other STDs, so regular check ups are important. Another misconception is that once you’ve contracted HIV it’s a death sentence, this is simply not true. At present there are effective anti-viral drugs that are available these makes it possible to have HIV and lead a normal life.
If you have unprotected sex and fear that you may have been exposed to HIV it’s important to seek immediate medical attention, in the right circumstances a Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) can be performed. PEP involves taking anti-HIV drugs as soon as possible after being exposed. To be effective PEP must be done within 72 hours of exposure before the virus has time to rapidly replicate itself in the body. It consists of 2-3 antiretroviral medications which needs to be taken for about 28 days.
You can get PEP from most clinics or the International hospitals, in my clinic MedConsult located centrally on Soi 49 we offer PEP and also comprehensive HIV and STD testing. I feel that is it important to increase awareness about the availability of PEP as it can be a very effective treatment to prevent contracting HIV. Of course the most sure way would be to use protection- but lets face it, we all make mistakes.
In the most conflicting cases people can catch HIV from a trusted partner like a husband or boyfriend. Often long-term couples use another means of contraception as opposed to condom usage. This can have devastating consequences if one person in the relationship has a transgression even if it’s only short lived. Again a PEP can be used in the case of unsafe sex, or if the condom broke. If you are not sure whether your partner has been exposed to HIV then the best thing to do is come in to MedConsult International Clinic and get checked out!
90% of genital warts are caused by HPV 6 or 11. Treatment of genital warts should be guided by the preference of the patient. Common treatments are aldara cream, duofilm, collomack, cryotherapy and curettage. In 2009, Gardasil was approved for use in males aged 9 through to 26. Gardasil is used to prevent cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers and pre-cancers caused by HPV 16 and 18, as well as genital warts caused by HPV 6 and 11.
Sexual health does not only refer to STI checks. For women, an important aspect of sexual health is having regular Pap Smears. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all women who are sexually active or between the ages of 21 and 65 years of age (regardless of sexual history) have an annual pap smear. A pap smear can detect changes in cervical cells in pre-cancerous stages. This means a pap smear can help to prevent the development of cervical cancer. For more information on Sexual Health Checks (STI checks or pap smears), or to make an appointment, please call MedConsult Clinic at 02 018 7855.
As well as HIV, Chlamydia can be a disease that you may contract and never realize you have it. In woman, Chlamydia often doesn't present with any noticeable symptoms yet it can render you infertile. For this reason, it is such a devastating disease. If caught early on, the disease is treatable and there it is unlikely that there will be any lasting effects. This relies on you to be vigilant and seeking medical attention at any early stage. Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs, and because of its silent nature many people are unknowingly affected by the disease.
Herpes is a common disease. It can be painful and distressing for both men and women . Essentially, it is a viral infection and thus antiviral treatment is needed to combat the virus. Herpes is a disease which can have misleading symptoms that are often mistaken for skin conditions. Because of this, many people who carry the virus are unaware of it.
When symptoms do present, a few blisters around the genitals or mouth may be seen and these can break to leave painful sores. These outbreaks may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Although there is no absolute cure for genital herpes, anti-viral treatments can significantly shorten the length of outbreaks or prevent them from occurring altogether.
Gonorrhea is another STD who is often silent and symptom less. But when the symptoms do occur, they can be described as a burning sensation when urinating, discharge from the vagina or penis, anal itching and painful bowel movements. It is possible to stop the infection but it is not possible to undo any permanent damage caused by the disease, including infertility.
How To Self-Collect A Vaginal Swab Sample:
Preparing for sample collection:
Wash Hands prior to collection.
Undress to expose the vaginal area.
Put Yourself in a comfortable position.
Remove the Collection Tube and one swab from the Collection kit.
Discard the second swab.
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The NEWEST STI Multiplex PCR test is the most sensitive test for screening for the following 11 common STIs and is NOW AVAILABLE here at MedConsult Clinic!
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is an advanced modern technology used in the detection of different or multiple pathogenic organisms in the same sample.
The following 11 STIs are tested from a simple urine collection, genital, throat or anal swab.
☑️Chlamydia trachomatis (A-K0)
☑️Chlamydia trachomatis (L1-L3)
☑️Herpes simplex virus 1
☑️Herpes simplex virus 2
☑️Ureaplama urealyticum/ parvum
This test will provide you with a definitive positive/ negative result for the above listed 11 common STIs.
Tests are most accurate 2 weeks after potential exposure.
HIV Prevention: PrEP and PEP
Discuss your options with MedConsult Clinic. Explain your interest in PrEP and remember, we are here to help you and provide the best practices for your total life health.
Just one pill per day can help protect you and the people you love from HIV transmission.
PrEP is more than 90% effective at reducing the risk of getting HIV when taken as directed. Finding out if PrEP is right for you is as simple as a phone call or doctor’s visit.
Stop HIV... PreP Now!
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily HIV prevention pill that allows you to take control of your sexual health and wellness. PrEP is intended for people who are HIV negative and is recommended for those with potential exposure to HIV.
PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) is when a person takes antiretroviral medication after potential exposure to HIV in order to prevent infection.
STD Rapid Tests Available
Get Your Results in Minutes with STD Rapid Tests! Rapid STD tests either at home or in our clinic have been designed to save your time, effort, and stress in screening for sexually transmitted infection.
You get the results in minutes instead of days. If the results are positive and you do have an STD, you can get treatment right away instead of having to come back to receive a prescription.
Fast, Private & Affordable Home Lab Testing!
Medical laboratory testing is one of the most effective and proven methods for preventing and detecting disease.
We offer a wide variety of STD testing including for Chlamydia/Gonorrhea, STI Multiplex, Urine Analysis, HIV Tests, Syphilis test and many more!
The kit you receive includes everything you need to collect a sample that you’ll then send back to us thru our collection messenger service a for testing and diagnosis. If the kit requires a blood sample, you’ll find lancets in the kit to prick your finger to drop a few blood drops onto the designated spots on the collection card.
The lab will process your sample once it arrives. To make sure your sample receives the highest-quality lab testing. Once the lab receives your sample, you’ll receive your results within 5 business days (in general). Before your results are released, our doctor or nurses that specialize in lab testing follow-ups – will review your results.
MedConsult offers testing in your hands – on your time and on your terms – we are with you all the way.