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Fewer People Getting Sexual Health Checks

STIs and sexual health checks

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) have been around for as long as sex itself has. However, perhaps the biggest threat for sexual health isn't the STI's themselves, but the heavy taboo that society has placed upon human sexuality. Youger generations are more loose on this matter, but the general feeling that the detailes about one's sex life must remain a secret is still present among everybody. Not to mention elder people, who are by far more used to sex being an absolutely prohibited matter, outside of all casual conversation - and even conversations with professionals of health.

There is a strong negative image on sexually transmitted infections, not because of the fact that they harm people's health, but because they are associated with questionable sexual morals. Inversely, getting checked for sexual diseases is embarrassing for many people, and this discourages most of them from going to a clinic.

This is an obstacle for global health, as sexually active people should get periodical screening on STI's, especially if they have ocasional sex and/or several sexual partners. Nowadays, people - especially young ones - are encouraged to give sexual freedom a chance, and dare to experiment and try new things in order to learn about themselves and have many pleasurable experiences without the tight restrictions of old moral codes. This pairs poorly with the lingering taboo on sex, because people are starting to have new experiences which they don't feel comfortable to discuss with health professionals. Hence, the increased risk of catching an STI and not getting diagnosed and treated to get rid of it. 

People who have an STI are usually not aware of if, as most are asymptomatic. Remaining untreated for an STI is dangerous, not only because the condition can worsen and affect your own health - in example, causing infertility or even spreading until it kills you -, but also because you can pass it to your sexual partners, especially if you have unprotected sex. 

A healthier sexual lifestyle

Everyone should have the chance to enjoy sex safely, and for that some advice on staying safe is always necesary. That advice must include information about STI's and sexual health screenings. Fewer women testing for Chlamydia show that there isn't currently enough action from the public sector aimed to improve sexual health among population that actually shows effectiveness. A cultual change is on the way, opening freedom on these matters for everyone, but as we are in a period of transitions, prior values and schemes of thought are still present and heavy on people's psychology.

There are two main reasons why most people don't get enough sex health screenings. One of them is the misconception that they are out of significant risk. These screenings should be performed on a regular basis, especially if you have multiple sexual partners, have recently changed your sexual partner, or want to have unprotected sex. People must know that most STI's are asymptomatic, which means that you can have them in your system and still be unaware of it because you feel just fine. However, the fact that they are asymptomatic doesn't meant they aren't dangerous or that you can't pass them to your sexual partners. Getting tested is an act of responsibility, for yourself and for others.

The second reason why most people don't get screenings is that they don't want to be seen doing it. There is a generalized sense of embarrassment about STI's and testings, especially for elder people, who don't want to be seen entering a sexual health clinic. Some people don't feel comfortable talking to a doctor about their sexual habits and details. Plus, they don't want to wait forever in a hospital or get an appointment at least one month in advance.

Can online clinics help?

As a study shows, 68% of people were more likely to have an STI test if it was available online. How does this work? It's very simple. You register on an online clinic that is run by doctors and pharmacists. They will send you via mail a screening kit that you can use to perform the screening on yourself in the privacy of your home. Men give a urine sample, while women can choose between a urine sample and a vaginal swab. You pack everything up, send it back through the post, and you have the results available online the next day with absolute confidenciality. If you turn out possitive for an infection, treatment is available through this online clinic so you can get rid of it. STI's are usually treatable through a few dosis of antibiotics, which will be prescribed by the pharmacists of the online clinic. For this reason, you should check that the clinic offers prescriptions - remember that not all of them do it.


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