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One night stand? Stop overthinking – make sure you are risk free!
By Zane Umbraska 2 years ago 28113 Views No comments

One night stand? Stop overthinking – make sure you are risk free!

Morning after you wake up and realize its not your bed, he/she is not very familiar to you and you had unprotected sex. Situation that has happened to all of us. Tinder, Grinder, Bumble, Happn etc. (internet is full with apps that match people across the world with main reason to date the right one or to have one night stand) but what happens after date …

Unfortunately, you can’t rush to the clinic Monday morning after a Saturday night slip-up and expect accurate results, because the tests only work a few weeks after a potential inciden.This has to do with what the tests are looking for — most STI tests don’t actually look for the virus or parasite in your body; they are looking for the antibodies your immune system has made to fight the unwanted visitor. It takes a few days for your body to notice the STI and mount a response to fight back. Basically, it takes two weeks for a Gonorrhoea or Chlamydia test to turn up positive. Syphilis can take anywhere from one week to three months. You can test positive for HIV and Hepatitis B and C as soon as month after infection, but in certain cases it can take as minimum three months to show up.

Your unprotected sex experience doesn’t mean your life is over. You have control of your own health and you can take your first step – either doctor visit as soon as appointment is available or STI or HIV self test online purchase (yes indeed Internet!) thereby you wont miss your testing even you have Lag time (also called the “window period’ is an interval of time between two related phenomena such as a cause and its effect).  

In reality, most STIs are treatable—but still, getting a diagnosis is never easy. With rates of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis at record highs, it's more important than ever to educate yourself about what you might have to deal with one day.

Public Health England figures show there were 420,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in 2017, with cases of syphilis continuing to rise. The increase in syphilis follows a 10-year trend, with 78% of diagnoses in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

Scary statistics aside, the good news is that effective treatment, including medications that help manage genital herpes and HIV/AIDS, is available. The key to taking care of an STI is knowing when you have one. Know your risk factors, always use protection, and get educated on the symptoms. Plus, don't forget regular screenings as many STIs don't show any symptoms at first.

If you’re at all sexually active, getting tested for STIs is necessary—but that doesn't make it any less terrifying. None of us want to face the possibility that there is a chance to have infection after innocent event. But there's always a risk, no matter how buttoned up you are about using protection or how confident you feel about your partners health and lifestyle.

Its important to remember that no matter what your risk is, there is always the chance that you could have contracted an STI. In the study, roughly eight percent of low-risk women still tested positive.

Don’t wait for scary symptoms or next one night stand – be responsible today and change your habits. Make a new ones – test your self regularly.

Sarah has shared her experience: "I was with him for two years. We loved each other and trusted. He worked in diplomatic services and travelled a lot for work. We both trusted each other and knew we were clean before started to live together and moved to London. After long business trip in Asia he admitted that he had one night stand by mistake. I forgave knowing we all can make mistakes. I asked him to get tested before we sleep together again and he did. Test was positive on chlamydia (you can get chlamydia during oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has the infection). He was shocked!!! Being tested almost every quarter  due to his work he realized that this one innocent event was STI positive. We stayed together for few more months as friends but never had sex again. He was lucky enough to start treatment earlier without huge effort as at early phase but still emotionally he /me was scared and distanced”.

Keep in mind to avoid common thinking “It will never happen to me”:

1. Know How You Get An STI In The First Place

2. Use Protection

3. Set Up A Testing Schedule

It’s always a good idea to get tested routinely for STIs, and that’s even more the case if you’re sleeping with multiple people. Why? Because you’re potentially being exposed to more STIs, depending on if your lovers are carriers. Best practice is to get tested every six months. If you feel comfortable, tell your doctor about your lifestyle. Based on how many partners you have and how often you have new partners, she/he can help you set up a testing calendar for how often you should get tested. You can order tests online regularly by signing up for regular delivery.

4. Talk To Your Lover(s) About Contraception

5. Talk To Your Lover(s) About Sexually Transmitted Infections

6. Always Have Supplies On Hand

Read more on our STI self tests and order them now from comfort of your home: https://selfdiagnostics.com

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