NeatClub concept could help singles on the dating scene stay safe
The invention of Tinder has left many of its users exposed to STDs, but it looks like there’s an app on the way to combat the issue. It’s only in the concept phase, but NeatClub will be able to pull in a user’s STD testing history and display it to their prospective sexual partners.
The apps name is derived from the way in which it functions. If a person is STD free they will show as a “neat” glass of whisky. If they have any mixture of STDs their glass will have different props in it, such as an olive for chlamydia or a slice of lemon for HIV.
Users will have to be tested every four months in order for their results to show and remain valid. If a user has treatment for an STD they will be able to update their profile when they are given the all clear.
It’s not certain at this stage how the app will be able to verify medical information or whether it will be rolled out in the UK. That said, Your Sexual Health’s Dr Rashid Bani believes the app is a great way to ensure those on the dating scene don’t catch sexually transmitted infections.
“There are a number of questions about how the app will work, but the concept is great as it will reduce the risk of STDs spreading and increase testing rates,” Dr Bani said. “Nonetheless, anyone who has multiple sexual partners should always wear protection to ensure they don’t catch STDs.”
There’s no timeline on when the app will be created, but it should change the way that people share their sexual health information for the better. In the meantime it’s important that you are tested regularly for STDs if you’ve had multiple sexual partners since your last test.
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Your Sexual Health offer a range of privates STD tests that are available anywhere in the UK. We operate in clinics or from our home visits or postal service to offer accurate laboratory tested results in a confidential and convenient manner.
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According to the University of Huddersfield, men are more reluctant to visit their local GUM clinic than women. The Yorkshire university conducted a survey which found that many of their male students were either too embarrassed to visit the student clinic or weren’t fully aware of the widespread threat from STIs.
According to research carried out by New Scientist magazine it is getting harder to access sexual health services in the UK. A large number of genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics failed to meet government standards for seeing patients who were exhibiting symptoms of STDs leaving the potential for people going undiagnosed.
Government guidelines state that 98% of people should receive an appointment within 48 hours of contacting a clinic. But when researchers pretending to have symptoms attempted to book appointments, less than 91% of them were seen within the two day window. In 2014 the figure was 95%, showing that NHS STD testing is further failing to meet the needs of patients.
The government is making sex and relationship education compulsory in all schools across England. The classes will start with lessons about safe and healthy relationships for children aged four and up before teaching about the practice of safe-sex at an older more appropriate age.
Currently academies and free schools are not bound by the same obligations of local authority schools and therefore some do not teach these vital life lessons. The new rule will mean that all schools will now have to follow the curriculum on this particular subject, however parents can still opt out.
Sex education important
The new framework will mean that all students are aware of the precautions that need to be taken to ensure safe sex. Your Sexual Health’s Dr Rashid Bani believes that these new lessons will make more people aware of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections and in the long run it will reduce prevalence.
“Educating children at a younger age will only be a good thing,” said Dr Bani. “By ensuring that every child knows about the risks of unprotected sex it will reduce the spread of STDs for generations to come.”
As well as educating about avoiding STDs, Dr Bani also believes that it is important to emphasise the importance of taking regular STD tests. He said: “Getting an STD is one thing, but it is also important for young children growing up to understand the importance of receiving regular STD tests.”
“There can sometimes be a lot of embarrassment around receiving STD tests, but by educating children in a way that removes this embarrassment schools can reduce the spread of STDs and improve testing rates for generations to come.”
Confidential private STD testing
Here at Your Sexual Health we offer a range of private STD tests that allow patients to get tested in a way that is most comfortable to them. We have a range of clinics located across the country, whilst our home visits and postal tests mean that patients can now deposit samples at a private location.
“STDs continue to be a public health issue across Britain and anything that helps educate about their dangers is a good thing,” said Dr Bani. “It’s important that whatever age, people are receiving the tests they need. Our service allows people to receive confidential private STD tests in a setting that is comfortable for them.”
A leading medical university in the US has found that cocaine users are more likely to have sexually transmitted infections than non-users. Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine found that the drug brought on a “sexual impatience” which reduces the likelihood that those under the influence would use a condom.
Book a 100% confidential private HIV test with Your Sexual Health
Saturday marked the start of National HIV Testing Week (NHTW), an awareness drive started by sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and HIV Prevention England. The event is aimed at promoting the need for HIV testing to gay and bisexual men, and black African men and women – a combined group of people who make up 70% of those living with HIV in the UK.
It is thought that one in six people in the UK are HIV positive and have no knowledge that they have the condition. At Your Sexual Health we regularly come into contact with patients who are too embarrassed to visit their local sexual health clinic for fear that they may see someone they know. Luckily our service offers an alternative that is 100% confidential and leaves no trace on your health record. Continue reading
Get accurate and confidential STI testing in the capital
Are you looking for confidential and convenient STD tests in the capital? Your Sexual Health have extended their range of private STI clinics in London. New additions include a clinic near Liverpool Street station and a new Essex clinic in South Woodford. This takes the total number of private STI clinics in London to five, whilst we also have a location north of the capital in Watford. This blog will make it easier for you to find the clinic that’s easiest for you.
Our Private STI Clinics – London
All of our private STI clinics in London offer a 100% confidential testing service for a range of conditions including HIV and chlamydia. Our appointment service means that your wait times are minimised, in contrast to NHS walk-in clinics which are often busy. Find out more about these clinics below or book a private STD test today.
London – Regents Park
Our Regent’s Park clinic is located on Devonshire Street, just 5 minutes’ walk away from Regent’s Park tube station in the Marylebone area of London. Pay and display roadside parking is also available for those driving in the city.
London – Canary Wharf
Our Canary Wharf STD clinic is ideal for those working in the city of London. The clinic is in a discreet location by the South Dock in the shadows of Canada square. Nearby transport links include South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf tube station.
London – Wimpole Street
The private STI clinic on Wimpole Street is located just a short walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which makes it ideal for many people working or living in central London. Road side parking is also available outside the clinic for those arriving by car.
London – Victoria Avenue
Victoria Avenue is one of our most recent clinic additions and is located near Liverpool Street Station making it extremely convenient for nearby residents and people who work nearby. Its close proximity to the station also makes it ideal for anyone who commutes to the capital via Liverpool Street.
London – Essex
Located in South Woolford, our Essex clinic is easily accessible by the London Underground network with the nearest station being South Woodford. There is also roadside parking, whilst its location North of London makes it easier to access by car that many of our other private STI clinics in London.
Our Watford clinic is easily accessible for patients living the north of London and is more easily accessible that our city centre clinics. The clinic is located on St Albans Road, with roadside parking available for those arriving by car.
Book your appointment today
You can find out more about all of our private STI clinics in London and across the UK by visiting the clinic pages. To find out more about the tests on offer browse our site or contact us today on 0161 6602599.
More people could turn to private STI clinics to get the answers they need
Experts are predicting that the UK is heading towards a “sexual health crisis” due to public sector cuts to STI testing services. With STD clinic waiting times expected to go up and longer turnaround times to be expected, private STD testing services like Your Sexual Health are now the best option for patients who need test results fast.