Taking care of your sexual health is an important part of having a fun, exciting and fulfilling sex life. According to a survey by fertility awareness app Kindara, 44% of men and 30% of women have never been tested for an STI, which is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your partner. Although there have been amazing advancements in sexual health, particularly around testing and treatment, education remains important if we are to protect ourselves and our partners from infections.
In 2015, diagnoses of STIs reduced, partly due to increased education and access to testing for vulnerable groups, such as young people. Diagnoses of infections such as Syphilis and Gonorrhoea increased, however, which is particularly concerning as some strains of these infections have become resistant to most or all antibiotic treatment. Using protection with new and casual partners, as well as regularly attending an STI clinic for testing, is essential in preventing the spread of STIs and stopping infections from becoming more difficult to treat. Access to testing and diagnosis is at an all-time high, and making use of these facilities is important in maintaining a healthy, satisfying sex life.
Presented in an easy to read infographic, we have collected the latest statistics on STIs in the UK. This includes information about groups that are most at risk from STIs, and the importance of seeking early diagnosis and treatment. STIs are often low risk when treated early, but can lead to long-term health problems and infertility if left untreated. From correct and consistent use of barrier contraception such as condoms , to regular testing, there are simple and effective ways to protect yourself and your sexual partners, ensuring that you can enjoy a sex life that is healthy, happy and worry free.
At Freedoms Shop, we stock a huge range of products to protect you from STIs and make sure you enjoy a healthy sex life. For our full range of condoms, home testing and home sampling kits visit the Freedoms Shop online.