10th June 2020
Lockdown is once in a lifetime opportunity for STI and HIV testing
Self-isolation has meant a huge change in a lot of people's sex lives but experts believe the fact we're not hooking up is a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to drive down sexually transmitted infections permanently.
They say taking STI tests at home while in lockdown could be "a game changer".
That's because people who are following lockdown rules aren't having sex with new people and passing on infections.
"If we could test and treat everybody for their infections now, that would be a game-changer going forward as people slowly move towards normality," Dr John McSorley, a sexual health doctor and president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (Bashh), tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
He - and other sexual health professionals - want people to get tested now, even if they have no symptoms.
Free and confidential online testing for STIs and HIV is available through YorSexualHealth for any resident of York or North Yorkshire .
If you have never had a test or have had a new sexual partner since your last test, we recommend that you order a postal test kit now. Chlamydia is the most common STI and often has no symptoms and is recommended for everyone. Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis are less common but testing for these infections is recommended for those who are at a higher risk
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