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Testing for STIs with Confidante At Home Testing Kit

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another typically through unprotected sex or genital contact.1 Some of the most common STIs are Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Herpes, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Viral Hepatitis. Over one million STIs are acquired every day worldwide.2

Not all STIs cause noticeable symptoms. You could have an STI and not know. Therefore it is essential to get regular health checks. Some STIs, like chlamydia, can be asymptomatic – i.e. they display no symptoms but can cause long-term complications like infertility.3

STI symptoms in women

  • yellow or green vaginal discharge
  • smelly discharge (often fish-like)
  • bleeding between periods
  • bleeding after sex
  • pain during sex

STI symptoms in men

  • discharge from penis tip
  • irritation of the urethra
  • swollen testicles

STI symptoms in both genders

  • pain when urinating
  • itching, burning or tingling around the genitals
  • blisters, sores, lumps or a rash around genitals or anus

Confidante At-Home STI Testing Kit

If you have recently entered a new relationship, experienced unprotected sex or are planning a family you should get tested for STIs, and may want to avail of our 10-plex STI test.

We offer a home testing sexually transmitted infection kit called ‘Confidante’ which enables you to be tested for 10 of the most common STIs. Confidante is designed to ensure a simple, hassle-free process where you will receive your results in 7 working days of posting your sample via email or telephone.

The process is straightforward and so simple: Buy Online / Register Kit Online / Collect Sample / Post / Receive Results.

For healthcare professionals, we also offer a Multiplex Sexually Transmitted Infection Array allowing you to outsource samples for STI testing. The CE-marked STI Array provides excellent precision, specificity, sensitivity and accuracy for STI diagnoses, which reduces the risk of false reporting and unnecessary confirmatory tests. Our simultaneous multiplex testing means smaller sample volumes are required, enabling faster throughput and rapid patient diagnosis saving you time and money.

STI Multiplex Array detects the following;

  • Chlamydia Trachomatis
  • Neisseria Gonorrhoea
  • Herpes Simplex 1
  • Herpes Simplex 2
  • Treponema Pallidum
  • Mycoplasma Hominis
  • Ureaplasma Urealticum
  • Mycoplasma Genitalium
  • Haemophilius Ducreyi
  • Trichomonas Vaginalis

Randox Clinical Laboratory Services

Tests for each of the STIs detailed above are run in Randox Clinical Laboratory Services (RCLS). RCLS is built upon Randox’s 35 years of experience and provides a clinical laboratory service designed to meet the time-sensitive, bespoke requirements of clinical and research projects globally.

We have four state-of-the-art ISO 17025-accredited central laboratory with unrivalled facilities across the UK. They are situated in Liverpool, London, Holywood and Randox Science Park Antrim. Within each of the locations there are a team of experienced scientists to support your project while you save money, time and labour.

There are a variety of analyser platforms available across the RCLS laboratories including the RX series of clinical chemistry analysers, along with our Evidence Series of multiplex immunoassay/molecular diagnostic systems, which utilise our intelligent Biochip Array Technology.  Each site also offers alternative third-party analysers.

To find out more information about Confidante sexual health testing, or RCLS, visit: https://www.confidantetest.com/ or email info@rcls.com. To find out more information about our STI Array visit: https://www.randox.com/sti-array/ or email info@rcls.com

  1. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/sexual-and-reproductive/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis
  2. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/sexually-transmitted-infections-(stis)
  3. https://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com/uk/info/sexual-health-information/what-is-a-sti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Raising awareness of sexual health on National STIQ Day

National STIQ Day

National STIQ day was introduced in 2010 and every year since then the 14th of January has been dedicated to raising awareness for STIQ.  The purpose is to emphasize the importance of sexual health and to encourage everyone to get regular health checks.

Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) are infections passed from one person to another through unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sex, or genital contact.

Lack of symptoms

More and more people in the UK are catching STIs and each year the infection rate is rising. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1 million STIs are acquired every day and the majority of these STIs have no symptoms.1 Therefore you could have an STI and not be aware. 70% of women and 50% of men show no symptoms after contracting Chlamydia which is the most common STI condition in the UK.

Even though the majority of the time symptoms of STIs aren’t visible, there can be signs of having an STI, including unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or anus, pain when peeing, lumps or skin growth around the genitals, a rash, unusual bleeding, itchiness or blisters around the genitals.3

What to do when you catch an STI

Anyone can catch an STI regardless of what age you are, your sexuality or how many sexual partners you have, as it only takes one sexual encounter to put you at the risk of catching an STI. A shocking fact from Public Health England shows that a case of chlamydia or gonorrhea is diagnosed in a young person every 4 minutes in England, and over 144,000 diagnoses of these sexually transmitted infections are seen in people aged 15 to 24 in 2017. 4

It is extremely important to get routinely tested. The earlier the diagnosis is made and treated the less chance of having long-term effects including infertility.

Randox Biosciences 10-plex STI test

Randox Biosciences would like to take the opportunity to support STIQ day by offering our CE marked 10-plex STI test, a cost-effective solution for accurate STI testing. This test detects the following 10 infections simultaneously from a single patient urine sample.

  • Neisseria gonorrhoea (NG)
  • Mycoplasma genitalium (MG)
  • Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU)
  • Chlamydia trachomatis (CT)
  • Trichomonas vaginalis (TV)
  • Haemophilus ducreyi (HD)
  • Mycoplasma hominis (MH)
  • Treponema pallidum (TP)
  • Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1)
  • Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2)

Does your laboratory or clinic carry out STI testing? Our molecular analyser, the Bosch Vivalytic, powered by our award winning Biochip Array Technology, could be the diagnostic solution.

For more information about our STI Arrays or Vivalytic email: info@randoxbiosciences.com

  1. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/sexually-transmitted-infections-(stis)
  2. http://www.national-awareness-days.com/stiq-day/
  3. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/an-sti-is-diagnosed-in-a-young-person-every-4-minutes-in-england
  4. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/

 

 

 


RCLS – Tackling the Increase of Gonorrhoea and Syphilis

A report published by Public Health England (PHE) reveals that there was 7,137 diagnoses of syphilis reported in 2017, a 20% increase compared to 2016 and 44,676 diagnoses of gonorrhoea reported in 2017, a 22% increase compared to 2016.1

Overall, there were 422,147 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England during 2017.

To help with the increase of STI testing, Randox Clinical Laboratory Services offer a multiplex Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) test kit allowing your clinic, laboratory or GP practice to outsource sample STI testing.

Our STI array is the broadest IVD multiplex array on the market simultaneously detecting 10 infections due to our patented and intelligent Biochip Array Technology which utilises multiplex testing methodology in a rapid and accurate format. These 10 bacterial, viral and protozoan infections consist of:

·        Chlamydia ·        Trichomonas Vaginalis
·        Gonorrhoea ·        Mycoplasma Hominis
·        Syphilis ·        Mycoplasma Genitalium
·        Herpes Simplex 1 ·        Ureaplasma Urealyticum
·        Herpes Simplex 2 ·        Chancroid

 

The type of sample which should be sent to our Randox Clinical Laboratory Service lab is determined by the visibility of the patient’s symptoms.

Non-visible symptoms – urine sample required

Visible symptoms – swab sample required

The process of sending samples to RCLS is simple and easy to follow. Our project management teams incorporate a wealth of knowledge and are available accordingly, providing support and guidance. This enables support to be available from your initial enquiry through to the shipment of the samples. As a result we are always delivering to your project aims and timelines.

RCLS currently has four state of the art, fully functional ISO12025 accredited laboratories across the UK. They are situated in Liverpool, London and two in Northern Ireland, Hollywood and Randox Science Park in Antrim.

Overall, by utilising Randox Clinical Laboratory Services you can save your laboratory time and money. Due to our multiplex panels we offer a cost effective, labour saving and time reducing solutions for your STI testing. Providing your laboratory with the best solution to outsource your samples.

Contact us at info@rcls.com to find out more information about RCLS and our STI testing service.

Sources
1 – Public Health England

 

 

 


Randox Clinical Laboratory Services: Your STI Outsourcing Solution

Have you heard about our latest offering? Randox Clinical Laboratory Services now offers a multiplex Sexually Transmitted Infection Array testing service allowing your clinic, laboratory or GP practice to outsource sample STI testing.

Our STI array is the broadest multiplex test on the market, simultaneously detecting 10 bacterial, viral and protozoan infections. It consists of  the following most common STIs, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Herpes Simplex I, Herpes Simplex II, Trichomonas Vaginalis, Mycoplasma Hominis, Mycoplasma Genitalium, Ureaplasma Urealyticum and Chancroid. This simultaneous detection is made possible by our patented and innovative Biochip Array Technology which utilises multiplex testing methodology in a rapid and accurate format.

There are many benefits to outsourcing your STI samples with RCLS, which include:

  • CE-marked
  • ISO17025 Accredited Laboratories
  • Excellent precision, specificity, sensitivity and accuracy for STI diagnosis
  • Reduced risk of false reporting and a reduced number of unnecessary confirmatory tests
  • Smaller sample volumes are required, enabling faster throughput and rapid patient diagnosis

The type of sample which should be sent to our RCLS lab is determined by the visibility of the patient’s symptoms.

Non-visible symptoms – urine sample required.

Visible symptoms – swab sample required.

The process for sending STI samples to Randox Clinical Laboratory Services is simple and easy to follow. Georgia Roberts, our RCLS representative will guide you through the process from your initial enquiry to pricing and shipment of samples.

All RCLS laboratories utilise our world class clinical chemistry analysers, the RX Series, along with our multiplex immunoassay analysers, the Evidence Series. We also perform sample testing on numerous third party analysers situated in our laboratories dependent upon the testing which is required by the customer.

RCLS incorporates multiple laboratories across the United Kingdom including our state-of-the-art facility in Antrim, as well as further laboratories in Belfast, Liverpool and London. RCLS is ever expanding with plans to open another facility in Los Angeles.

Overall, by utilising Randox Clinical Laboratory Services you can save your laboratory time and money. Due to our multiplex panels we offer a cost effective, labour saving and time reducing solutions for your STI testing. Providing your laboratory with the best solution to outsource your samples.

If you would like to find out more information about RCLS and what it has to offer contact info@rcls.com

 

 

 


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