Broadgate Clinic London Wall discuss STI Testing Home DIY Kits – the pros & cons

Should you use a professional sexual health screening services, or are STI Testing Home DIY Kits a suitable alternative? As one of the foremost private STI clinics here in London, Broadgate Clinic London Wall examine the pros and cons of both routes.

With the many advances in modern medical science, it is now possible to buy a range of STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Home DIY kits over the counter from many High Street pharmacies. But the questions you should be asking yourself before you decide to purchase one include:

How accurate are STI Testing Home DIY kits?
What advantage (if any) does self testing have, over tests carried out at an appropriate medical facility, and tested at a recognised test centre?

The Pros – Why do most people use STI Testing Home DIY Kits?

The fact of the matter is that most of the people, who elect to go down the route of using STI Testing Home DIY kits, do it for 2 main reasons.

  • They prefer the perceived anonymity of self-testing
  • They like to act immediately once they have made their minds up, and not be forced to wait for the next available appointment

Another reason that many people go down the DIY route is the general reluctance that most people exhibit when it comes down to going to a public sexual health clinic. Although these GUM clinics are not as bad as many people perceive them to be, there is still that somewhat “tainted“feeling of having to use one.

This reticence to use GUM clinics, is one of the reasons that they many of those who feel uneasy, prefer instead to use the private STI clinic in London city of Broadgate Clinic London Wall. There is also the fact that we provide a walk-in service, whereby it is not necessary to have to make a prior appointment.

Although NHS GUM clinics provide a free service, the reluctance we referred to in the above paragraph often overcomes attraction of a free diagnosis. Some people would rather pay for STI Testing Home DIY Kits over the counter at a High Street pharmacy or undergo a bespoke test here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. Depending on the type of test kit, and where it is bought; prices start at around £19 per kit, and go up as high as £130 per kit.

The cons of using STI Testing Home DIY Kits

The single largest disadvantage with using STI Testing Home DIY Kits is the fact that they are not 100% conclusive; neither are they as reliable as having a bespoke test carried out by a skilled physician in a GUM clinic, or a private sexual health screening services facility like Broadgate Clinic London Wall. If you do decide to pursue the DIY option, the first thing you must do when choosing which kit to purchase, is to ensure that the kit you choose carries a CE safety mark. Please note however, that this does not mean that the test is 100% reliable. It should however, (providing that it is within its sell-by date, and that the packaging is unbroken), be safe to use.

Another potential disadvantage with using STI Testing Home DIY Kits is that you do so under your own supervision. If you attend a private sexual health screening services facility like Broadgate Clinic London Wall, the professional clinician who administers the test will first check that you are not under any medications, or that you are not suffering from any illness of condition that might nullify the results of the test.

The sensitivity and specificity of STI Testing Home DIY Kits

When buying STI Testing Home DIY Kits you also need to take note of two certain elements; the test kit’s sensitivity, and the test kit’s specificity.

Sensitivity refers to the portion of people that can be correctly identified as having a particular disease by use of the test kit.

Specificity refers to the proportion of people who do not have a specific disease that can be correctly identified as indeed not having that specific disease according to the test.

Figures for both sensitivity and specificity are usually given as a percentage.

The importance of acting quickly

The single most important thing if you feel you may have been exposed to an STI is to get tested quickly, whatever route you choose to go down. In some geographical areas, men and women under the age of 25 can obtain a free NHS testing kit for Chlamydia. Such tests usually involve taking a saliva or bloodspot sample and sending it off to an appropriate laboratory for testing.

The pros of using the sexual health screening services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall

The advantages of using Broadgate’s private sexual health screening services here in the heart of London are many and varied. They include:

  • The speed and accuracy of all of our STI tests
  • The confidentiality and discretion that comes from using one of London’s foremost private sexual health screening clinics.
  • A walkin clinic London without the need for prior appointment
  • Sexual health advice from our professional clinicians
  • Prices starting from £30

Call in at our Walkin Clinic London today

Getting screened and treated speedily, at your convenience, and in discreet and confidential surroundings that put you at your ease, is what we are about here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STI, call in today to our walk-in sexual health screening services facility here in the heart of London