With Valentine’s Day approaching, the Royal United Hospital’s Sexual Health Service in Bath is encouraging people across the local area to get tested for free for HIV and other STIs.
There is a free walk-in session on Saturday 16th February at The Riverside Clinic, James Street West, Bath.
Anyone aged 18 or over with no symptoms who would like to be tested for HIV and other STIs is being encouraged to go along between 9.15am -12.00pm.
Dr Kate Horn, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, said: “Our team are all very friendly and easy to talk to. We pride ourselves on our non-judgemental, confidential service.
“A routine check-up for STIs is free, quick and very straightforward. Think of it as an ‘MOT’! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 16th February.”
Not everybody with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) shows signs or symptoms of the infection. If left untreated, STIs may result in serious and difficult-to-treat complications.
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI diagnosed in England, accounting for 46.1% of all STIs diagnosed in 2015.
About 70% of infected females and 50% of males will not have any obvious signs or symptoms or they may be so mild they are not noticed.
Dr Horn added: “Getting tested routinely allows for early diagnosis and treatment which reduces the likelihood of complications.”
You can read more information here: http://www.ruh.nhs.uk/sexualhealth.