23 Feb Confidante: What you don’t know
What do we test for?
Confidante Tests for 10 different STIs. Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Herpes 1 and 2 which everyone is familiar with as they’ve been well documented and publicised. So what about Trichomonas vaginalis, Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma genitalium, Ureaplasma urealyticum or Chancroid? Have you heard of these? The answer is possibly not. They are all STIs and all can have dangerous effects on your health. Below we’ll explain what each one is so you can improve your understanding of STIs.
Trichomonas vaginalis or Trichomoniasis is an STI that affects both men and women, though women are more likely to experience symptoms. It is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. It is also referred to as Trichomonas and is often shortened to ‘Trich’ or ‘TV’. More women than men are affected by trichomoniasis but diagnosis is often difficult as there are usually no symptoms.
Mycoplasma hominis is a common mollicute bacteria, present in almost all humans in the urinary tract. However, it can sometimes cause infection which is transmitted sexually. It is different from other STIs in that monogamous couples can suddenly experience mycoplasma hominis even after years of exclusivity. The symptoms of a Mycoplasma hominis infection are similar to many other STIs and the condition can often be mistaken for gonorrhoea or chlamydia. You can also have mycoplasma hominis and not experience any symptoms at all.
Mycoplasma genitalium is a lesser known STI but is very common. It has similarities to both chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Most infections of mycoplasma genitalium do not show any symptoms and therefore, it is difficult to know if you have it without being tested.
Ureaplasma urealyticum is very contagious and is commonly found in the genital flora of sexually active individuals. Ureaplasma urealyticum often has no symptoms and a large percentage of infected people never experience any problems at all. However, if left undetected and untreated, ureaplasma urealyticum can cause infertility.
Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the haemophilus ducreyi bacterium. Early signs of chancroid may be mistaken for syphilis, yet the sores will grow to a larger size and will be more painful. Although highly contagious, chancroid is easily treated.
Confidante avoids any embarrassing examinations, allowing you to take a test in the privacy of your own home. The Confidante test is made to be quick and easy to use, with no technical jargon, making it extremely convenient. If you want to read more about Confidante or buy a kit Today: visit here! or contact a member of our team today!