Female Chlamydia home test now available
The scary part is that we could have an STD right now and not even know it, as some STD's have no symptoms to identify until much later into the infection cycle. And by then the damage may have already been done, so it's best to be safe rather than sorry.
Take Chlamydia, for example. Caused by the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis, this STD can be passed through vaginal and anal sex and, although less likely than the other two, oral sex.
Most men and women who contract Chlamydia have no symptoms, and the only way to find out if you have got Chlamydia is to get tested for it. If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to infertility or the very painful Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
The good news is that women can now test themselves for Chlamydia in the comfort of their own bathroom. I recently had a scare when I thought someone I'd slept with had Chlamydia, so I ordered the Female Chlamydia Test to make sure.
With an easy to use wand that looks for Chlamydia antibodies in the vagina, I had my results within 10 minutes of taking the test. I tested negative, but this experience has made me realise that I've been a bit reckless over the past few months and that I need to be more active in buying and using condoms with my lovers.
If you have tested positive for Chlamydia, you can get free information and advice from NHS Direct.