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What is an STD? Edit

80% of sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic (do not display any symptoms), however, if symptoms do occur, they are likely to present themselves within two weeks of infection. Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections may include:

  • Painful urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Rash on the genitals and/or anus
  • Itching or irritation on the genitals and/or anus
  • Unusual lumps or bumps around the genitals and/or anus
  • Change in colour of the male or female discharge
  • Abnormal discharge in terms of smell, consistency or volume
  • Strong vaginal odour
  • Painful erections

You should wait a minimum of 3 weeks from the time of sexual intercourse before taking your test. Sexually transmitted infections can take a period of time to become detectable, and you should wait to ensure an accurate result.

You should get tested if:

  • You have become sexually active
  • You have had unprotected sex
  • You are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
  • You are entering into a new sexual relationship
  • You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected (STIs can remain dormant for years or take up to three weeks to become detectable.)

You can order an STD testing kit by clicking here.

How can I get an STD test online? Edit

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

We offer tests for the following STDs:

Chlamydia
Gonorrhoea
Trichomoniasis
HIV
Syphilis
Gardnerella
Mycoplasma
Ureaplasma
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
Herpes Simplex Virus I & II

All home testing kits are shipped within 24 hours.

What is Chlamydia? Edit

Chlamydia is the most common and curable sexually transmitted infection in the world, it is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.

Chlamydia is treated with a course of antibiotics which can be taken orally (by mouth). If a person tests positive for chlamydia, LetsGetChecked can provide a prescription for the appropriate antibiotics.

A person with chlamydia must abstain from sexual intercourse until the infection has cleared. Any sexual contacts who may have been exposed to the infection should be advised to get tested.

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

You can order your Chlamydia testing kit by clicking here.

How do I get a Chlamydia test online? Edit

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home health testing for women and men, with online results in a matter of days that can be discussed with one of our doctors.

Click here to order your Chlamydia test online.

What is Gonorrhea? Edit

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is transmitted through sexual contact and most commonly causes a yellowish discharge in men and is asymptomatic in women.

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

You can order your Gonorrhea testing kit by clicking here.

What is HIV? Edit

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a blood-borne virus that can be passed on through unprotected anal or vaginal sex and sharing HIV contaminated syringes. HIV attacks immune cells and can develop into AIDs in the later stages.

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

You can order your HIV testing kit by clicking here.

What is Hepatitis B? Edit

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can lead to long-term issues with the liver, if left untreated. It is most often transmitted through the sharing of needles, the receiving of infected blood products, or unprotected sex.

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

You can order a Hepatitis B testing kit by clicking here.

What is Syphilis? Edit

Syphilis is a chronic bacterial infection by the bacterium Treponema Pallidum and is transmitted through sexual contact. If left undiagnosed and untreated, syphilis can eventually cause damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints.

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

You can order your Syphilis testing kit by clicking here.

What is a Bowel Cancer Screening Test? Edit

A home bowel cancer screening test can help identify the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the bowel by detecting blood that is invisible to the naked eye. This test detects human haemoglobin in the stool and so other sources of blood, such as from your diet will not cause a positive result.

Bowel cancer will often present no symptoms.

If you have already noted blood in the stool, or any other symptoms listed, you should talk to your doctor.

Symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • Blood in your stool
  • A change in bowel habits (diarrhoea, constipation or loose stools)
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained pain in the abdomen
  • Weakness and fatigue

The purpose of this test is to identify the presence of blood in the stool, which may be invisible to the naked eye. If you have already noted blood in the stool, or any other symptoms listed previously, you should talk to your doctor.

The American Cancer Society recommend that you start regular screening at the age of 45, or younger if you have a family history of bowel cancer.

You can also consider getting tested if:

  • you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms
  • you have a history of adenomas (benign tumors)
  • you have inflammatory bowel disease* (which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • you have an inherited syndrome (e.g. Lynch syndrome/HNPCC or FAP)
  • you have type 2 diabetes
  • you have undergone radiation therapy

*Those with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are at an increased risk of developing bowel cancer. If you have IBD your result may also be positive due to bleeding and inflammation in your bowel.

You can order your Bowel Cancer screening test online by clicking here.

How can I test my Cholesterol? Edit

A cholesterol test can indicate your risk of developing cardiovascular (heart) disease by looking at the amount of fat in your blood. Raised cholesterol levels can result in serious conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Early detection will provide for better clinical outcomes and allow you to make positive lifestyle changes.

Biomarkers covered:

  • Total Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol
  • HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein)
  • LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein)
  • HDL % of Total Cholesterol

Anyone can take a test to understand and monitor their cardiovascular health.

You should also consider taking a test if:

  • You have a strong family history of heart disease
  • You have a first-degree relative who has suffered a heart attack, cardiac stents, a stroke or has undergone bypass surgery
  • You are overweight or obese
  • You drink alcohol and smoke frequently
  • You lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • You suffer from diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome or an under-active thyroid gland

The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.

You can order a Cholesterol testing kit by clicking here.

What is Coeliac Disease? Edit

1% of the world population suffers from Coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system believes that gluten is a threat.

There are many symptoms of Coeliac disease however the main symptoms include:

  • severe bloating
  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • arthritis
  • osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss)
  • liver and biliary tract disorders
  • depression or anxiety
  • peripheral neuropathy (tingling and/or numbness or pain in the hands and feet)
  • seizures and migraines
  • missed menstrual periods
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • canker sores inside the mouth
  • dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy skin rash)

You should take the Coeliac Test if you experience unpleasant symptoms after eating products that contain wheat, rye, barley, and oats. The test must be taken following six weeks of a gluten-containing diet to ensure accurate results.

You should take the test if:

  • you are experiencing digestive discomfort for over two week
  • you have had diarrhea for over two weeks
  • you have thyroid issues
  • you have type 1 diabetes
  • you have Turner syndrome
  • you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis
  • you suffer from colitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the bowel)

The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.

Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG)

Tissue Transglutaminase is an enzyme that repairs damage in the body. Low levels of transglutaminase tissue in the blood are indicative of Coeliac disease. The harmful antibodies in their place are known as anti-tissue transglutaminase.

Endomysial Antibodies (EMA)

When the body perceives that it is under attack, it produces endomysial antibodies (EMA). These auto-antibodies cause intestinal swelling and prevent nutrient absorption into the blood. High levels of endomysial antibodies indicate that you have Coeliac disease.

You can order a Coeliac test online by clicking here.

What is a Cortisol Test? Edit

Cortisol stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline causing the “fight or flight” physical response in humans. 

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is released by the adrenal gland in response to stress or low blood glucose. It is responsible for controlling the body’s blood sugar levels, regulating metabolism, acting as an anti-inflammatory, influencing memory formation, controlling salt and water balance, influencing blood pressure and helping the development of a fetus in pregnant women.

Symptoms of Unbalanced Cortisol may include:

  • Severe fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bone loss and weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased libido
  • Decreased fertility
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Irregular periods
  • Low blood sugar
  • Diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting

A cortisol test checks your cortisol production levels indicating if the levels in your blood are too high or too low. If your cortisol levels are too high, you may develop Cushing syndrome (too much cortisol) or Addison’s disease (too little cortisol.)

You should take a test if:

  • you constantly feel run down
  • you are body-building competitively
  • you are presenting with symptoms of Cushing syndrome
  • you have Cushing syndrome
  • you are presenting with symptoms of Addison’s disease
  • you have Addison’s disease
  • you take or have been taking testosterone

The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.

You can order a cortisol test by clicking here.

What is a CRP test? Edit

The presence of C-reactive Protein can indicate chronic inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or vasculitis, autoimmune disorders or coronary heart disease.

There are no physical symptoms associated with an elevated C-reactive protein level as it is not a specific test. The test should be taken as a risk assessment for underlying inflammatory diseases. C-reactive Protein (CRP) is a blood marker used to detect inflammation in the body which is indicative of other conditions or infections and can identify deterioration or damage that you may not be aware of.

You can order a CRP testing kit by clicking here.

What is Diabetes? Edit

The home diabetes test for HbA1c can help identify pre-diabetes or determine how well a person’s diabetes is being controlled following diagnosis. A high HbA1c result means that you have too much sugar in your blood. HbA1c or glycated haemoglobin is made when glucose (sugar) in your body sticks to your red blood cells. If your body cant use sugar properly, more of it sticks to your blood cells and builds up in your blood.

Symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes may include:

  • Urinating more than ten times a day
  • Persistent thirst
  • Feeling hungry even though you are eating a recommended calorie intake each day
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dry eyes or blurred vision
  • Dry mouth or tongue
  • Itchy skin
  • Unexpected weight loss (type 1 Diabetes)
  • Pain or numbness in the hands (type 2 Diabetes)

The test is used to determine your risk of diabetes (pre-diabetes) or how well your diabetes is being managed. You should take this test if:

  • You have diabetes type 1 or type 2
  • You have a family history of diabetes
  • You are presenting with symptoms of diabetes

% of Hemoglobin A1c

The % of Hemoglobin A1c refers to the amount of glycated hemoglobin in the blood. Glycated hemoglobin is red blood cells that have glucose attached to them. An A1c between 5.7-6.4% signals prediabetes. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when A1c is over 6.5%

You can order your Diabetes test online by clicking here.

What is Folate Deficiency? Edit

Vitamin B9 is one of the 8 water-soluble B Vitamins. It is the generic term for both naturally occurring food folate and the folic acid form of the vitamin used in dietary supplements and fortified foods.

Symptoms of Folate Deficiency include:

  • Constipation, poor digestion and bloating
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feeling flat in energy and mood
  • Increased vulnerability to colds and flu
  • Pale or yellow-tinged skin
  • Hair greying or thinning
  • Mouth ulcers
  • A tender and/or swollen tongue
  • Stunted growth
  • Developmental problems during pregnancy and/or infancy

You can order a Folate test kit by clicking here.

What is Kidney Failure? Edit

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood and removing waste products through your urine. They also manage water retention and control ion concentrations and the acid balance in your blood.

Symptoms of acute kidney failure may include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Urinating less frequently or producing a reduced volume of urine
  • Nausea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Fluid retention
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
  • Chest pain

A Kidney test will indicate how your kidneys are performing by measuring levels of urea, creatinine, and eGFR. High levels of urea, creatinine and a low eGFR can indicate acute or chronic kidney disease.

You should take the test if:

  • you have a high protein diet
  • you have used or are using performance enhancing drugs
  • you are taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • you suffer from high blood pressure
  • you suffer from diabetes
  • you have suffered an acute injury
  • you have persistent urinary tract infections
  • you have a kidney disease or a family history of one
  • you have kidney stones or a family history of them

Urea

Urea is a waste product formed from the breakdown of proteins and is passed out in your urine. A high level of urea (‘uremia’) indicates that the kidneys may not function optimally or that you are dehydrated.

eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate)

eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) is a calculation which determines how well your kidneys are filtering blood.

Creatinine

Creatinine is a waste product made by your muscles and dietary protein. Creatinine passes into the bloodstream and is usually passed out in urine. A high blood level of creatinine indicates that the kidneys may not be working properly.

You can order your Kidney Test online by clicking here.

What is Liver Disease? Edit

Your liver breaks down fats to aid digestion, fights illness and infections for immunity, removes toxins from your body, controls cholesterol levels, clots the blood and stores key nutrients and energy in the form of glycogen. Liver disease doesn’t usually cause any obvious signs or symptoms until it is advanced and the liver is damaged.

At home liver test for determining how your liver is performing with online results in 5 days. Biomarkers covered:

  • Total Protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Bilirubin
  • Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
  • Gamma GT
  • Alanine Transferase (ALT)

Symptoms of acute liver disease may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling in your stomach
  • Dark urine
  • Light-coloured stool
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Yellowish eyes or skin (jaundice)

You can order a Liver test by clicking here.

What is Lyme Disease? Edit

The home Lyme Disease Test can be used to identify borrelia antibodies in your blood, which can indicate the presence of Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis). Online results available within 5 days. Biomarkers covered:

  • Borrelia IgM Antibodies
  • Borrelia IgG Antibodies

If you develop the erythema migrans rash, or if you experience neurological symptoms, you should contact one of our doctors immediately.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms:   Headache, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle and joint aches
  • Erythema migrans rash:   A rash that develops from the point of being bitten. It may resemble a bulls-eye, with an expanding red area, that sometimes clears in the center. This appears between 3 and 30 days after being bitten by a tick. Not everybody with Lyme disease will develop this rash.
  • Neurological symptoms:   Meningitis (severe headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light), issues with muscle movement or facial droop. These symptoms may occur in the later stages of Lyme disease.
  • You should consider taking this test if you have symptoms, or if you may have been exposed to Lyme disease carrying ticks.
  • It can take 2-6 weeks after a tick bite for the Lyme Disease Test to identify antibodies in the blood. If you are concerned about Lyme disease you should consider testing (or retesting) 6 weeks after the tick bite.

You should take a test if:

  • you are presenting with symptoms of Lyme disease
  • you live in a place that is rich in vegetation or a woodland area
  • you live in Northern America or Northern Europe
  • you go camping or hiking on a regular basis, particularly during the Summer or Autumn
  • you come into contact with larger woodland animals on a regular basis

The test must be taken before 10 a.m and returned on the same day.

Borrelia IgM Antibodies

Immunoglobulin M (IgM) is an antibody found in the blood and lymphatic fluid. It is the first antibody produced by the body in response to an infection. A high concentration of IgM antibodies in the blood indicates that you have recently contracted Lyme disease.

Borrelia IgG Antibodies

Immunoglobulin G is the most abundant antibody found in the body. It is involved in fighting bacterial and viral infections. A high concentration of IgG antibodies and low concentration of IgM antibodies indicate that you have been infected with Lyme disease for a period of time.

You can order your Lyme Disease test online by clicking here.

What is Omega Deficiency? Edit

Fatty acids prevent irregular heartbeats, reduces the risk of clotting by making the blood less sticky, protects the walls of blood vessels from damage and helps to improve cholesterol by increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and decreasing levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).

Symptoms of Omega 3/6 Deficiency may include:

  • Irritability
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Brittle nails
  • Poor attention and/or concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Heightened sleep disturbances
  • Joint pain and discomfort

An Omega check examines the blood for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), by identifying levels of EPA and DHA, the test can determine whether you have an optimal level of Omega 3 and 6 in the system for good health.

You should take the test if:

  • you are curious about eating for health
  • you notice that your hair, skin, and nails are poor quality
  • you feel tired all the time with no explanation
  • you can’t concentrate on an ongoing basis
  • you have a family history of heart disease
  • you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet
  • you feel chronically fatigued

The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are the “good fats” found in oily fish, nuts and seeds that can help to protect the body against heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and rheumatoid arthritis.

Omega 6

Omega 6, when eaten in moderation as part of a healthy diet is good for you. Too much omega 6 can cause high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Omega 6 is found in polyunsaturated foods such as butter and vegetable oils.

You can order your Omega 3 test online by clicking here.

What is Hypothyroidism? Edit

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located at the base of the neck. It is made of two halves, called lobes, that lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of tissues known as the isthmus.

60% of those who suffer from a thyroid disorder are unaware of their condition.

Hypothyroidism (Under-active Thyroid) occurs when the thyroid gland is not producing a sufficient level of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) and can result in the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue or feeling tired all the time
  • Slow pulse or heart rate
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Poor tolerance of the cold
  • Depression
  • Dry, coarse or thickened skin
  • Constipation
  • Hand tingling or pain (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Irregular period or low sex drive
  • Muscle cramps
  • Impaired memory

Other causes of thyroid dysfunction can include family history, genetic factors, autoimmune disorders, medications and performance-enhancing substances.

You can order a Thyroid test by clicking here.

What is Vitamin Deficiency? Edit

You should monitor your vitamin levels as deficiencies may rule out underlying health conditions or explain symptoms such as exhaustion, brain fog, and nutritional issues.

You should take a Vitamin test if:

  • You want to improve your overall health
  • You are suffering from chronic fatigue
  • You are following a plant-based diet
  • You are planning on becoming pregnant
  • You are over the age of 50
  • You suffer from Crohn’s disease
  • You suffer from Celiac disease
  • You are deficient in the intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein which plays an important role in absorbing vitamin B12
  • You are going through the menopause
  • You are at risk of developing osteoporosis

You can order a vitamin testing kit by clicking here.

What is Iron Deficiency? Edit

The Iron Test determines if you are at risk of iron deficiency anemia or iron overload, known as hemochromatosis.

Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia may include:

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Brittle nails
  • Cravings for non-food sustenance such as dirt or ice
  • Extreme fatigue and weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Sore or swollen tongue

Symptoms of iron overload (hemochromatosis) may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Loss of libido
  • Diabetes

You can order an Iron test online by clicking here.

What is Mycoplasma? Edit

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a sexually transmitted bacterium found in the urinary and genital tracts. Mycoplasma can affect both men and women and it is transmitted through sexual contact. This does not need to be full sexual intercourse, it can be spread by any form of genital touching or rubbing.

Mycoplasma infection can be silent and some people with the infection may not have any symptoms.

Mycoplasma symptoms in women

  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Lower abdominal/pelvic pain
  • Fever

Untreated mycoplasma in women can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

Mycoplasma symptoms in men

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Burning pain or irritation when urinating
  • Pain and inflammation of the testicles

Untreated mycoplasma in men can lead to pain and infection of the testicles.

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

You can order your mycoplasma testing kit by clicking here.

What is Trichomoniasis? Edit

Trichomoniasis is caused by infection with the protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis and is transmitted through sexual contact. Trichomoniasis often presents no symptoms but can produce green or frothy discharge in men and women.

We offer convenient, confidential and accurate home STD testing kits for women and men. Results are available in a matter of days to be discussed with one of our doctors.

You can order your Trichomoniasis testing kit by clicking here.