Man2Man STI Tests

We offer two types of test kits for men who have sex with men. MSM Basic STI Test Kit: this test checks for chlamydia and gonorrhoea (genital, oral and rectal) plus HIV and syphilis. MSM Comprehensive STI Test Kit: this test checks for c

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What is a Man2Man STI Test?

The Man2Man STI test kit is designed to test for sexually tansmitted infections (STIs)  in men who have sex with men.

How is this test different from other STI tests?

Research shows that men who have sex with men are more likely to contract certain STIs and should therefore be tested regularly and for a wider range of infections. The Man2Man STI test kit test covers more infections than other STI tests, including several less-common infections.

What can I get tested for?

If you order the basic Man2Man STI test kit, you will be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea (genital, rectal, oral), syphilis and HIV. With the comprehensive test kit you will be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea (genital, rectal, oral), syphilis, HIV, herpes, hepatitis B and C, and other less common infections including gardnerella, ureaplasma, mycoplasma and trichomonas. 

What should I get tested for?

It is recommended that you get tested regularly for common STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis, particularly if you are having unprotected sex. To be on the safe side, you should also get tested for less common STIs by ordering the comprehensive Man2Man STI test kit. It is worth keeping in mind that you can be infected with an STI and not show any symptoms. Even if you are asymptomatic, the infection can be causing damage and could be passed on to someone else. 

When should I get tested?

If you are having unprotected sex or casual sex with more than 1 partner, you are recommended to get tested every 3 months.

Basic vs comprehensive test

The Man2Man STI test kit comes in 2 versions: the basic test kit and the comprehensive test kit. The basic test kit checks for chlamydia and gonorrhea (genital, oral and rectal), HIV and syphilis. The comprehensive test kit also checks for herpes, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and several other less infections including gardnerella, ureaplasma, mycoplasma and trichomonas. The comprehensive kit is more expensive but more thorough, and may be worth it if you have unprotected sex on a regular basis.

Is this test only for men who have sex with men?

This test is designed for men who have sex with men, as this group is at greater risk of contracting these STIs. However, it can also be used by heterosexual men, and is sometimes recommended to anyone who has shared needles or syringes. 

Are men who have sex with men at a greater risk of certain STIs?

Research has shown that men who have sex with other men are at a higher risk of contracting an STI. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that men who have sex with men tend to get tested for STIs more regularly. The use of condoms is much lower amongst the gay community, and a lack of sex education in the LGBTQ field meanst there is a lack of knowledge about safe sex practices. Due to the delicate tissues involved, anal sex has a much higher risk of transmitting blood-bourne STIs such as HIV. 

How can men who have sex with men protect themselves from STIs?

The best way to protect against STIs is to practice safe sex and use a condom. Condoms are the only form of contraception to provide protection against STIs. If you are having casual sex with multiple partners, it is recommended that you use a condom for genital, anal and oral sex.

What testing options are available?

The Man2Man test kit is available in 2 forms, a basic and comprehensive kit. The basic kit tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea (genital, anal, oral), HIV and syphilis. Though it is more expensive, the comprehensive test kit covers a much wider range of STI, including herpes, hepatitis B and C, gardnerella, ureaplasma, mycoplasma and trichomonas as well as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis. 

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, hepatitis B & C, HIV and syphilis?

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea do not usually present symptoms, but when they do occur in men they can include unusual discharge from the penis, painful urination, burning or itching of the urethra, and testicular pain. Herpes may also not present any symptoms, but commonly results in small blisters that break into painful sores and may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms with painful lymph nodes. Hepatitis B and C have similar symptoms, including dark-coloured urine, tiredness and fever, joint pain, nausea, pale stools, vomiting and jaundice. Early signs of syphilis include small, painless sores on the skin, which may be accompanied by enlarged lymph nodes in the groin. If syphilis is not treated, symptoms can progress to include skin rash, sores on the inside of the mouth, vagina or anus, fever, swollen glands, head and muscle aches, and fatigue. Untreated syphilis can become severe and lead to permanent organ damage or even death.

HIV symptoms vary between individuals, and can be hard to detect in the early days of the virus. Is is therefore important to be checked regularly for HIV, particularly if you are having unprotected sex, as this is the only way to know if you have the virus. Early symptoms are easily confused with a flu virus or a common cold, and can include fever, sweats and chills, fatigue, head and muscle aches, skin rash, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea, and a sore throat and dry cough.  

Treatment

How are these STIs treated?

Once diagnosed, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are easily treatable. You will be prescribed a course of antibiotics that will clear up the infection, usually within 5 days. While there is no cure for the herpes virus, it is treatable with antiviral medication and cream to sooth painful blisters. Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages, usually with a course of Penicillin prescribed by a doctor. If you think you might have HIV, it is vital that you get tested and treated as soon as  possible. Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) medication is an emergency treatment that can stop you from becoming infected if taken within 72 of you coming into contact with the disease. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is a similar drug that can be taken regularly as a preventative measure against HIV. If you test positive for HIV, your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. The virus is initially treated with antiretroviral drugs, and the virus in your blood will be closely monitored to ensure that treatment is working. 

Q&A

I’m bisexual, will this test be suitable for me?

This test is suitable for all men, whether they are straight, bisexual or gay. It is recommended for men who have sex with men because they are at higher risk of contracting these STIs. 

How does a home test work?

The home test has several components and instructions that you will need to follow. To collect the samples needed to test for each STI, you will need to provide and oral swab, and rectal swab, a urine sample and a small blood sample. Your samples will then be sent to a lab for testing, and your results will be sent to you via your preferred means of contact. It is important to remember that you may test possible for herpes if you do not have symptoms (sores) at the time you take the test. In order to get accurate results, you will have to provide a swab at a time when active sores are present.

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