Warm congratulations to the Food Chain another thing they are doing that really helps those of us living with the virus but who are still well enough to cope with preparing our own food is the “Cookery Club” lessons in nutrition and healthy eating combined with actual cookery. It is rather wonderful and I’m sure my improved diet helps me stay well.
Well done to both The Food Chain and also the EJAF.
Some more unsung heros get help and recognition thanks to EJ…
Can anyone recommend a good RELIABLE clap testing kit which can be used pretty effectively and at home?
Ian, there are no approved home testing kits that cover a spectrum of STI’s.
Clap in it’s traditional meaning is Syphilis and that is tested by a blood test. Although urinary infection tests can be done with a urine sample most GUM clinics prefer a swab test so generally a full STI screen will be a swab or two from each sexually active area, mouth, urethral and anal and a blood test or two (Syphilis & Hepatitis)
By far the best thing to do is to treat it like a dental check up and take an afternoon to wait in a GUM Clinic, I’d suggest a big city clinic because they are busier see more patients have more experience and see more gay men, and while you’re there ask about Hep B vaccination.
I just realised Ian may mean HIV, you can get (Dr Tom) home HIV test kits but you have to send the blood off and they are quite expensive, better to go to a GUM or Community Test Centre and get a Rapid Test and the result in under 20 minutes.
correction its Doctor Thom and they are using Orasure Saliva tests but you do have to send it off and if positive get a blood test for confirmation.
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