Sexually transmitted infections (STIs or STDs) are a major public health problem. STIs are often asymptomatic and can lead to various complications. A STI Check is the only way to ensure you don’t have an infection. The goal of screening for STIs is to identify and treat infected persons before they develop complications and to identify, test, and treat their sex partners to prevent further transmission.

One of the major barriers to getting tested is that the person tested reveals his or her name, address and other private information to the doctors and laboratory. Some people are reluctant to do that and avoid checking for STD / STI. Naturally, doctors and laboratories are sworn to confidentiality. Still, many people find that not enough to go for an STI check.

Truly anonymous, confidential and discreet STI check can only be with the services like Dexanova. Customers are not required to enter their real name on file, no address or real date of birth is required either. This encourages people to undergo STI checks.

There is no doubt among health professionals that communities benefit from the availability of the anonymous, discreet and confidential STI / STD checks.

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