Sexually transmitted disease (STDs) are infections that are transmitted, on the whole, during unprotected sexual intercourse.  However, they can also be transferred from mother to child during pregnancy.

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There are over 30 different types of STDs, most of which are caused by a virus (herpes), bacteria (gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis) and fungi (candidiasis). Infections of this kind affect both men and women and whilst many STDs do not have any symptoms, they can cause serious issues in the long term if they are not treated.  In some cases, they can have a very negative impact on such important aspects of health as fertility and pregnancy.

In order to avoid STDs leading to serious complications, there are currently many means of detecting and treating them. The detection techniques used up until now only allowed us to detect a single STD per analysis. Furthermore, in order to do so, it was also necessary to wait 3 or 4 months following possible contagion.

Instituto Bernabeu is now the first clinic in Spain to have an innovative technique that is able to detect 10 different possible infections in a single analysis. There are several advantages to this technique:

  • The analysis can be performed just a few days following sexual intercourse
  • The analysis can be performed using a urine sample sent to us from home
  • The result can be obtained in just a few days
  • As such, we can help contribute towards preventing sexually transmitted diseases of this kind and, by performing checks, avoid more serious consequences that could have an impact on the person’s general health or fertility in the future

Dr Eva Garcia, Biologist at IBBIOTECH, part of the Instituto Bernabeu group.

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