The current pandemic has raised awareness of infection control measures. At the same time, it presents us with challenges in other areas of healthcare, particularly regular testing for STIs. This is where our innovative testing strategy comes in: Simply take the test for HIV and other STIs from home, when it's convenient for you.
In times of contact restrictions, the focus on individual health care is becoming stronger and stronger. Our s.a.m health service allows you to take part of your health care into your own hands and effectively test for HIV and other STIs.
An effective testing strategy is essential in the fight against HIV and STDs. This enables early diagnosis, prevents disease complications and breaks chains of infection - all essential aspects in preventing the spread of these diseases.
The current pandemic and related measures could theoretically slow the spread of STIs. On the other hand, however, the lockdown may also increase the risk of undetected infections if people avoid medical appointments and STI testing for fear of infection.
Not only in light of the asymptomatic courses of many STIs but also the current challenges in medical care and Covid-19 infection control, s.a.m health represents a relief for medical practices and public health services, who can, in turn, focus their resources on the treatment of diagnosed infections and the monitoring of more complex health problems.
The diagnosis rates from the pilot phase show that new or irregular testers were convinced by the service. In addition, the service is an important addition to public health care, especially for rural regions.
It will take our joint efforts to address the long-term effects of the pandemic now. s.a.m health offers a building block in the field of HIV and STI prevention that enables both healthcare professionals and patients to play their part. And now would be the perfect time to prevent an increase in HIV and STI infections after the end of the lockdown.
In just a few steps, users can get tested for HIV & STI on a regular basis:
one-time online registration
one-time (telephone) consultation with a medically trained counselor
During the consultation, personal risk and test cycles (every three, six, or twelve months) are assessed, and the counselors are also available to provide information about STIs and HIV
Delivery of the test kit by mail
Samples are taken at home and sent to the laboratory
Communication of results via SMS or telephone
Automatic reminder by SMS of the next test and shipment of the test kit after confirmation and payment
The s.a.m health service is based on confidentiality, discretion and self-determination. In case of reactive or positive test results, treatment options are explained with referral to treating physicians to follow up.