Around half of the world population may have been infected with a bacterium called H.pylori, although not every infection produces symptoms.
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) causes conditions such as gastritis and stomach ulcers, affecting men, women and children. However, use of the appropriate antibiotic combinations and antacids can eliminate the bacterial colonisation. The stomach lining and duodenum are both protected against the stomach's acidity by a protective coating. If the mucous membrane is disturbed or damaged, this can lead to stomach ulcers. Typically, these are caused by H.pylori infections and, left untreated, there is a risk of stomach cancer developing.
Individuals experiencing frequent, recurring problems with digestion, tenderness and persistent discomfort during or after meals should consider using a SELFCheck Stomach Ulcer home screening test. The test is easy to use, requiring only a finger prick blood sample and the test is completed in less than 10 minutes, giving a visual, easy to interpret result. (The test detects the presence of raised antibodies to H.pylori bacteria indicative of an active infection).
The benefit of carrying out a SELFCheck Stomach Ulcer screening test in privacy ensures confidentiality as well as providing the necessary incentive needed to take further steps in terms of managing personal health and seeking earlier consultation with a healthcare professional to facilitate earlier medical intervention should further action be needed.
The SELFCheck Stomach Ulcer (H.pylori) screening test is easy to use, requiring a small finger prick blood sample to perform the test and a visual result is available in less than 10 minutes.
A simple home test to detect the presence of antibodies for Helicobacter pylori.
Why test for stomach ulcers?
It is estimated that half the world's population may be infected with Helicobacter pylori. Infection with this bacterium can cause stomach ulcer or gastritis. Untreated infections increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.
How often should this test be performed?
There is no restriction on how frequently it can be carried out. Nevertheless, for those who have been treated for infection with Helicobacter pylori, positive results may appear up to 12 months after an active infection has been treated with antibiotics.
What should you do if the result is positive?
Consult your doctor for further examination, diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Medical decisions should only be made following consultation with your doctor. Not being infected with Helicobacter pylori does not necessarily mean that someone cannot get a stomach ulcer for another reason.
How should the test be disposed of?
After use, all the test components can be safely disposed of with normal household waste.
Test kit contains:
1 test cassette, 1 safety lancet, 1 buffer solution, 1 plaster and instructions for use.