International HPV Awareness Day – what you need to know about HPV

Today (4 March) is International HPV Awareness Day: a global campaign designed to raise awareness around the human papillomavirus (HPV) and related diseases. HPV refers to a group of more than 100 viruses, many of which are sexually transmitted during penetrative sex, or via close skin-to-skin contact or sexual touching. According to figures published by […]

Buyer beware – what are users really getting when they buy drugs on the street?

As a leading provider of drug testing services for members of the public, the legal sector, and the workplace sector, we are used to receiving questions from sample donors regarding their drug test results. This is especially true when an ‘unexpected’ substance is found to be present in their sample. But how does this happen? […]

Nacoa celebrates 15 years of COA Week

International Children of Alcoholics (COA) Awareness Week, the annual campaign to raise awareness of how children are affected by parental alcohol problems, is celebrating its 15th year. The campaign, running from 11 until 17 February, and led in the UK by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa), casts a light on the fact […]

Beyond the lab – why you don’t have to be a scientist to work in science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed annually on 11 February, was founded by the United Nations to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls around the world. The day aims to achieve gender equality for women working in science and technology, empowering women and […]

Highlighting the importance of testing this HIV Testing Week

Today marks the start of National HIV Testing Week (5-11 February), an annual campaign designed to promote regular HIV testing, particularly among groups that are most affected by HIV. The campaign is organised and delivered by HIV Prevention England (HPE), the national HIV prevention programme funded by Public Health England. Managed by the Terrence Higgins […]

Your STI questions answered this STIQ Day

Today (14 January) is Sexually Transmitted Infection Questions (STIQ) Day: a day designed to raise awareness about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), what they are, and how you can practise safe sex. As a leading provider of sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing – also known as sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing – we know first-hand the […]

AlphaBiolabs is Giving Back to help change lives throughout 2024

Over the last few years, AlphaBiolabs has donated to a number of charities working with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and families. Through our highly-regarded Giving Back campaigns, we have helped to change many lives for the better by donating to charities that are close to our hearts. However, for our latest Giving […]

Sober celebrities choosing to go without alcohol

A recent Drink Aware survey showed that approximately 50% of UK adults reported drinking alcohol at least once a week, whilst a recent NHS survey found that 20% of adults in England drink above the recommended weekly limit of 14 units. By way of contrast, whether for health and lifestyle choices or other personal reasons, […]

Manage your drinking this Dry January

As a new year begins, many of us will be considering how we can make improvements to our mental and physical wellbeing in 2024. For some, cutting down on alcohol will be at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions. And that’s where Dry January comes in. Founded in 2013 by Alcohol Change […]

Study finds an increase in STIs could be linked to misuse of condoms

Latest figures from the Terrence Higgins Trust show that there has been a 24% increase in sexually transmitted infections throughout England, resulting in more than 392,000 cases in the past year. The same research revealed a 50% increase in gonorrhoea, a 24% increase in chlamydia, and a 15% increase in syphilis since 2021. In addition, […]