Our sexual health screening package includes a consultation with one of our doctors or a sexual health specialist nurse, as well as examination and STI testing. Also included in the package price is a follow up telephone consultation with a doctor or nurse when the results are back, and any prescriptions you might require.
You should always consider getting tested after having unprotected sex, whether you have symptoms or not. In many cases, the infection is not accompanied by any symptoms until a later stage. Getting tested at a sexual health clinic will allow detection of the infection at an early stage and prevent it developing into a more serious threat to your health or health of your partner.
When should I have a full STD test?
You should consider a sexual health screen if you have had unprotected sex, are starting a new relationship or are experiencing symptoms. Depending on your sexual practices, a doctor might recommend a full screen and a repeat of certain tests after the appropriate window period. They might also recommend Multiplex testing for the most accurate early detection available for HIV and hepatitis B and C.
What tests does the full sexual health screen include?
The full STD testing package includes HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, syphilis, herpes (where clinically indicated), chlamydia, gonorrhoea, bacterial infections, ureaplasma and mycoplasma. The doctor or nurse will take a blood sample, urine sample and swabs where necessary.
For accuracy of your results you should hold urine for 2 hours prior to the appointment. Please also inform the doctor if you have recently taken or are taking any kind of medication or antibiotics.
Blood, urine, and swabs
Some of your blood test results will be available as soon as 4 working hours after your test. The urine results take 24 hours, and swabs take 3 – 5 working days. You can receive your results however you would like, whether by email, telephone, or post. You are also welcome to call in for them or pick them up in person. If you require treatment, the doctor or nurse will contact you directly to discuss your results.
We pride ourselves on having an excellent confidentiality service. You can get tested without providing your real name or your GP’s information, and results will never be shared with third parties. You can get your results in whatever form you prefer.
Some STDs have very mild or no symptoms at all, which is why testing is always recommended. Typical symptoms include abnormal discharge, unsual growths or skin changes, soreness, redness, or pain in the genital area, pain on urination or after intercourse, and unusual bleeding.
No. At worst you may experience some discomfort, but with an experienced doctor, the tests are quick and easy to take. The full sexual health screening usually involves a consultation with a doctor about your sexual history, and an explanation of the tests you will need. You can expect to have a blood test, a urine test, and possibly a swab test.