"This is a good sexual health check if you want to relieve any concerns you may have."
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The STI Check checks for:
You will receive free treatment for Chlamydia if you test positive and you’re considered medically suitable.
Infections tested for
A urine sample (for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea)
A finger prick blood sample (for Syphilis and HIV)
Who is this test for?
If you have symptoms, we recommend attending your local sexual health clinic.
When should I NOT take this test?
If you think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, you should seek URGENT medical advice from your local sexual health clinic, GP or Accident & Emergency, as HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) may be recommended.
If you have symptoms, you should NOT use this service. You require a face to face assessment at your local sexual health clinic or GP.
If you have tested positive for Syphilis in the past (even if you received treatment), this test kit is not suitable because the test cannot tell the difference between past and current infection (it will always produce a positive result.) You should attend your local sexual health clinic for further advice.
If you have tested positive for Syphilis or HIV in the past, you can purchase one of our test kits that does not test for these infections.
When do I need to take the test?
Tests done too early may not be accurate.
The ‘window period’ (time period between potential exposure to an STI e.g. sex without a condom, and the point when the test will give you an accurate result) is different for the 4 STIs being tested:
However, if you think you might have an STI, you can test immediately and repeat the test after the window period (you will need to purchase 2 test kits for this).
How do I access my test result?
If your test result is ‘negative’ we'll upload the results into your Patient Record, which you can access by logging in through our website.
If your HIV result is 'reactive' (i.e. potentially positive) or indeterminant, we will phone you to discuss these results with you. If we cannot get through, we will send you a message asking that you at arrange a telephone consultation through your patient record as soon as possible. We may also need to contact you if your sample is labelled incorrectly.
If you test positive for Chlamydia we will offer you free antibiotic treatment, provided that it is clinically appropriate.
If you test positive for Gonorrhoea, Syphilis or HIV, then we will advise you to attend your local sexual health clinic for further advice and treatment.
How long will I have to wait for the result?
Test results are normally ready within 3 working days of your sample arriving at our partner laboratory. You will receive a text and an email when your result is ready.
|Confidentiality||Your test results are completely confidential. We will not inform your GP or anyone else of your result, or that you have used our service, unless you specifically ask us to.|
About the STI Check
Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV are among the most common STIs in the UK.
Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea:
Chlamydia is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and Gonorrhoea by Neisseria gonorrhoeae. While they don’t necessarily cause symptoms or signs of the infection, they can both lead to serious health issues if left untreated.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are passed from person to person through sexual contact. This includes any contact with infected semen/ejaculate/pre-ejaculate/discharge in the throat, vagina or rectum. These infections are commonly spread through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex, or sharing sex toys. Moreover, because of the lack of symptoms in some people, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are very easily passed on to sexual partners without realising it.
Syphilis is caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Symptoms of Syphilis infection can be mild and you might not recognise them, so it is easy to pass on without knowing you have the infection. If left untreated, it can cause serious health issues.
Anyone who is sexually active can get Syphilis and it can be passed from person to person before symptoms appear and after they disappear. Syphilis can spread from person to person during oral, vaginal or anal sex, or when sharing sex toys. It can also be spread by direct skin contact with a sore or rash caused by Syphilis.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that weakens a person’s immune system, so they cannot fight off infections. Most people living with HIV have no obvious signs or symptoms and so you cannot tell who has the virus. A few weeks after infection, many people have flu-like symptoms e.g. fever, rash, sore throat. You can only be certain about whether you are HIV positive or negative by testing.
HIV is passed from person to person in a variety of ways including through sexual contact. Men and women can have and transmit HIV and it is spread from person to person during oral, vaginal or anal sex without a condom, through sharing sex toys and using a needle/injecting equipment that has already been used by someone else. HIV is passed from person to person through infected blood, semen/ejaculate/pre-ejaculate, vaginal and anal fluids.