"This test is a good choice if you have no symptoms, but suspect you have been infected."
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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 vaginal swab (for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea)
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.
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 eg. sex without a condom, and the point when the test will give you an accurate result) is different for the 4 STIs being tested:
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.
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.