If you’re sexually active, it’s a good idea to get tested for STIs every year, even if you feel fine or are in a relationship.
It’s a good practice to go for testing after every new partner(s). Ask your partner(s) to do the same.
Some STIs have no symptoms so you may not even know you have one unless you get tested.
The doctor/nurse will discuss with you what tests they think you should have depending on the questions you answer.
Make sure you are honest, they are not here to judge just to keep you healthy!
The STI tests might involve:
A pee sample.A blood sample.Taking swabs from down there.An examination of your genitals.
First of all DON’T PANIC, we are human and we all get them.
After you’ve calmed down, scroll down for a worksheet helping you with this.
The sexual health clinic tends to be more knowledgable as its what they specialise in and deal with everyday!
I also find they are more personable and much better at putting you at ease.
Both are qualified to deal with these situations.
All the information in your notes on the computer and from the discussions you have with them are strictly confidential. It can sometimes be useful to share your records with your GP but they will not do this without your express permission to do so.
The only other time they would tell anyone else about your visit would be if:
You are under 18 and tell them about someone who has abused you sexually, physically or emotionally.You are 12 or under and tell them that someone has had sex with you.Your life is at serious risk.You tell them about someone under 18 who is being abused.Another person’s life is at risk.
Some places can give you the results there and then but most it will be 24-48 hours.
At home tests usually take 48 hours.