Where can I have a sexual health test?
There are various different places you can go for an STI test; these include:
● GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinic
● Sexual health clinics
● GP surgeries
● Contraception clinics (also known as family planning clinics)
Do I have to pay for the test?
STI tests and all sexual health services are free of charge on the NHS. You can get free contraceptives from sexual health clinics and your GP. If you do go to your GP and you require treatment for any sexually transmitted diseases, you may have to pay the prescription charge (some people are exempt from paying prescription charges).
What does the test involve?
Tests for men and women may involve the following:
● Examination of the genitals, throat, mouth, skin, anus and rectum
● Urine sample
● Blood sample
● Swabs from the urethra
● Swabs from any blisters or sores
Women may also have an examination of the vagina and swabs from the vagina.
When will I get the results?
Sometimes the results will be available straight away and sometimes you will have to wait for your results. Sometimes, this can take several weeks. If you do have to wait for your results, you will be asked to give your permission for a member of staff to call you to give you your results or send you a letter with the results in an unmarked envelope.
What happens if my test result is positive?
If your test result is positive, a member of staff will talk to you about the infection and the treatment options available to you. In the majority of cases, you will be given a course of antibiotics. If you have a more serious, long-term condition, such as HIV, you will be referred to a counsellor and advised about your treatment options.