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Here at Evolve Medical, we offer private sexual health appointments to test for sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV. Even if you don’t have any symptoms. It’s important to have regular STI checks to help to prevent long-term damage to your own health and the health of others.

There are different types of tests which can be carried out. The health professional you see will determine which test is most suitable for you depending upon the symptoms you may be experiencing or upon the concerns you discuss at the appointment. Although some people are very anxious about testing and some people may put it off, it’s always best to know if you have an infection and we would encourage anyone who is worried to book a consultation.

What Happens During The Appointment?

Our appointments would always involve you seeing a Doctor or nurse at the clinic in evolve, usually in a 30-minute appointment, The practitioner will take a full history, will examine you and then carry out the relevant tests after discussing these with you. Sexual health screening can be completed by taking swabs, blood tests or urine samples.

The next steps

The samples are then sent to a lab and then the results are usually returned within 5-7 days. In the event that the patient does have an infection, they will receive a telephone call for the doctor or nurse to advise of the results and the treatment they need. A prescription will be sent to the patient electronically or if they’d prefer, they can contact their NHS GP for a prescription.

STI Testing At Evolve Medical

We can carry out the following tests to check for the presence of STIs:

Basic Urine screen 1

Urine test for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea

Cost – £95

Basic swab screen 2

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea

Cost – £145

Comprehensive swab screen 3

Swab tests for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Mycoplasma
  • Ureaplasma
  • Trichomonas Vaginalis
  • Gardnerella Vaginalis
  • Herpes Simplex

Cost – £245

Comprehensive Blood screen 4

 Blood test for: 

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
  • IgG
  • IgM

Cost – £345 (30 minute appointment)

  • Herpes only

Cost – £145.

What Are The Symptoms Of An STI?

Unfortunately, many sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic meaning, you don’t know you have an infection’ and this is particularly the case for women. , Some people experience the following symptoms but it’s important to remember that infections can affect everyone differently.

Symptoms may include: 

  • Discharge from the penis, vagina or anus
  • Pain whilst urinating
  • Lower abdominal pains
  • Rashes, blisters or sores affecting the genital area
  • Bleeding in between periods or Bleeding after sex.
  • Some people will experience a flu like illness with tiredness, aches in joints and temperatures. 

If you notice any of these symptoms it’s important that you are tested or seek medical help. 

It is also important to get tested if the patient believes or knows that they have come into contact with someone who may have an STI. Many people choose to have an STI test before they enter into a new sexual relationship to make sure they are not putting their partner at risk.

Who Should Consider Booking A Test?

Anyone with the symptoms listed above should consider getting tested, especially if they have had unprotected intercourse. Couples considering starting a sexual relationship who want reassurance that they don’t have an infection that they can pass on to their partner.

The optimum time to book in for an STI check can depend upon the type of infection a patient may have, alongside what type of test is required –  urine testing, swab testing or a blood test. It is advised to wait for approximately 14 days after having unprotected sexual contact before undergoing an STI test but if that patient is concerned and wants more advice we would encourage them to contact us at Evolve to discuss this further. We’ll attempt to see the patient the same day as they contact us or at least within 24 hours.

Are Evolve Medical’s Sexual Health Services Confidential?

Yes, our sexual health services are fully confidential and the patient’s privacy will be respected at all times. The appointment, any details discussed and the results will only ever be shared with the patient. It is then at the patient’s discretion as to whether they choose to share these results with their registered  GP or the NHS sexual health service. Our experienced medical professionals are friendly, approachable and will do everything possible to ensure the patient feels completely comfortable and at ease during the appointment.

What Happens If The STI Check Result Is Positive?

It is important to receive treatment for an STI as soon as possible to help protect your long-term health and to minimise the risk of transmitting the infection to others. 

We encourage any patient with a positive STI result to inform any sexual partners to help eliminate the spread of the infection to others. We also advise anyone with a positive test to be re-tested after they have completed their treatment to confirm  that the infection has cleared.

FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions about STI checks to help you learn more about our services.

What Is  An STI check?

An STI check is carried out to detect whether or not a patient has any sexually transmitted infections. The check can be carried out in various different ways, most commonly with urine or a swab test, with the results then being sent to a lab. The actual test itself can vary depending on which infections the patient is being tested for. The swab test or urine sample is typically quick and painless. In some cases a blood test may be recommended in which case the patient may feel some discomfort.

How do you get an STI check?

There are various ways you can get an STI check, however, it’s important that the test is carried out correctly to provide an accurate result. At Evolve Medical, we’re able to test for the specific STIs based on the corresponding symptoms, handling any necessary lab-testing required. 

Can STIs be cured?

Most, but not all, STIs can be cured which is why it’s important to catch them as early as possible. If left, they can worsen and spread to other parts of the body, not only causing pain and discomfort, but in some cases, also leading to potential infertility. By having an STI check you’re able to identify potential STIs and treat them with the correct medication for the specific infection in question.