Why get tested?
people that have sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not have any
symptoms, so if you don’t get tested you won’t know if ‘most people’ is you!
is important to get tested so you can be treated. Having an STI for a long time
without treatment can result in complications such as PID (pelvic inflammatory
disease) in women, epididymo-orchitis in men and complications of untreated HIV
in all genders.
PID is a serious concern, and as many as 1 in 10 women become infertile because
When to get tested?
you have been to visit us in the clinic you will have heard us talk about a
‘window period’. The window period is the time from potential exposure
(unprotected sex) to when our tests will be able to reliably detect an
infection if you have one.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, this window period is 2 weeks after sex.
if you were to have unprotected sex with a new partner on Tuesday, we would
advise not taking a test until 2 weeks later on the Wednesday to be outside the
| Chlamydia || 2 weeks|
| Gonorrhoea|| 2 weeks|
| HIV|| 4 weeks|
| Syphilis|| 12 weeks|
What you will be tested for
you are ordering the STI kit, this will test you for the 2 most common STIs,
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea only. If your test results come back clear and you
have symptoms please attend the clinic where we can test for other infections.
to take your test
Vaginal swab test for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia
Pharyngeal swab for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia
Urine test for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia
Rectal swab test for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia
How will I get my results?
You will get your results via text
message within 2 weeks of the lab having received your kit.
The sender will be NHS NO REPLY and
the message will either be Your results from the tests on <RequestedDate> are all
clear. No further action needed. Or a text advising them to call the
you require treatment please give us a call on 01709 427777 to arrange an