Should I get tested for health-screening?

It is always a good idea to have a sexual health-screening, if only to be on the safe side. If you have had several sexual partners then it is definitely a good idea to get things checked out. Some STIs can be difficult to recognise, and can therefore go untreated, and although you may think STIs can only be contracted through sexual intercourse, this is not the case. Testing is free on the NHS.

Where should I go to get tested for health-screening?

You will need to make an appointment with your local GP, who can then organise a meeting with a genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic. There are also rapid testing clinics where you can be tested, or you could go to a sexual health clinic. You can choose to be confidential during testing and treatment if you wish. If you require further assistance, then you can seek advice from the fpa.

Process of diagnosis

The process of testing will typically involve a urinary sample and the use of swabs to attain a sample. There may also be the need to have a blood test. Treatment may start immediately if symptoms are easily recognisable, but results from tests will likely take a week. Typical treatment is the prescription of antibiotics or special creams, which will need to be taken according to instructions provided. Sex is advised against during treatment. Serious diseases, such as HIV, will see you offered more specialist services, such as counselling.


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