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5 things you need to know before coming into clinic



1. What should I expect to happen at the clinic?

You will be asked for some general details before seeing a doctor or nurse.

Please note that:
  • this a confidential clinic and no information leaves the area

  • all test results are numbered and bar coded with no personal identification being used

  • you are at liberty to provide as much or as little personal details as you wish
You will then be seen in time order by a doctor or nurse. Please note that other clinics may be running which means others may be seen before you.


2. When should I test?

You should have your tests done:
  • Whenever you have symptoms.

If you have no symptoms:
  • For Chlamydia test 2 weeks after you have sex.

  • Blood test for HIV and other blood bourn viruses 12 weeks after you have had sex.


3. What can I be tested for?

We can offer you tests for the following:

Swabs
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Chlamydia (female)
Urine test
  • Chlamydia (male)
Blood test
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis



4. What should I do before I come to Clinic?

It is very important that you do not pass urine for two hours before having swabs taken. If you have then this means that you will have flushed away the bacteria we are trying to test.

Women: If you are on a period then smear tests cannot be done, and if bleeding heavily then we cannot test for Chlamydia, however if you are experiencing symptoms you should come and see us.



5. How long will I have to wait for my results?

If you have discharge we will take swabs and will examine these under a microscope in clinic. The results will be available at your visit.

If you have no discharge the swabs taken and blood test will be sent to the laboratory for testing. These results will be ready within 14 days (in most circumstances).

Your results will be sent to you via text message. If this is not possible, details will be available in the clinic at your visit.
  • For more information on results, please click here.
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