In many of our clinics we routinely test men and women for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Routine blood tests for syphilis and HIV are recommended to all new patients and those who may have been at risk. You will not be tested for HIV without prior discussion and consent.
Men should not pass urine for up to two hours before attending as we routinely test for sexually transmitted infections by taking swabs from the penis and urine samples. In addition to the routine tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia we also test men for non-specific urethritis (NSU), if they report any symptoms.
Women are tested for sexually transmitted infections by taking swabs from the cervix and vagina (this could be done yourself or by a doctor or nurse). In addition to the routine tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia we also look for trichomonas and bacterial vaginosis. After taking the swabs the doctor/nurse may carry out an internal examination to check for pelvic inflammation.
All women aged 25 and over should have a regular cervical smear test done by their GP or practice nurse. We do not routinely offer cervical smear tests. If you are 25 and over and have not had a smear test you should make an appointment with your GP.
How do I get my test results?
This depends on the tests. Wherever possible it is preferred that you supply a mobile number, so that you can receive your results by text. Alternatively you can phone the clinic.
- On the day - Some results will be available before you leave the clinic. If so, the doctor or nurse will give these to you. Any required treatment will be given to you at that same time, free of charge.
- 7 - 14 days later – Some specimens are sent away to the laboratory to be processed, so the results take a little longer.
Please remember if we ask you to call in to discuss your results, this does not mean that you have anything seriously wrong with you.
If your test was positive for any infection, you will be advised about any treatment required. All treatment is free. It is important your infection is treated as soon as possible to prevent any complications, and reduce the likelihood of passing it on to your sexual partner(s).
Why and how to inform your partner(s)?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Many people infected with an STI are unaware of their infection.
If you are diagnosed with an infection, treating your partner(s) will protect you from catching the infection again. Treating your ex-partners may not only prevent them from having serious health problems, but also stop the infection being passed on to others.
Informing partners of their risk of an STI is a sensitive issue, so our staff can help you with this. Should you require treatment for a positive result iCaSH offer a partner notification service, however patients are able to inform partners for the need of screening. Partner notification options will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Should you choose to let a member of the iCaSH team assist with the notification, you will be asked to give the name of your partner(s) and ex partners, age and contact details (preferably mobile number). This information is confidential - we will never share your details when informing contacts.