All testing and treatment is free and confidential (see our confidentiality statement).
Anybody can attend our service, we offer appointments and drop in clinics (Find your nearest clinic to book).
We have gathered together some frequently asked questions that you might find useful before your visit.
Tests available include:
- Chlamydia (If you are under 25 you can request a Chlamydia self-test kit by clicking here.)
- HIV testing (rapid or routine results)
- Hepatitis B (including vaccination)
- Hepatitis C
- Non Specific Genital infections (NSU / NSGI)
- Warts and Herpes
- Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV)
- Pubic Lice
- Candida albicans (Thrush)
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
Frequently Asked Questions
Will anybody find out about my visit?
All information, including test results, remain confidential within the clinic. Information is not passed on to anyone else without your permission. Although we aim to keep you visit confidential, we have a duty of care to ensure you are safe. Please see our confidentiality statement for more details.
What will happen during the appointment?
Many tests for STIs do not require the need for examination and you can collect the samples yourself. Depending on your risks blood tests and/or examination may be necessary. Our staff are specially trained and will always ensure that you are informed and comfortable during your visit.
Do I need to tell my partner/s if I have an STI?
We will encourage you to speak to your current and previous partners so that they too can receive treatment. If you do not want to inform your partner/s yourself then we offer an anonymised partner notification service. Informing partners can help to reduce the amount of infections in the community.
Can you have an STI if you have no symptoms?
Yes. Some STIs such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea often have no symptoms. If you feel you may be at risk it is important that you attend for testing as STIs can lead to serious health complications if left untreated.
How do I know how long I have had an STI for?
You can’t. This is why regular testing is advised. It’s possible for infections such as HIV to take years before any symptoms show. Between a quarter and a third of people with HIV in the UK haven’t been diagnosed. Chlamydia often has no symptoms, but it can affect your fertility if left untreated. If you’re in any doubt, contact us to arrange an appointment.
Can I request to see a male or female doctor?
If you are making an appointment we will endeavour to accommodate your request. If you are attending a drop in clinic we cannot guarantee that this option will be available. All of our doctors are specially trained and used to seeing both male and female patients.