Gynae UK is a private gynaecology clinic in London. We test for STDs in our clinic in a very convenient, discreet and professional manner paying great attention to the comfort and well-being of our patients. We have decades of experience in helping patients to feel relaxed and at ease during what is, to most people, unpleasant experience in and of itself.
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There are several benefits to be enjoyed when you choose us as your private sexual health (GUM) screening. Some of them are:
Gynae UK helps patients test for and treat STIs. In our clinic, our patients are treated with the utmost respect and care when they visit us. To commence these tests, we usually request a sample of blood, urine, or swab. Sometimes, all of them as the case may be. We send these samples to our related laboratories for the tests.
To ensure that the results we get from the tests are very accurate we use industry leading PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests for all our screening on sexual health. If you have an infection, we will reach out to you through the means you will provide and let you know about the outcome of your test in a very subtle manner. If your result turned out the way you least expected, we would help you with our next course of action — the treatment.
We offer total care for infections and diseases discovered through the test result. We offer consultations with our specialists, who will prescribe you some antibiotics and/or antiviral medications, set up your treatment plan, and some follow-up appointments to confirm everything is working well.
When having a consultation with your GP, the tests and results you obtain from them are always included in your NHS Medical record. This is what helps you have continuous care at any part of the country, and it helps the NHS run its affairs effectively and smoothly. Though these procedures are good, they have some disadvantages.
This information can be accessed by your employers and insurance companies in the future if they demand it. This is typically as a part of their process of employment or insurance underwriting. Any diagnoses will remain on your file and may affect insurance premiums.
With Gynae UK, we are very discreet about your sexual health screening, and if you prefer a pseudonym, we can offer you that. Your results stay between you and us; no one else will ever get to know except if you want them to.
|Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and trichomonas||£94|
|Herpes I & II||£72.50|
|HIV I & II||£157|
We usually charge £35 as a blood draw fee when carrying out a blood test. Urine tests and swabs for STIs carry no surcharge.
Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, is a condition of the vagina that is mostly noticed during pregnancy. It is characterised by an unpleasant and pungent smell. Those with BV usually have a whitish or grey coloured discharge which may be very thin or watery. This condition can cause serious complications when it occurs during pregnancy, and it has some chances of reoccurrence. It is usually treated with antibiotics.
This is a sexually transmitted infection contracted by unprotected sex with an infected partner. A bacterium called Chlamydia Trachomatis is responsible for this infection, and it is transferred during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. The symptoms of this infection include fever, pain in the lower abdomen, and abnormal vaginal or penile discharge. This condition is treatable by antibiotics.
Gonorrhoea is transmitted through unprotected sexual contact, and it is common in both men and women - most common among people between the ages of 15 to 24. This infection is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria Gonorrhoea, and it commonly affects the throat, urethra, rectum, cervix, and genitals.
Symptoms include inflammation and pain in the genitals, spotting or unusual bleeding, abnormal discharge or a burning sensation during urination. Gonorrhoea of the throat is usually contracted through oral sex, and the rectum via anal sex. It is treatable, typically with antibiotics.
Genital herpes is an viral infection and the virus responsible is called Herpes Simplex (HSV). It is transferred from one person to another during sexual contact - oral, anal or vaginal. Newborn babies may suffer from this infection through a condition called neonatal HSV if their mothers were infected with herpes during pregnancy. The neonatal HSV is a life-threatening condition. Genital Herpes does not have a complete cure but its symptoms can be managed with some antiviral medications.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) targets the immune system and weakens it. This reduces its ability to fight against diseases. It is usually transferred through unprotected sexual intercourse with an already infected partner, sharing of needles and other sharp objects like those used for injections, and can also be transferred from an infected mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
When HIV gets to its final stage, it usually develops a syndrome called AIDS. This occurs when the body has lost all of its ability to fight against life-threatening infections. HIV has no cure though there are treatments available. These treatments get better as the years go by and HIV can be managed in patients so that they live completely normal lives.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is usually transferred during unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex with an infected person. HPV commonly affects the cervix, vagina, penis, head, mouth, and vulva. There is no cure for HPV, but its symptoms can be managed with some medications and many people do not develop symptoms at all as the body clears the infection naturally.
Syphilis is an infection which can be spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex with someone infected with syphilis. It is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed and treatment is commenced early into the infection.
The bug may enter the body through your skin or mucus membranes. As such, it can also be transmitted by kissing someone with a sore or even simply skin to skin contact if you come into contact with a sore or chancre. If left untreated, Syphilis will progress through stages and can even result in death. It can be treated via antibiotics.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease. Its causative parasite is a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas Vaginalis (TV). The symptoms in men usually include irritation on their penis and discharge from the penis, pain during urination and a burning sensation after ejaculation or during urination. Women usually experience discharge with an unpleasant smell, pains during urination and itching of the genitals. It is a treatable condition and antibiotics are typically used for treatment.
This is a disease that affects the liver, and it is caused by hepatitis virus A, B, C, D and E. It can be contracted through direct anal or oral sexual contact. The symptoms of this infection are the pain of the muscles, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, headache, diarrhoea, stomach ache and dark-looking urine.
On your first arrival to a sexual health clinic in London, you will be asked to register with the clinic, you can use any name you wish - however if you are sharing your results with a partner then we do advise you use your real name! Upon registering, if you are currently experiencing symptoms, we recommend that you see our doctor for examination and diagnosis. We advise you to be honest with your doctor so that they can do their job properly. We do not judge anybody for what they do in their own time, and have been screening people for decades, please be honest and don’t leave anything out as you may end up sabotaging your own health.
The tests for some sexually transmitted infections like HIV and Syphilis are performed via blood test and results will be ready within 24 hours. Bacterial testing such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea may take up to 4 working days as the samples need to be grown in the lab on a culture. It is very important to avoid sexual activities until the results are ready as you may risk transmitting an infection to your partner.
It is possible but we do not advise to undergo vaginal swab testing when you are on your period.
For an STI test to be carried out, some samples from your body will be taken. This may involve getting a swab from your mouth if you need to undergo an HIV test. A urethral swab is usually needed; the fluids from your vagina or the tip of your penis will be collected. Sometimes, blood and urine are used.
When you get to a sexual health or GUM clinic, you will be asked the following questions:
What are the symptoms you are currently experiencing?
You will never be judged by the staff of a sexual health clinic; they are trained to keep all your details confidential. The questions they ask will help in getting you diagnosed properly. When the diagnosis is correct, you will be offered treatments that will help resolve your condition as soon as possible.
You can best protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections by ensuring you practice safe sex, especially with new partners. Whether the result of your test is positive or negative, it is still important for you to practice safe sex.
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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can also be called venereal diseases (VD) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These infections are transferred through sexual contact like vaginal, oral and anal sex. Some STIs do not usually have symptoms at the early stage. This is why we advise patients to go for regular health screening.
Yes! Blood tests and urine tests are used for the detection of most STDs. At Gynae Uk clinic, we have experts who can help you get tested and treated for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, Mycoplasma Genitalium, herpes, HIV, hepatitis, etc.
There are some cases where blood tests do not give accurate results. Also, a month or so maybe needed after a person has been exposed to an STI for a blood test to show its presence. For HIV, it usually takes about 28 days or some months after it has been contracted for it to be detectable by a blood test.
Accurate results for gonorrhoea can only be obtained if the test is done after at least one week after being exposed. For chlamydia, two weeks post-exposure is needed.
The use of antibiotics are a sure and easy means of treating and curing bacterial STDs. Some of these bacterial STDs are Mycoplasma Genitalium, Ureaplasma, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhoea. STDs which are caused by viruses cannot be cured — they are usually controlled by medications.
For your results from urine test or swab for STD, you will have to wait for about 3 to 4 working days. This is because there is a need for the samples to be cultured in the lab for bacteria.
Some STDs do not present symptoms, and they cannot be noticed without undergoing an accurate test. STDs that show symptoms may start showing off as soon as two days after being exposed, some may take about one month, several months, and sometimes years as the case may be. For example, syphilis takes about 21 days after exposure for the chancres (the earliest symptoms) to appear. However, there is a possibility for them to appear as early as 10 days or as late as 90 days after exposure.
STDs like gonorrhoea and chlamydia can occur in the genitals, anus or throat. Though urine is used to test for the presence of these STDs, the test will not be able to detect chlamydia or gonorrhoea if it appears in the throat. In cases like this, the oral swab is always used.
Yes. Testing for gonorrhoea with the urine sample of the patient has become a standard practice within the past years.
Urine is commonly used for the detection of bacterial infection because bacteria and other harmful organisms are usually present in the drainage system of the body, which removes urine. Urine often carries these bacteria to a certain level. Urine tests help the doctor to know the right way to treat the disease and the right medication to prescribe.
Some of the most common signs of STDs are pain during urination, burning sensation during urination, abnormal discharge from the anus, vagina or penis, lumps or some skin growths around the genitals or anus.
If you believe you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), visit your GP and get tested. Your STI can be successfully treated if detected at an early stage.
Many doctors will test you for STDs if you require to get tested. However, you may find some doctors do not know how to screen for STDs. Some of them do not see the relevance and may not even know how to test for STDs like genital herpes.
The following symptoms are common with STDs:
Some STDs may lead to other infections in your body; some of these STDs are HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B. Sometimes, STDs come without some symptoms or signs, but other times, the symptoms may disappear on their own. Some STDs can be cured during their early stage while others cannot be cured at all.
The price for testing for an STD varies depending on the area and the clinic you go to. From a rough estimation, the cost should range from £45 to £695.
GUM usually represents genitourinary medicine. A gum clinic is a unit where there is a doctor-patient session about sexual health. This unit is usually a part of a health care centre or hospital. This unit is concerned with offering sexual health services to patients and getting them informed about contraception and STIs. They usually offer advice on how to prevent STIs if you haven’t contracted any or how to manage it if you have.
The major duty of a GUM clinic is to provide sexual health services like testing and offering treatments for many sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
GUM clinics test for sexually transmitted infections and treat the treatable ones in a very confidential way. In a good GUM clinic, you will find specialists in sexual health who will help you carry out the test and treat the STI.
The three most common symptoms for STIs are:
Both men and women have one symptom in common when STDs are concerned. This symptom is feeling pain or a burning sensation when they urinate. This is usually a very clear symptom of a problem especially when they did not occur before having sexual intercourse.
Some STDs like HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis can cause long-lasting health problems and sometimes, they can lead to death. Some of these STDs can be treated and cured with antibiotics while the symptoms of the permanent STDs can be managed with some medications.
The most common sexually transmitted disease that can be contracted through kissing on the mouth is herpes. Oral sex with somebody suffering from a cold sore will also likely transmit the herpes virus. Experts say the risk of contracting HIV through kissing is relatively low, except if the person involved has an open injury in the mouth.
In females, blood and urine are used to test for the presence of STDs. They are often very accurate when it comes to the detection of STDs. Another way of testing for these diseases is having a swab from the genitals or mouth.
Blood tests can detect viral STDs which include hepatitis, HIV and syphilis.
Many patients of chlamydia do not have symptoms. For those with symptoms, they usually appear within the first three weeks after getting involved with unprotected sex with a person that had contracted the disease. Some patients do not get symptoms until after many months.
Men usually start experiencing symptoms of this disease within the first 2 to 7 days after getting infected. In some people however, it may take about 30 days for the symptoms to come up.
If you have an STD, you may notice some changes around your penis or vagina. It is also common however that you may have no symptoms. In the event that you have symptoms, they may be mild, moderate or severe. Most people get a feeling that they have an STD because of some abnormal changes in or around their genitals. These changes may be discharged that is irregular, experiencing itching, or having vaginal or pelvic pain. The only way an STD can be confirmed is through a test.
Viral STDs cannot be eradicated; they can only be controlled. If you have a viral STD, there are great chances that you will always live with it. Some of these viral STDs are HIV and genital herpes.
If you and your partner do not have an STD, then you will not get infected. STDs are only contracted through a contact of the genitals of both parties and from unprotected oral sex. However, if you are in a committed closed relationship, both of you need to stay faithful to each other to continually stay free from STDs. If you are in an open relationship it is advised to undergo screening before you have sexual contact with each new partner.
The transfer of an STD begins when a person comes in direct contact with sores or fluid from the body of an infected person. These fluids are mainly vaginal fluids, semen or blood. An STD can also be transferred by direct contact with the mucous membrane, mouth sores or infected skin. Being exposed to infected skin and body fluids through vaginal or anal sex puts one at great risk.
Bacterial STDs can be treated with antibiotics especially if they are treated at an early stage. Viral STDs have no cure, but with proper medications, they can be managed.
Yes. You can contract an STD by receiving oral sex without using a condom. Herpes can be transferred through direct skin contact and not just through body fluids; this is why a person can contract it through oral sex. Some STDs like gonorrhoea and chlamydia can get the throat infected.
The following sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common in the UK:
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