Sexual Health Clinic
Private STD Screening & STI Testing
Gynaecology Clinic is a leading reputed private sexual health clinic in Harley Street, London. We have a team of gynaecologists who will run the necessary tests and treatments for all kinds of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We also give valuable advice on – pregnancy, emergency contraception, physical relationships and birth control for your improved sexual health and overall well being. You can be assured of getting discreet sexual health service from our professionals in confidence at our sexual health practice.
Sexual health testing at our clinic
If your sexual health history and present symptoms suggest that you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI), then performing laboratory tests may help to identify the cause of any infections you may have.
- Blood tests - Blood tests verify the diagnosis of HIV or later stages of syphilis.
- Urine samples - Some STIs are confirmed on urine sample.
- Fluid samples - If you have open genital sores, then your doctor might test fluid and samples from the sores to identify the infection.
Sexual Health Screening at our clinic
The testing for a disease without any symptoms is known as screening. Mostly, STI screening is not a routine part of health care, however there are exceptions behind it:
- Everyone can have the test – STI screening test can be done for anyone in the age group of 13 to 64. This saliva or blood test is done to identify human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. According to experts, people at higher risk need to have an HIV test every year.
- Pregnant women – All pregnant women should get screened for hepatitis B, HIV, chlamydia and syphilis at their first prenatal visit. Gonorrhea and hepatitis C screening tests are usually recommended once during pregnancy to detect higher risks of infections.
- Women who are over 21 – The Pap test screening for cervical abnormalities show – precancerous changes, inflammation and cancer that can occur due to some strains of human papillomavirus or HPV. According to the experts, it has been suggested that women have Pap testing every three years from the age of 21. After they turn 30, women can have an HPV DNA test and a Pap test in every five years.
- Women below 25 who are sexually active – According to experts, all sexually active women below 25 should get tested for chlamydia. This test uses a sample of urine or vaginal fluid that is collected by the patient.
Some gynaecologists suggest you to repeat a chlamydia test three months after a positive test and treatment. Re-infection can occur from an untreated partner and so, undergoing the second test helps to confirm if the infection has been treated properly. You may catch chlamydia several times so it is essential to test again when you have a new sex partner.
- Men who have sex with men – Men who enjoy sex with men usually have a greater risk of getting sexually transmitted infections. There are several public health groups that offer yearly or more frequent STI screening. Regular tests for Chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and gonorrhea are necessary and proper evaluation for hepatitis B might be recommended too.
- People who have HIV – If you are HIV positive, then this increases your risk of getting other STIs. Experts recommend tests for gonorrhea, Chlamydia, herpes and syphilis after you have been diagnosed with HIV. They also suggest people with HIV get screened for hepatitis C.
Women who have HIV might develop cervical cancer and so, they need to undergo a Pap test within one year of being diagnosed with HIV and then test again in the next six months.
- People with a new sex partner – Before having anal or vaginal intercourse with a new partner, both of you should get tested for STIs. However, routine testing for genital herpes is not suggested until you have symptoms.
It is also possible to get infected with an STI and get negative result, particularly if you have been infected recently. So if symptoms persist seek medical help.
Why choose us as your sexual health clinic in Harley Street?
- Book online or walk in for same day appointment
- Early STD screening including HIV
- Immediate HIV tests results
- Male/Female HPV swab testing for higher risk subtypes
- Testing done by experienced gynaecologists at the clinic
Get advice from our experts about your sexual health condition
Our experienced gynaecologists are always willing to offer help if you need their advice or to discuss any potential risks you are exposed to. You should consider getting tested after having unsafe sex, whether or not you have any symptoms. In many cases, the infection will not be accompanied by any symptoms until a much later stage.
Getting tested enables any infections to be detected early and stop them from developing into something more serious. Most sexual health infections can be treated easily by taking antibiotics and consulting with your gynae expert.