When to take tests:
If you are attending any of our clinics, please do not pass urine/wee/pee for 2 hours before. This is for two reasons:
- Our chlamydia and gonorrhoea tests require you to have not passed urine for 2 hours. This allows the infection to be picked up on the swabs. If you do urinate/wee/pee within two hours of the swabs being taken, the test result may be inaccurate.
- We may require a urine sample from you.
We will ask you personal information during your visit. Females may be asked when their last period was and what contraception they use. All patients may be asked when they last had sex, whether condoms were used and what medications they are taking. Please think about this information before attending so that you can offer this information to the doctor/nurse during your visit.
Our walk-in clinics can be very busy and our appointment clinics can sometimes over run. Please be prepared for either of these.
We have both male and female doctors and nurses working within the department. If you would specifically like to be seen by a male or female member of staff
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
It is recommended that we take tests from you two weeks after your risk (sex with the person you are worried about).
HIV and Syphilis (blood tests)
We need to test you 12 weeks after your risk.
The time between coming into contact with an infection and tests being able to detect its presence is known as the ‘window period’. STIs can still be passed on during the window period even though they might not be detected. As HIV may not show up on the test straightaway you may be asked to return for a test three months after the encounter that put you at risk of HIV.
If you have symptoms that you are concerned about such as a discharge, or pain when urinating, please attend the clinic as soon as possible.
If you are at all worried or concerned about window periods for testing, the doctor or nurse you see will be able to advise you accordingly.