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If you’ve never had an STI test before then you may be wondering what will happen or even worrying that it could be painful or embarrassing. STI testing is actually a very simple process that is just like having any other kind of medical test.
Anyone who has been sexually active could have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Any kind of sexual activity can transmit an STI and some infections can also be passed from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth. If you are sexually active then it is a good idea to get screened for STIs, but there are some times when it is particularly important to get tested.
You should arrange an STI test if:
When you visit the 132 Healthwise clinic for STI testing, the appointment will usually begin with a few questions about your health and sex life. Asking these questions can help the doctor to work out which tests you might need, as different kinds of STIs can have different effects. Mr Michael Stafford is a friendly and experienced doctor who will ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the appointment, so you should relax and be honest when answering.
You might have the following tests:
STI screening is especially important for women because many sexually transmitted infections can cause serious problems even if there aren’t any noticeable symptoms. You could suffer from issues such as infertility or miscarriage if you have an untreated STI.
Women may need to have an extra STI test, which is a swab from the vagina. You will usually be able to take this by yourself, with the doctor’s instructions. However, if you need a swab from the urethra (the tube where you pass urine) then the doctor will need to perform it for you. Urethral swabs can be uncomfortable, but they are quick and shouldn’t be very painful.
Many men feel anxious about having an STI test or worry that it might be invasive or painful. However, testing for STIs in men is a very simple process. The doctor may need to take a swab from your urethra (where urine comes out), but this shouldn’t hurt. It might feel a bit strange or uncomfortable, but it will be over in a few seconds and it could protect you against potentially serious STIs.
It’s very easy to arrange STI testing in London. Many clinics, including free GUM clinics can perform the tests and provide STI treatment if necessary. If you’re looking for a discrete and comfortable private clinic in London for STI testing, then you should make an appointment at 132 Healthwise. Mr Michael Stafford will ensure that you get the appropriate tests and treatment. If you are pregnant and need STI tests then he can also help you to explore your options.