When do you have to get tested for STIs?
When do you get tested for an STI? An STI test is the only way to be sure that you have an STI or not. You can have an STI without being bothered by anything, but then you are contagious to others. It is therefore wise to have an STI test done when:
- You've had unsafe sex
- You have symptoms such as warts, blisters, burning puddles or more discharge than usual.
- The condom is torn.
- You have a new relationship and want to make love without a condom
- You've been warned
- You are pregnant and do not want to transfer an STI
*Read more about testing without complaints in our blog.
How does an STI examination work?
We are often asked how an STI examination at our clinic works. Below you will find the steps we take to test and treat you for STIs.
You make an appointment for an STI test at OneDayClinic. Then how does it go on?
After you have made the appointment, there will be a confidential conversation with the doctor. During this interview a number of personal questions will be asked to assess the risk you have run for STDs. Based on these risks, the doctor will give advice on which tests should be taken in your situation. Together with you, a decision will be made about which tests you want to take in the end.
What STIs can I have?
You will be asked a number of questions: whether you have sex with men, women or both sexes and whether you have had oral, anal or vaginal sex. This is because the STIs chlamydia and gonorrhoea can occur in different locations in your body. Infections with these STIs, caused by bacteria, remain fairly local and do not just spread through your body or blood. You may have contracted chlamydia in your anus and not in your throat, but you may have had anal and oral sex.
Do I have to get out of my clothes?
Physical examination is often not necessary. HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B and C are excluded by means of a blood test. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are tested in the man's urine and in the woman's urine by means of a 'self-swab' (i.e. with a cotton swab). If oral and anal sex has taken place, it is excluded via an anal swab or a throat swab. You can do this yourself, but you can also leave this to the doctor.
The examination for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in men can be done using a urine sample. When you are infected, bacteria can be found in the urine in particular. In women, a self-swab is more reliable than a urine test.
- Blood test
Syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV can be detected by means of a blood test.
- Selfswab smear
A smear removes moisture from the vagina. This determines the presence of chlamydia and gonorrhoea. This doesn't hurt. Because chlamydia and gonorrhoea can be found in different locations (vaginal/channel/throat), additional swabs may be required. The doctor will determine in the initial interview whether this is necessary.
Do you have any complaints that indicate an STI? Then don't wait and make an appointment for an STI examination.
What do I have to watch out for before the test?
When making an appointment, it is important to take into account the window phase. The window phase is the period between the sexual contact (possible moment of infection) and being able to detect the infection with the test. For testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea we keep two weeks after the sexual contact (on indication this is sometimes possible earlier). For HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C we stay for three months.
The man shouldn't have been to the bathroom for at least three hours or taken morning urine.
When do I get the results?
Once you have had an STI test, the urine, swab or blood will be tested in the laboratory. You will receive the results of the test within two working days and can be requested via our test results portal. Click here to view your test results directly.
The treatment of an STI
Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. For this treatment you can also contact the OneDayClinic. However, HIV is more difficult to treat. There are medicines to suppress these STIs and their symptoms, but not to remove the viruses from the body. OneDayClinic will guide you for further treatment and refer you to a specialist in the hospital.
Warn your partner
If you have an STD, it is important that you warn your partner(s). Warn not only your current partner, but also your ex-partners. They can also have the STDs without having any complaints. They can then pass these on to their partners unnoticed. By warning your partners, you prevent the STDs from spreading further or that they are faced with serious consequences because they have not been treated.
Would you like to make an appointment for an STI test at OneDayClinic? Click on the button below or call 085 070 3483.