STIs

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

All our services are free and confidential.

We provide a comprehensive Sexual Health Service including screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV testing, treatment and follow up, sexual health information, and support.

You can walk in or book an appointment on Tel. 01704 513303.

You don’t need to be referred by anyone and you don’t need to be registered with a GP to attend.

The service is open to anyone who has concerns about sexually transmitted infections – whether you have symptoms or would just like a check up.

 

Range of Service

  • Information and advice on sexual health
  • Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Free and confidential diagnosis and management for people with symptoms of STIs
  • Tests for STIs and HIV for people without symptoms
  • Further management (including contact tracing)
  • Safer sex advice and counselling
  • HIV testing and counselling. (Accurate test results is possible 4 weeks after exposure)
  • Post exposure prophylaxis for HIV following known or possible exposure.
  • Dedicated young person clinics (25 years and under)
  • Advice about any reproductive and sexual health worries you may have
  • Emergency contraception
  • Hepatitis B screening and immunisation for those at risk of contracting the infection
  • Free condoms and lubricant

 

What tests can I have?

We offer routine tests for:

 

Swabs/urine tests

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea

It is recommended to take the test two weeks after exposure (unprotected sex) for an accurate result. However, if you have symptoms, please attend as soon as possible.

 

Blood tests

  • HIV: We will routinely offer the test (accurate results are only possible 4 weeks after exposure).
  • Syphilis: (accurate results are only possible after 3 months following exposure).

 

  • We also offer tests for:
  • Non-specific urethritis (This test is for men only)
  • Candida (thrush)
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Trichomoniasis

(The last three are vaginal infections. These infections are commonly found in women but men can be affected too)

  • Hepatitis B and C: These are infections of the liver caused by viruses. We may offer this test if we feel you may be at risk. (Hep B results are only accurate if the test is made 3 months after exposure).

 

We also offer for women:

  • A pelvic examination
  • Genital skin check

 

For men we offer:
A testicular examination
A genital skin check

 

The following leaflets are produced by Family Planning Association (unless stated) and provide more detailed information on each STI.

There is referral form available for health professionals to refer a patient into our GU service in the Professionals Only Referral Forms and Downloads section in the footer of this website’s home page.

Chlamydia (PDF)

Genital Herpes (PDF)

Genital Warts (PDF)

Gonorrhoea (PDF)

HIV (PDF)

Non-specific urethritis (PDF)

Pubic Lice and Scabies (PDF)

Syphilis (PDF)

Trichomonas Vaginalis (PDF)

Thrush and Bacterial Vaginosis (PDF)

Oral Sex: Looking After Your Sexual Health (PDF)

Read more at http://www.fpa.org.uk/resources/leaflet-and-booklet-downloads#v63cTt0E7X6bbXGF.99

 

 

New Information on Viral Hepatitis

What is Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis A, B and C are viruses that can harm the liver which is one of the organs in the body responsible for clearing toxins. The liver is situated on the top right-hand side of the abdomen. The harm caused can lead to liver failure which may result in chronic illness or death. Sometimes the body can clear the virus itself but at other times treatment may be needed.  In some cases, a liver transplant is required. Viral hepatitis can affect anybody.

Symptoms of viral hepatitis

Viral hepatitis may be asymptomatic but symptoms may include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle ache
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting (Hepatitis A only)

 

Viral Hepatitis testing

The test involves taking a small amount of blood from your arm. The results will become available from the clinic in two weeks’ time.

How Viral Hepatitis is spread

Hepatitis A is caught through the faecal-oral route. This means it can be caught through infected food, oral and anal sex/rimming/fingering. Poor hand washing can also encourage spread as small amounts of faeces may be transferred into the mouth.

Hepatitis B and C, like HIV, can be acquired:

  • By having anal or vaginal sex
  • By sharing needles or injecting equipment
  • From mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding

 

How to reduce the spread of Viral Hepatitis

Currently, there is an outbreak of Hepatitis A among men who have sex with men in parts of the United Kingdom.

The best way to reduce the risk of transmission of:

Hepatitis A – use condoms, dental dams and good hand washing technique.

Hepatitis B & C – use condoms and not sharing needles.

There are vaccinations available against Hepatitis A and B. Currently, in our clinic, only the Hepatitis B vaccine is offered routinely to men who have sex with men and other at risk groups including commercial sex workers and their clients. If you want the Hepatitis A vaccine, you may make an appointment to discuss this with one of our doctors or see your GP.

If you feel you are at risk of contracting Hepatitis B due to contact with the virus in the last 7 days, you should attend A&E for treatment as soon as possible. Hepatitis B vaccination can also offer some protection if given up to 6 weeks following contact.