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Discreet And Professional Sexual Health Testing From £142.50 (inclusive of a Private GP appointment)

Sexual Health is a vitally important yet often overlooked aspect of health and wellbeing in modern society. Every sexually active man and woman should be aware of their sexual health status. We offer STD testing packages which cover the most common sexually transmitted diseases, or you can choose one of our individual tests.

It is important to remember that screening tests are ideally for confirmation of a healthy status – either before embarking on a new sexual relationship or as an annual checkup. After unprotected sexual intercourse, it is important to inform the clinician about the day it happened, as there is a time delay between catching an infection and seeing its presence in a test.

Should someone have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, such as unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, or unexplained sores in the genital area, the doctor might want to start treatment while the results of any investigations are pending, and other tests might be required which are not included in the screening profiles.

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What’s included in each STD Testing Package?
Tests for
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • HIV 1&2
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B & C
  • Sample Type
  • From suspected exposure
  • Results returned


  • Urine
  • 14 days +
  • Same or next day


  • Urine & Blood
  • 28 days +
  • Same or next day


  • Urine & Blood
  • 28 days +
  • Same or next day
Sexually transmitted diseases explained

We don’t often talk about sexually transmitted diseases, so whilst we may have heard of the names, most people do not know what they are or how they can affect us. Allow us to explain:


What is it?

Chlamydia are small and hard to detect bacteria. The infection is mostly transmitted during unprotected vaginal or anal sex, and is now the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK.

What can it cause?

In women, it can inflame the neck of the womb (cervicitis) and all the pelvic organs (pelvic inflammatory disease), which might lead to ectopic pregnancies and infertility if not treated. It can also inflame the liver region.

In men, it can cause inflammation in the testicular and anal areas.

Both men and women can have an inflammation of the lower urinary tract (urethritis) and arthritis, and mothers can infect their babies during birth.

Good to know

70-75% of infected women and 50% of infected men have no symptoms – but can still suffer complications!

In anyone with symptoms, additional tests might be required, and antibiotic treatment might need to be started before any test results are back.


What is it?

Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoea. It can be transmitted during unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

What can it cause?

Symptoms, signs and complications vary between men and women, but most infected people complain of a significant discharge from the penis, vagina or anus. Gonorrhoea can cause prostate and testicular inflammation in men and pelvic organ inflammation in women. It can also spread into the whole body through the blood stream, but this is rare.

Good to know

In patients showing obvious symptoms and signs of gonorrhoea, it is important to test which antibiotic works as the bacteria is known to be resistant to many of them. It might take 2-7 days after catching the infection before a test shows it.


What is it?

Syphilis is an infection with a bacterium called Treponema pallidum, and can be transmitted by infected lesions being in contact with either the soft inner genital membranes or any broken skin. It is also transferred to the infant during pregnancy and birth.

What can it cause?

This infection starts off with a lesion called a chancre: a small, usually single painless sore, appearing raised and solid. It occurs mostly around the genitals but can present anywhere. After three to six weeks it will heal, but in the next (secondary) stage, more generalized symptoms occur such as rashes, wart like lesions, sores, hair loss and feeling unwell. Again, these might fade but if untreated, up to 40 years later complications occur including tumors, heart and blood vessel problems and nerve disorders such as paralysis, blindness, psychosis and dementia.

Good to know

If there is a risk of infection either due to symptoms or a possible risky exposure, the doctor might recommend further tests.

Since the late 1990s, the numbers of syphilis cases have steadily increased – it is not rare anymore.

HIV 1 & 2

What is it?

HIV is a viral illness, which can be transmitted through sexual fluids during sexual intercourse, but also blood and breast milk.

What can it cause?

This virus causes very few initial symptoms. Only some patients experience a flu like illness with fever and swollen glands, which settles on its own. Over time though the virus attacks a number of cells in the human body, which impairs the person’s immune defences. AIDS is when this person develops certain types of rare infections or cancers due to their reduced immunity.

Good to know

Our standard STD screens will need at least 28 days after the last possible exposure to HIV to pick up an infection with high certainty, but the add-on HIV early detection test can show an infection as early as ten days after a possible exposure.

Hepatitis B & C

What is it?

Both types of hepatitis are caused by viruses. Hep B infection mostly occurs through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, and Hep C through contact with infected blood, for example during sexual intercourse.

What can it cause?

Hep B might have few or no symptoms, but usually causes a flu like illness. Over a long time, it can lead to scarring of the liver and liver cancer.

Hep C does not cause symptoms in 70-80% of people, only some feel under the weather or are jaundiced. Long term, ca 75% of Hep C infections lead to liver disease and possible scarring (cirrhosis).

Good to know

Hep B is preventable by immunisation, and can be contained by medication – not necessarily cured, though.

Hep C treatments can be a cure for many, but afterwards the patient can catch Hep C again.


What is it?

Herpes is caused by two closely related viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2. After the initial infection, the virus remains in particular nerve ends, and from there can reactivate at any time, causing recurring symptoms.

The virus can be transmitted through direct skin contact (either soft inner skins – “mucous membranes” – or broken outer skin) with a contagious area, or from mother to infant during the birth. In addition to being contagious when obvious lesions are present, patients can shed and therefore spread the virus without having symptoms.

What can it cause?

Both types typically cause lesions: blisters which turn into painful sores, then crust over and slowly heal. The local lymph nodes might also be swollen, and some people develop fever. This is usually worst with the first episodes.

HSV-1 tends to infect the area around the mouth (“cold sores” or labial herpes) and HSV-2 around the genital area, but this varies: HSV-1 is now the most common cause of genital herpes in the UK.

Good to know

There is no cure for herpes, but it is worth knowing what might trigger a reactivation. Typical triggers include:

Being ill, feeling stressed, exposure to UV light (e.g. a holiday in the sun or skiing), bad nutrition, and friction in the genital area.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

What is it?

HPV stands for human papillomavirus – there are 150+ types of HPV, and over 40 have a preference for the genital area. Infection occurs during sexual intercourse by skin-to-skin contact, and rarely also from mother to infant during birth.

What can it cause?

HPV infection can cause visible warts, but it can have no obvious signs. In most people, the infection is eventually cleared away by the body’s own immunity, but a small number of HPV types can persist and cause cell changes that might lead to cancer. The most common HPV caused cancer is cervical cancer in women, but it can also be a cause of cancers in the throat and mouth, anus and external genitals.

Good to know

HPV is very common: Around 80% of sexually active people have a HPV infection during their life. Vaccination is available against a small number of HPV types. Obvious warts can usually be treated, but less obvious warts and asymptomatic infection might escape detection. The offered tests focus on the HPV types that are deemed a high risk to cause cancers.

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