Sexual Health Clinic
Medical Express Clinic is a leading private sexual health clinic in London. We understand that a Genito-Urinary Medical (GUM) examination can be uncomfortable. At Medical Express Clinic, testing for Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs) is carried out in a quick, discreet and professional manner with a focus on comfort for our patients. As a part of our sexual health services, we also provide helpful advice on emergency contraception, physical relationships, and safe sexual intercourse. Our health advisers are always here to provide you with advice to support and maintain your ongoing sexual health.
Did you know that your consultations with your GP and results of the tests that they order are noted on your NHS Medical record? This is to ensure continuity of care across departments and across the country, it and helps the NHS to run safely and effectively. There are however, some downsides to this procedure.
Prospective employers and insurance companies can request access to this information in the future and will assess your medical record as part of their employment process or insurance underwriting.
At Medical Express Clinic, we offer private sexual health screening carried out with absolute discretion, use a pseudonym if you want, we don’t mind!
Your results will never be shared with anyone, unless at your request.
A blood draw fee of £35 is payable for STI blood tests, urine tests and swabs carry no surcharge.
At Medical Express Clinic, we provide tests and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections. We treat our patients with the utmost care and respect during their initial visit. When you attend, we will ask for biological samples, either urine, a blood sample, a swab or all of the above. These samples are then sent to our network laboratories.
We only use the industry leading PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, to ensure absolute accuracy in all of our sexual health screens. In the case of an infection, we will contact you via your chosen means, informing you of the results. If your results were not the news you were hoping for, it’s time to take action. We offer a full package of care, from a consultation with a specialist through to prescriptions for antibiotics/antivirals and scheduling follow up appointments for review.
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease that affects both men and women in the age group of 15 to 24 years. It is caused by the bacteria known as Neisseria Gonorrhoeae and may infect the cervix, genitals, rectum, throat and urethra. Symptoms include unusual discharge, burning sensation when urinating, unusual bleeding or spotting as well as pain or inflamation of the genitals. Gonorrhoea can also affect the throat when the infection has been contracted through oral sex. You can catch gonorrhoea when you have anal, oral or vaginal sex with someone else suffering from an infection. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria called Treponema pallidum. It occurs when you have intercourse with someone who has already been infected. The early sign of the disease is a small and painless sore – known as chancre that appears on the rectum, inside your mouth on your sexual organs. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that can be transmitted from one person to another during unprotected sex. It is caused by the bacteria known as bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis passed between people by oral, vaginal or anal sex. If you are experiencing symptoms of this disease, then you may have abdominal pain, fever and abnormal discharge of the vagina or penis. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). It may pass from one person to another during anal or vaginal intercourse and oral sex. Pregnant women with genital herpes during pregnancy may pass the infection to their new-born baby thus, causing life-threatening neonatal HSV. Symptoms can be managed with anivirals, however there is no complete cure.
HIV or human immunodeficiency virus attacks your immune system and weakens your chance of fighting against disease. It occurs when you have unprotected intercourse with someone infected with the HIV virus. It can be passed by sharing infected needles or other injecting equipment, HIV-positive mother to her baby during pregnancy, child birth and breastfeeding. AIDS is the syndrome developed during the final stage of HIV when your body cannot fight life-threatening infections. There is no cure for HIV, however treatment is available and getting better every year.
Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection or STI. If you have vaginal, oral or anal sex with someone who already has this virus, then you too are exposed to HPV. Some areas of the body where HPV may infect are – cervix, penis, head, neck, vagina, mouth and vulva. As with herpes, the viral infection can be managed with medication, but there is no cure.
Bacterial vaginosis or BV is a vaginal condition that occurs with a pungent and unpleasant smell. If you are having BV, your discharge may become grey or white and turn thin or watery. Serious complications may take place at the time of pregnancy and there are also chances of its reoccurrence. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a protozoan parasite known as Trichomonas vaginalis (TV). Men suffering from this disease may have irritation in their penis, discharge from penis and burning after ejaculation or with urination. For women, it may cause a foul-odour vaginal discharge, painful urination and genital itching. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Viral hepatitis is a liver disease caused by different hepatitis viruses like A, B, C, D and E. You may get this disease by eating food or drinking water infected with stool from one person with the virus and by anal or oral contact. Symptoms include – muscle ache, loss of appetite, nausea, headache, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain and dark-coloured urine.
If you need to be treated or tested for a sexually transmitted infection (an STI) the process will be straightforward and all of your details will always be kept confidential. Another thing you need to know, is that most infections of this type can be cured. Genitourinary medicine clinic, also known as a GUM clinic or a clinic that provides sexual health services will be able to conduct the necessary tests and the treatment for most STI’s.
When you reach the sexual health clinic, you will at first have a close discussion with the experts about your concerns. After this you will be asked about your sexual activity and other necessary information related to your health. It is advised to be honest with your doctor so that you may help them carry out the process in the most efficient manner. You will get a chance to talk about any test results with the qualified and experienced sexual health doctors.
Most of the STIs, namely gonorrhoea and chlamydia, can be cured with antibiotics. However, viral infections, like herpes, can be treated and managed to reduce their symptoms and restrict further transmission.
Some sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, hepatitis and syphilis require a blood sample to be taken from the arm of the individual who needs to conduct the test. The result will normally take about one week. All sex partners should undergo necessary testing even if the result shows no infection, and should abstain from intercourse until results are received.
Normally you will be seen within a week for a swab if an STI is suspected. For females who need to have diagnostic swabs then it is better that they are not having a period when they are being tested.
To test for STIs, samples need to be taken from your body. That might mean taking a swab from the mouth as in the rapid HIV test, from vaginal fluids, from the tip of the penis if a urethral swab test is needed, or from blood or urine.
The staff in the STD testing clinic will never judge you and will keep everything you say confidential. The questions they ask are to ensure that they get you diagnosed and treated as fast as possible for the relevant STIs.
The best way to protect against contracting or passing on an infection is to use a condom each and every time you have sex. You should always remember that having an STI once does not mean that you will be immune in the future; it will be possible to get the same infection again. No one wants to think they have an STI but getting treatment from a renowned STD testing clinic early can give the best chance of a fast cure. Practicing safe sex is always going to be the best way to ensure that you do not contract an STI.
Medical Express Clinic offers sexual health counselling service that includes – risk reduction interventions, sexual health advice, and a suitable opportunity to talk about your sexual identity, relationships and concerns related to alcohol and drug use.
We also provide references to local psycho sexual services for you. Feel free to speak with our health advising team and schedule an appointment based on your need.
What is an STI?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STDs) or venereal diseases (VD), are infections that are spread by sexual activity – typically vaginal, anal and oral sex. Frequently, STIs initially are symptomless, which is why it is important to get screened regularly.
Can an STD be detected from a blood test?
Most STDs can be tested through a simple blood test and urine sample. At the Medical Express Clinic, our experienced doctors can check for the following STDs:
In some cases, blood tests aren’t as accurate as other forms of testing. It may also take a month or longer after being exposed to certain STIs for blood tests to be reliable. For example, if HIV is contracted, it can take up to 28 days to a few months for tests to detect the infection.
The most common way to get false negative Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests would be from testing too soon after you had sex or by urinating too soon if testing with urine. With Gonorrhoea, most results are accurate just a week after exposure, whereas, with Chlamydia, most results are accurate 2 weeks after exposure.
What STDs can be cured?
STDs caused by bacteria can be treated and often cured with antibiotics. Some bacterial STDs include; Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma Genitalium. STDs caused by viruses can be controlled, but not cured. If you get a viral STD, you will unfortunately always have it
How long does it take to get results from a urine test for STDs?
It usually takes 3 to 4 days to get the results from either a swab or a urine test for STDs as these samples are cultured for bacteria in the lab.
How long does it take to know if you have an STD?
When symptoms do appear, they may show up as early as two days after exposure but can take as long as one month or even years in some cases. Syphilis for example, the chancre characteristic of the first stage of syphilis appears, on average, twenty-one days after infection, but may appear anytime between 10 to 90 days after exposure.
How can a urine test detect chlamydia in your throat?
Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are actually bacterial infections that takeplace in the anus, genitals or throat. Chlamydia or gonorrhea infections of the throat cannot be detected at the time of urine test but should be assesses before the use of an oral swab.
Can Gonorrhoea be detected in a urine test?
Yes, it can. Urine testing for Gonorrhoea has become a standard practice over the last couple of years across the UK and at the Medical Express Clinic.
Can a urine test help in detecting bacterial infection?
The common reason for urine test is to find the bacterial infection in the drainage system of your body for removing urine and in your urinary tract. Urine tests help to discover if you have an infection and detect offending organism. This will enable the doctor to know how the infection can be treated with the right prescribed medicine.
What are some signs of an STI?
Some signs are abnormal discharge from the penis, vagina or anus, pain at the time of urination, skin growths or lumps around the anus or genitals.
What are some signs of an STI?
Some signs are abnormal discharge from the penis, vagina or anus, pain at the time of urination, skin growths or lumps around the anus or genitals.
Can you visit your GP for STI testing?
If you have a sexually transmitted infection or STI, see your GP at the genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic. Usually, STIs can be treated successfully, but you should get the symptoms checked early.
Can you perform an STD test from your doctor?
Most doctors will agree to screen you for the STDs if you ask them for it. However, some doctors are extremely bad atin the screening. They might not consider testing important and even not know about some screening tests like genital herpes.
How can an STI test usually be done?
The tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia require urine sample only in case of woman. Testing for syphilis and HIV and needs the blood sample while the tests for herpes are not needed unless you have sores on the anus or genitals.
What are some symptoms of STDs?
Can sexually transmitted diseases go away?
Some STDs such as hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis may cause infections in your body. Sometimes you can have an STD without any signs or symptoms. Other times, the symptoms might go away by themselves. There are some STDs that cannot be treated but most of them can be cured when detected inon time.
How much will it cost to test for STDS?
With several health care centre, the costs will vary based on the region you choose. The prices for tests range between $30 and $80 along with $50+ fees for visiting the doctor
What is a GUM clinic?
A gum or genitourinary medicine clinic is the place where there is a session between the doctor and the patient. These are usually located at the hospital or health care centre that provides a wide range of sexual health services like contraception and contraceptionadvice, testing and treating sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Some STI are chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, genitalwarts, as well as counselling and counselling for AIDS and HIV.
What is the work of a GUM clinic?
Sexual health clinics provide various services such as testing and treating different sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
What do GUM clinics need to test for?
Getting necessary tests done and treating your sexually transmitted infections is something confidential and most infections are curable. A genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic has specialists who have done specialisation in sexual health, and conduct tests as well as treatments for different STIs.
What are the three of symptoms of common STDs?
The three most common symptoms that most of our patients experience at first when they contract a common STD include:
What is the most common symptom of an STD?
The most common symptom of an STD in both men and women is painful or burning feeling when urinating, especially if you did not have any previous issues before you have had sex.
Can an STD kill you?
Syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C are serious diseases that can result in long-term health problems and even death. Treatment: Some STDs can be cured with antibiotics; others are permanent but treatment can help manage symptoms.
What STD can occur from kissing?
Herpes is said to be the common sexually transmitted infection that may pass from kissing someone on their mouth. According to experts, the risk associated with getting HIV from kissing is comparatively low than someone who has got a cut in their mouth. This will increase the chance of infection at the time of open-mouth kiss.
What STDs are not curable?
STDs caused by viruses can be controlled, but not cured. If you get a viral STD, you will always have it. Some Viral STDs include HIV, Genital Herpes, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the Hepatitis B Virus.
What can doctors test for STDs?
Can you check for STDs at home?
Although there are ways you can check for STDs at home, we highly advise that you attend a reputable clinic, registered with the CQC, for accurate tests and appropriate advice, treatment or management. Our private clinic offers all of these services with absolute discretion.
How do they test for STDs in females?
A blood or a urine sample can is very often taken to determine whether a female patient has STDs or not. Other ways include swab from the mouth or the genitals.
How long does it take for an STD to show up on the test?
It usually takes 3 to 4 days to get the results from either a swab or a urine test for STDs as these samples are cultured for bacteria in the lab. Blood tests for STDs are usually available within 24 hours.
What STDs can be found in a blood test?
Viral STDs can be detected in a blood test, these include Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis.
How much does it cost to get an STD test?
The price of the test varies depending on the case and the package. At the Medical Express Clinic, our prices start from £250 and end at £665 for the most advanced and thorough testing.
How long does it take to show signs of Chlamydia?
Most people who have Chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, these usually appear between 1 and 3 weeks after having unprotected sex with an infected person. For some people, they don’t develop until many months later.
How long will it require showing signs for gonorrhoea?
In males, the symptoms are usually found in two to seven days after the infection. However, it can take 30 days at the most for symptoms to develop.
Can you get chlamydia test results same day?
The results from the urine tests can be available on the same day you have the test or the very next day. Please speak to our members of staff for more information.
How will you know if you have an STD?
Female STD symptoms can range from none at all, to mild, to severe. Many women will suspect an STD infection if there is an unusual symptom in the genital region, such as itching, a rash, discharge, or vaginal/pelvic pain. The only way to know if an STD is present is to get tested.
Do sexually transmitted diseases go away?
Some STDs such as HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis can cause general body infections. Sometimes you can have an STD with no signs or symptoms. Other times, the symptoms can go away on their own. A few STDs cannot be cured, but most STDs can be cured if you get treated.
How can you get rid of an STD?
STDs that occur due to the virus can be controlled#, however, they cannot be treated. If you are suffering from viral STD, chances are you’ll have it always. Some viral STDs are AIDS/HIV, genital herpes. Many sexually transmitted diseases can be treated if they are diagnosed on time.
Can you get STD if both partners do not have STDs?
If both the partners don’t have STDs, then it is not possible for any of them to get one during intercourse. STDs are passed through genital-to-genital contact and unprotected oral sex.
How can an STD begin?
STDs can spread through direct contact with the infected body fluids like semen, blood or vaginal fluids. They may even be spread by contact with mucous membranes, infected skin, mouth sores. You might be exposed to infected body fluids and skin through anal, oral or vaginal sex.
How long does it take for chlamydia to show up after exposure?
Average incubation periods for common STDs like Chlamydia; many people never have any symptoms. If symptoms do appear, it is usually one to three weeks after exposure to the bacteria.
Can STD be treated completely?
Bacterial STDs can be treated by taking antibiotics when the treatment begins at an early stage. Though viral STDs cannot be cured, you can manage its symptoms with proper medications. There is a vaccine against hepatitis B, however, it won’t help in case you are already suffering from the disease.
Are all STI’s curable?
No, bacterial STDs are treatable with antibiotics if they are treated early on. Viral STDs can unfortunately only be managed with medication. For more information on the different types of STDs, please get in touch with a member of staff in our private sexual health clinic.
Can you get a disease from receiving oral sex?
Yes, it’s possible to get an STD from receiving oral sex without a condom. Herpes can be easily spread from one partner to another during oral sex because it’s passed through skin-to-skin contact and not just fluids. Other STDs like Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia can infect the throat.
What are the most common STI’s in the UK?