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What happens at an STI clinic?

What happens at an STI clinic?

You will need to make an appointment for most clinics, unless they provide a drop-in service. You don’t have to be referred by your GP.

The length of time that you will be at the clinic can vary. If you have no symptoms it tends to be shorter and if you have a specific problem, it may take a bit longer. STI clinics tend to be busy places and you may be waiting for a while to be seen.

You will be asked questions about your sex life. Doctors and nurses working in STI clinics are there to help and they have heard it all! It’s a good idea to be honest in your answers and worries - don’t worry about shocking them - they’ve heard it all before! Then you will have a series of tests. Blood tests are used to test for HIV, Hepatitis B and syphilis. Swabs and urine are used to examine material from a discharge or an infected area.

Sometimes you will get some of your results and treatment on the same day. After you’ve had your tests and treatment (if necessary), you’ll be told how results will be made available to you. It’s important that you know how results are communicated to you. It’s also important that the contact details that you give to the clinic are correct otherwise they won’t be able to contact you.

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