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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)

Tests and Treatments

Most STIs can be easily diagnosed and treated at Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics which are usually based in local hospitals. If you think you may have an STI, you can refer yourself to any GUM clinic for advice and treatment. The service is completely confidential and you don't have to go to your nearest clinic if you don't want to.

Tests for STIs vary. Some involve taking swabs from the cervix or tip of the penis. Others involve taking a blood sample.

Before being tested it is usual to see a health adviser who will discuss safer sex with you so that you can avoid infections in the future. Counseling is usually offered before testing for HIV so that you are prepared for the implications of the test result if it is positive.

If you test positive for any STI, the clinic will encourage you to talk to your current partner and, where relevant, previous partners, so that they can also be tested. If you prefer, the clinic can do this for you without revealing your identity. Most STIs are treatable with antibiotics.