Sexual health is an integral part of everyone's general wellbeing
Undetected sexually transmitted infections can bring life-changing consequences for overall health, and in particular for fertility - happily, once detected they are very treatable. Therefore, being screened is a wise and responsible step for your own health, and that of those you care about. Whether you have a specific sexual health concern, or would simply like a routine check (perhaps at the beginning of a new relationship, or in anticipation of trying to conceive) you can be assured of Winchester GP's non-judgmental, fully confidential service for both diagnosis and treatment.
STIs are a widespread concern
According to Public Health England, in 2014 there were approximately 440,000 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. The most common STI was chlamydia with 206,774 new cases diagnosed. It only takes one intimate contact to contract an infection, so if you have ever had unprotected sex, you could be at risk. Further more, many STIs do not show symptoms for long periods of time, so testing is the only way to know for sure whether you (or anyone else) might be affected.
Winchester GP offers affordable testing and counselling for the commonly contracted STIs
Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are two of the most commonly contracted STIs. If you believe that you have been exposed to either of these infections we can offer you testing, clinical advice and follow up treatment through a simple urine test. A further blood test can be used to incorporate a test for syphilis.
Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea Screen £ 115
Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea & Syphilis screen £140
Winchester GP advocates a 'gold standard', fully comprehensive screen for all patients.
Whilst we are happy to test for individual infections, according to your specific concerns, it is widely recognised that where one STI is detected, there is a high chance there will be a separate co-existing infection. With this in mind, Winchester GP advocates a 'gold standard', fully comprehensive screen for each and every patient, covering 15 potential infections. Our favoured screen is the early detection package, which can detect the key viral STIs (HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) within just 10 days of initial exposure, thereby removing the need for re-testing after a further incubation period.
How do I book?
Simply phone 01962 776010, stating your requirement for STI screening. We will book you a standard 20 minute appointment, during which you can discuss your concerns, and your doctor will take the relevant combination of blood and urine samples and swabs. You will then get a follow up call from your doctor, approximately 2 days later, at a mutually convenient time, with your test results, and to discuss any necessary treatment.
Are you aiming to conceive?
Winchester GP can offer a full range of fertility and pre-conception care and advice, including onward referrals to fertility specialists, as required.
Winchester GP Gold Standard Screening Packages
Standard blood tests detect HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C after the following incubation periods: HIV usually 10-90 days but up to 180 days, Hep B average of 60 - 90 days, Hep C average of 45 - 65 days. Therefore, if using the standard tests, re-testing after a further incubation period may be necessary. Winchester GP recommends using the Early Detection tests for prompt peace of mind.