Sexual health can sometimes be a bit of a taboo subject for many patients, however it is a highly important aspect of your health and well being, and if any infections go untreated this can cause further damaging health issues.
Here are CP medical clinic, our specialists can conduct a variety of sexual health tests which include consultation with the doctor who will take the sample and follow up with a personal phone call at your convenience to discuss your results.
Sexual health checks
If you are sexually active, it’s important you visit a doctor regularly to have sexual health checks, even if you feel nervous about it. Remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way. At the check-ups, you’ll be able to discuss your sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Sexual health checks can involve:
- Tests – e.g. for STIs, pap smears (for women), or sexual dysfunction.
- Discussing contraception– including long term contraception options
- Reproductive issues
Anyone who is sexually active should have sexual health check-ups, but how often and when depends on your lifestyle and sexual activity. A sexual health check is really recommended if the following circumstances apply to you:
- If you think you might have an STI
- If you’ve had unsafe sex, including vaginal, oral and anal sex
- If a condom broke or fell off during sex
- If you or your partner have more than one sexual partners
- If you’ve shared injecting equipment
- If you’re at the start of a new sexual relationship
Questions you could be asked
During a sexual health check you will probably be asked a number of detailed questions about your sexual history. They might include:
- How many sexual partners you’ve had
- About the type of sexual activity you engage in
- Who you have sex with (men, women, or both)
- Whether you have any symptoms that could indicate a sexual health or reproductive problem
As uncomfortable as it is sharing this kind of information with someone you don’t know very well, it’s important to answer any questions honestly; as it could impact on the types of tests or advice you’re given. Untreated STIs can lead to long term health problems like infertility, organ damage or blindness.
Tests that could be performed
With your permission, our doctor may also:
- Examine your external genital area for signs of STIs
- Take swabs of fluid or discharge using a swab for examination under a microscope
- Ask you to provide a urine sample or blood test
For women, perform a vaginal examination, such as a pap smear (a swab on the cervix inside your vagina to test for signs of cervical cancer).
It’s a great idea to ask any questions you may have regarding your sexual health with your doctor to ensure you are informed about the situation.
There is nothing wrong with expecting a same gender practitioner to examine you, if that is what you prefer and we will make every effort to ensure . All examinations will be chaperoned.
STI’s which don’t require ‘incubation’ period and can be treated based on symptoms or concerns are:
- Blemish Screen – a swab of a visible wart, spot or blemish for syphilis, HPV/ genital warts and herpes I/II
- Herpes I/II by swab or urine
- HPV/ Genital Warts if you have a suspected wart
- Women only: High Vaginal Swab
- Women only: Comprehensive Cervical Screen (PAP Smear with HPV)
- Women only: PAP Smear for Cervical Cancer
- Women only: HPV typed DNA (14 High Risk and 6 Low Risk HPV types)
STI Tests from 10 days after any incident, with or without symptoms:
Early Detection Screen for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
STI Tests from 14 days after any incident, with or without symptoms:
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
- Hepatitis C
STI Tests from 28 days after any incident, with or without symptoms:
- Full Screen
- Hepatitis Screen
- Complete Screen
- Pre-Pregnancy Screen
- HIV I/II and p24 antigen HDUO test
- Hepatitis B + C