These tests are mainly done to detect sexually transmitted diseases that are caused by bacteria - namely Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma.
Any unprotected sexual contact may result in a contamination with an STI. Not every sexually transmitted infection shows symptoms. Therefore, it is really difficult to know if you are suffering from any STDs or if you are likely to transmit it to others.
Therefore, getting yourself tested for bacterial infections is important. The procedure involved is very simple and fast. Moreover, there is nothing to worry about even if you test positive. Medicines today cover most bacterial STIs which can be effectively treated.
At Walk in Clinic London, we offer a comprehensive package of tests for bacterial STDs. It includes a PCR test for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia. The result of the PCR takes between 2-5 days. We also provide swab tests for additional bacterial STIs. A swab is sent for culture analysis to a reputable laboratory. Urine tests take between 2-5 days and bacterial swabs 48-72 hours. It is a reliable way to detect any sexually transmitted disease.
You must not pass urine for at least 2 hours prior to the test.
Anyone who has had unprotected sex (that is sex without using a condom) should go for an STI test, particularly if you have multiple partners. It is also recommended that this test should be routinely done if you have a new partner.
Yes. Smear tests do not check for bacterial infections, although the test procedure is almost the same. Therefore, you need to go for an STD screen even if you have had a smear test recently.
The blood test screen is suitable for patients considered a higher risk category. A bacterial screen is sufficient for very common infections caught more easily. The doctor or health care professional will advise which is best for you.