Why should I get tested?
It is very important to be regularly checked & tested for your STI (sexual health). Anyone who is sexually active, meaning involved in touching someone's genitals, need to keep yourself and others safe.
However, sometimes people decide not to get tested, because they don’t have the right information about STIs and how they are spread and affect others, or because they might be worried about what people will think of them if they test positive for an STI.
However, avoiding testing for whatever reason puts you at risk of getting and passing on STIs, and the good news is it’s easier than ever to get tested. STIs are simply like any other infection, and are best dealt with quickly to avoid passing it on or having long-term complications for your health.
Please remember, condoms does not guarantee protection from STIs.
Preparation for blood test
Normally, blood test only take a few minutes to complete and carried out by our experienced phlebotomist in clinic.
Please do not worry, we are keeping all information safe and send all results via email. You don't have to use your real name if you wish, you can put 'Safe' instead, so information is private and only you will know the results and can deal with it immediately (if needed).
What will happen during your blood test appointment
You will require to read, complete and sign Blood Test Consent form.
A blood test usually involves taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. The arm is a convenient part of the body to use because it can be easily uncovered. The usual place for a sample to be taken from is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface.
A tight band (tourniquet) is usually put around your upper arm. This squeezes the arm, temporarily slowing down the flow of blood and causing the vein to swell. This makes it easier for a sample to be taken.
You may feel a slight prick or scratching sensation as the needle goes in, but it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. If you have an aversion to needles and blood, inform the Receptionist on arrival, so they can make you feel more at ease.
When the sample has been done, the tourniquet will be taken out, and the needle is removed. Pressure will be applied to the skin for a couple of minutes using a clean pad. Sometimes a plaster may be put on the area to keep it clean.
After your Blood Test withdrawal
Small amount of blood will be taken from the vein so you shouldn't feel dizzy and faint during or/and after the test, but you may do. If this has happened to you in the past, tell the phlebotomist so they're aware and can help you feel more comfortable.
And finally Blood Test Results
After a blood sample has been taken, it will be sent to the laboratory where it will be tested.
Most of our test results are ready the following day but some takes longer to be tested, so be patient please.
You will receive your certificate by email along with laboratory report.