The Test

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By Steve Page

What is a window period?

Is the time it takes for the infection, whatever it is, to show on a test.

The HIV and syphilis window period is 3 months.

The chlamydia and gonorrhoea window period is 2 weeks.

If you think you have put yourself at risk of an infection within these window periods we would advise you to test now and then test again once again after the window period.

Will I ever need to have another test?

You should have another test if you or your partner have unprotected sex with someone else. We don’t mind how often you have a test!

What if I don’t want to take the test?

This is not a problem. You have every right to refuse to take part in any programme. It will not affect the way you are looked after in the future. If you change your mind, you are welcome to come for a test at any time.

Will my GP be told I have taken the test?

We don’t usually inform your GP that you have taken a test. We make every effort to ensure people with a positive result receive antibiotic treatment. If you haven’t collected your antibiotics, we may contact your GP to assist us. You can let us know if you don’t want us to contact your GP under any circumstance.

Will the test hurt?

We only need a urine sample to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea so the test for those two infections do not hurt at all.

The test for HIV and syphilis is a finger prick blood sample, so it creates a tiny pin prick in your finger and you place 5 small drops of blood on a sample card.

Who will find out I’ve had a test?

We will not be telling anyone you’ve had a test.

You will need to think about who you need to tell if you have a positive test.

Is the test always right?

No test is 100% accurate, but this test is very sensitive and specific to these infections.

If my tests are negative does it mean my partner is negative?

No. Your test result reveals only your status and does not indicate whether or not your partner has any of the sexually transmitted infections you have been tested for.

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