Full STI Screen Test: Key Features
- Lab test with highest level of accuracy
- Detects up to 11 infections
- Fast results service
- Treatments included
Full STI Screen
We have the Full STI Screen, Full Screen Plus and Full Screen Extended available for home sampling.
For most people the Full STI Screen is sufficient and it would be the one that we
would normally recommend where patients have some form of genito-urinary tract symptoms
such as irritation, burning sensation when passing urine or an unusual discharge. Where
you also want to know about blood-borne infections such as HIV, then we recommend
the Full Screen Plus. Full Screen Extended adds swab testing for rectal and throat infections.
What the Tests Cover
I have never heard of some of these infections. Are they serious?
Some infections can cause problems if left untreated. Most bacterial infections are easy to
treat using appropriate antibiotics so it is important to be tested.
Unfortunately the NHS does not test for some of these infections so the only way
to get tested for these is to use a private medical service such as The STI Clinic.
If we detect any of the blood-borne infections, we will recommend a face to face
consultation for confirmatory testing and advice on treatments.
How It Works
The STI Clinic enables you to purchase a sample kit which you use and post back to our laboratory
where your sample is tested and analysed. If your test turns out to be positive, we will provide
you with medication.
How does it work?
The test is based on either a urine sample or a vaginal swab. You provide a sample using
the testing kit that we will supply. The lab will then use your sample to ascertain if
you have any of the infections listed above.
If you are having the Full Screen Plus then we also need a very small blood sample
using a finger prick test. The finger prick test is very easy to perform at home and
only a tiny quantity of blood is required for an accurate result.
What if I test positive for any of these infections?
We will prescribe an appropriate antibiotic or anti-viral for next day delivery if you
test positive for anything on the Full STI Screen. If you test positive for HIV,
Syphilis or Hepatitis on the Full Screen Plus then you will need to follow up
with a doctor face to face for confirmatory venous testing and advice on treatments.
We can provide advice on the location of your nearest clinic if you are in the UK.
How long does the test result take?
The results for the full screen are normally back within 36 hours of the sample being
received at the lab so long as the sample is received on a working day. The blood test
is normally back within 4 hours so we can provide an interim result before the other
results are back. This is the quickest turnaround time in the UK for this comprehensive
test and has been made possible by significant investment in the latest lab technology.
How reliable are the results?
We use one of the UK's leading pathology labs and the process is the
same as if you were to use your own doctor other than the fact that we do not need
you to visit us in order to provide the sample.
How long should I wait after a risky event?
Some of the infections will not show up in a test for around 2 weeks so this
is the length of time we recommend waiting after a sexual encounter that might put
you at risk of picking up one of these infections. You can get tested before the 2
weeks is up but if the result is negative, we will recommend a retest with a new sample.
The items covered by the blood screen can take longer to show up but the antigen
associated with HIV will definitely show up after 6 weeks but can be detected as
early as 10 days after exposure. We recommend getting tested at the earliest
opportunity and follow up with a retest if necessary after the relevant time lapse.
Full Screen Extended