Sexual health and GUM clinics have the greatest expertise in testing and treatments for STIs, but you can also go to:
- your GP.
- a young people’s sexual health service – call the National Sexual Health Helpline on 0300 123 7123.
- a community contraception clinic.
- a pharmacy.
Where can I get tested for STDs for free?
You can get tested for STDs at your local Planned Parenthood health center, a doctor’s office, and health clinics. You may be able to get free STD testing.
How do you get checked for STDs?
How Do Doctors Test for STDs?
- a blood sample (from either a blood draw or a finger prick)
- a urine sample.
- a swab of the inside of the mouth.
- a swab from the genitals, such as the urethra in guys or the cervix in girls.
- a swab of any discharge or sores.
Can your doctor give you an STD test?
The doctor or nurse practitioner can check you for any STDs with a simple exam and a blood test or urine test. If it turns out that you do have an STD, the doctor or clinic can start treating you. It is really important to treat STDs as early as possible so that you stay healthy and don’t have any complications.
Can you go to urgent care to get checked for STDs?
Before we dive in, the quick answer is, yes, you CAN get an STD test at urgent care. Some benefits of going to urgent care: Urgent care centers can treat you discreetly.
What does Chlamydia look like?
Chlamydia is often asymptomatic, meaning that many people don’t know they have it. Chlamydia symptoms can include pus-like yellow discharge; frequent or painful urination; spotting between periods or after sex; and/or rectal pain, bleeding, or discharge.
How can I get checked for STDs at home?
Testing done from home or in a doctor’s office may use a sample of your urine, blood, and/or a swab of your genital area or the inside of your mouth – depending on the kind of STD you’re getting tested for. A urine sample, for example, is often used to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
What is the first sign of an STD?
The symptoms that usually alert men to the presence of an STD are bumps or rashes on the genitals, discharge, discomfort or itching in the penis or testicles, or pain while urinating or ejaculating. Even a symptomless STD infection can have long-lasting or irreversible effects if left untreated.
Are STDs curable?
Bacterial STDs can be cured with antibiotics if treatment begins early enough. Viral STDs cannot be cured, but you can manage symptoms with medications. There is a vaccine against hepatitis B, but it will not help if you already have the disease.
How soon do STD symptoms show?
When symptoms do appear they may show up as early as two days after exposure, or take as long as one month. Syphilis: The chancre characteristic of the first stage of syphilis appears, on average, twenty-one days after infection, but may appear anytime between 10 to 90 days after exposure to the bacterium.