How long do the tests take?
The blood test results are normally available within a day of the laboratory receiving the sample. The results for the full screen are normally back within 24 to 72 hours of the sample being received at the laboratory, so long as the sample is received on a working day.
This is the quickest turnaround time in the UK for these comprehensive tests and has been made possible by significant investment in the latest laboratory technology.
How reliable are the results?
We use one of the world’s leading pathology laboratories who undergo internal and external quality assessments, whereby its analytical performance is assessed with respect to its peers using analytical material obtained from an external provider such as UKNEQAS (United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Scheme).
As long as the correct time period has elapsed since the exposure, the results are as accurate as is technically possible (as close to 100% as it can be). False positive results are rare, and are always followed up with a confirmatory traditional blood sample taken at one of our private medical clinics across the UK.
What happens if I test positive?
We will interpret your results for you and communicate them to you in a way that you will understand (usually by text message to your nominated mobile phone number). If any of your results indicate that you have tested positive for any of the infections then we will work out the best next course of action for you. This could simply involve us arranging a paid prescription for you to take to clear up the infection, or more serious positive results may lead to us recommending that you see a healthcare professional (doctor or nurse).
We will provide you with clear information on all the options available to you, including a list of local NHS sexual health clinics, NHS walk-in centres and also our private medical clinics located across the UK. We will be here to support you along the whole pathway from testing to final resolution of the issue.
What about treatments?
We can provide treatment for a whole range of sexually transmitted infections by providing prescriptions for their effective treatment and eradication (including chlamydia, ureaplasma, mycoplasma genitalium and gardnerella).
We do not provide treatment for infections (such as syphilis and gonorrhoea), or blood-borne sexually transmitted infections (such as HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C).
If you test positive for any of these, you will be given clear advice on the best management options available to you. Treatments for the management of these conditions are highly effective these days and produce excellent patient outcomes if commenced at the appropriate (early) stage.