STI screening intervals
We recommend everyone should have an STI screen.
We also recommend getting repeat testing:
- at the start of a new relationship
- if you have symptoms of a sexual infection
- after unprotected sex with a casual partner
We also recommend getting an STI screen every 3 months:
- if you regularly have unprotected sex with casual partners
- if you use HIV PreP
When testing, please remember the ‘window period’. This is the time taken from the point of contact to us being able to detect an infection accurately. Testing too soon after an exposure can lead to a false negative result.
If you have no symptoms, we recommend testing:
- 2 weeks after sexual contact to diagnose chlamydia and gonorrhoea
- 7 weeks after sexual contact to accurately test for HIV
- 12 weeks after sexual contact to test for Syphilis and Hepatitis B
- 6 months after sexual contact for Hepatitis C
Please contact us if you wish to discuss your individual circumstances.
New Croft House
Telephone: 0191 229 2999