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Whether you are simply taking responsible steps to ensure that you're OK or whether
you have concerns about your sexual health, our ‘Get Yourself Tested’ clinics offer
discreet and easy-
THE IMPORTANCE OF TESTING
Many people have infections, yet display no symptoms and have no idea at all that they have a problem. Chlamydia is a prime example. It is probably the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the UK, but it is estimated that half those who have the infection are completely unaware of it. If left untreated, Chlamydia can go on to cause very serious problems.
Similarly, many people with Gonorrhoea and Herpes show no symptoms in the early stages. This is why it is important to have regular tests, especially for those who are sexually active or who have recently had more than one partner. Your partner may of course also be blissfully unaware of any infection.
Recent statistics in the UK show an alarming rise in STD's in the UK – see article. The effects of untreated disease can be devastating and even fatal.
We can help put your mind at rest with a straightforward examination or simple blood
or urine tests, which will help us quickly diagnose any infection. We can also offer
you treatment as well as advise you on life-
If you would like to book an appointment or would simply like to chat to someone
to find out the best way forward, please call us on 0207 510 0300. You can also contact
us online -
Many people just want to be quietly checked out without it going on record or involving their family GP. We understand that completely and you can remain anonymous if you so wish.
STD / STI / GUM -
We're often asked what the differences between these acronyms are – so this should clear things up if you have any doubts.
STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection and corresponds to STD. Whilst a fine point, it is the most accurate term because strictly speaking, not all conditions passed through sexual contact are diseases. Thrush, for example, is an infection of naturally occurring yeast, and is not a disease.
STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease -
GUM stands for Genitourinary Medicine. This is a wider term that refers to the treatment of conditions relating to the reproductive system, and extends to gynaecology and andrology. Whilst sexual health obviously represents a large part of Genitourinary Medicine, it could be argued that it is misleading to describe a Sexual Health clinic as a GUM Clinic. However the term seems to have entered popular use.