Sexual Health Services
Queen Square Sexual Health Clinic in held in the Healthub behind Queen Square Medical Practice:
Wednesday afternoon from 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Details of: Sexual Health Services also available in the Lancaster and Morecambe Area
Details of your attendance at this clinic are completely confidential and you will be allocated a personal clinic number. The clinic has separate notes which do not leave the surgery. Your GP will not be informed of your visit here unless you were referred with a letter. If you are a patient at the practice this records will be kept separate from all your other medical records
We will try and see people with a minimum delay although some people may require more time than others. Can we remind you not to pass urine until you have been seen?
At first you will be asked some quite personal questions, this enables us to decide what tests are required and treatment needed. What you tell us is treated in the strictest of confidence so please be honest, we are not going to be shocked by what you tell us. You will then have swabs taken and a blood test offered.
Please ensure you give us at least 2 methods of contact. If any of your test results are positive we will contact you within 2 weeks by the contact methods you have stated. Please check your two methods of contact you have selected on Friday mornings until you have received your results
All treatment is free, you will either be treated on the day you attend or when your results are back.
Tests Routinely offered in this Clinic
While visiting the clinic it is often worth having a full check up as there are some infections that may be present without causing any symptoms - if these are left untreated they may lead to health problems that may be transmitted to sexual partners.
The tests screen for a range of infections. Some of these tests require a blood sample.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are bacterial infections and can be treated with antibiotics. Please note that both of these can damage fertility if left untreated.
Syphilis , this is an uncommon yet treatable infection
HIV , this is less common than many other infections. HIV infection can be found in people who feel well as the symptoms take years to develop
The skin can also be checked for signs of any problems
For Women, the screening also checks for:
Thrush : a commonly found yeast infection
Bacterial vaginosis : a very common condition which occurs when the bacteria that normally exist in small numbers multiply rapidly.
For Men, the screening also checks for:
Non Gonococcal Urethritis : this can be caused by several types of infection, the most common being Chlamydia. It causes inflammation of the urethra (water pipe)
A testicular examination : this can be performed to check for any abnormalities
Other tests which may be offered to some people:
This is inflammation of the liver that can be caused by several viruses, it can be serious in the long term. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are two forms that can be sexually transmitted, or by contact with blood or other bodily fluids. You are not obliged to take these tests if you do not wish to do so please inform the clinic staff.
This will not affect the treatment you receive.
The HIV Test
A blood sample will be taken to test for HIV, this can be done at the same time we test you for other infections.
Why have a HIV Test?
New treatments are now available for people with HIV infection. These treatments may be more effective if given before serious symptoms develop. You can only choose to use these treatments before you get ill if you know you are infected.
The treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness and early death from AIDS
Have I been at risk and how is HIV transmitted?
HIV can be passed on in a number of ways:
- Through contact with infected fluids such as blood, semen and vaginal secretions. This may occur during sex.
- Using inadequately sterilised needles or equipment for drugs, tattoos and piercing.
- Through a blood transfusion with unscreened blood (overseas)
- Infected pregnant women may also pass it on to their babies
How long does it take before the infection will show up in my blood sample?
The HIV test measures antibodies to HIV, which may take up to 3 months to become detectable after the risk of exposure.
What if I am found to have an HIV infection?
If a test shows you have a HIV infection you will be offered care and support when you get the result. We will also discuss with you whether or not you should start treatment.
Are there any drawbacks to having this test?
No one will know you have the test here unless you tell them. If your results show that you have HIV the benefits of knowing this outweigh the drawbacks. These drawbacks may include worries about relationships with family and friends, travel to some countries can be restricted for people with HIV, some people with HIV may have employment issues to deal with
Will having the test involve an extra blood sample?
No you will only be required to give one sample providing the results are negative. If the result is positive then we would require a 2nd sample to confirm the result.
Please talk to the GP or nurse if you require further information