FAQ

Genito-Urinary Medicine

Patient Information

Welcome to Delia Morris Centre

As part of routine screening you will be tested for:

  • HIV (blood test)
  • Syphilis (blood test)
  • Chlamydia (swab or urine)
  • Gonorrhoea (swab )

You may need tests for other less common infections which will be discussed with you by the doctor or nurse.
Some tests require a genital examination.

For further information on these tests there are leaflets available in the waiting area or please ask a member of staff.

Please let us know if you do not wish to have any of these tests.

RESULTS

Negative (normal) results –

If you have given us permission we will send you a text message within 14 days. This will say “Your results are normal. If you have a future appointment please keep it.” This will mean you are all clear.
If you have not given us permission to send you a text message you will not hear from us ‘no news is good news’.

Positive / Abnormal results –

We will contact you by telephone, letter or text within 14 days using the details you have given us.

If you are given a follow up appointment please keep it even if you later receive a negative (normal) result text message.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Testing

All patients are now routinely tested for HIV. If you decide not to have an HIV test you must inform the doctor or nurse before your blood test is taken.

How is HIV transmitted?
The virus is passed on through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk. Transmission can occur:

  • During sex (oral, vaginal, anal)
  • Sharing needles and other equipment for drugs & tattoos
  • Through a blood transfusion with unscreened blood
  • In pregnancy, labour and breast feeding.

Why have an HIV test?
Treatments are available for people with HIV infection which dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness and early death from AIDS; and also reduce the risk of a pregnant woman passing the infection on to her baby. These treatments are more effective if given before serious symptoms develop.

How long does it take before HIV will show up in my blood sample?
You may need a repeat HIV (and Syphilis) blood test because it can take up to 12 weeks to show up from the time of infection.

What if I am found to have HIV infection?
You will be offered care and support, and whether or not you need to start treatment. We will also discuss with you the need to contact others who may also be at risk.

If you have any questions or concerns please speak to the doctor or nurse who sees you.

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