Private STD (Sexual health) Clinic Belfast
Nestled in the heart of the city but within a discreet location, Vitalis Health’s sexual health (STD) clinic will make you feel at ease.
Consultations normally last 20 minutes.
During this time Dr. Graham will:
Take a Detailed sexual history
Carry-out an Examination if needed, and
Provide a Prescription for any treatments required
take blood, urine or swabs for testing*.
The consultation is completely confidential and is not shared with your GP unless you request this.
Consultation Price £85
STD screening tests
Clamydia + Gonorrhoea+Trichomonas
Samples are taken as a urine test or swabs. Swabs are taken from the cervix (like a smear test) in women and the end of the penis in men. Swabs are preferred if you have symptoms like discharge from the penis, redness or stinging on passing urine, and in women who have discharge, bleeding after intercourse
** Please note if you have other symptoms like a sore throat, pain or discharge from the rectum then swabs should also be taken from these areas too. An additional £35 is charged per swab.
HIV 1&2 /p24 antigen/ Hep B / HepC / Syphilis
This is taken as a blood sample. Sometimes it is necessary to repeat the test after three months as the hepatitis viruses can take longer to show in the blood test.
Chlamydia / gonorrhoea/Mycoplasma genitalium/ Macrolide Resistance Test (M.gen)/ Ureaplasma/ Trichomonas / Gardnerella / Herpes Simplex I/II.
These tests are taken as a urine test or a swab from the cervix or end of the penis. If you have any ulcers another swab will also be taken from the site of the ulcer.
Syphillis and Herpes I/II
This is taken as a single swab from an ulcer in the genital are.
Please Note: All blood tests, urine tests and swabs are charged as per the laboratory prices above. These prices may vary. Updated Aug 2019.
Other STD blood tests are available depending on your needs.
Tests can also be done individually if you are concerned about a certain infection.
Get in touch either by email: email@example.com
or phone: 02890585971
If you have any concerns or questions, we will do our best to help you.
Frequently asked questions about STD’s.
Q. Do I have to wait for the results before getting treatment for an STD/STI?
If your symptoms clearly show a certain sexually transmitted infection such as herpes, Dr. Graham will treat you for this after taking a swab.
Similarly if symptoms suggest thrush (candida infection) Dr.Graham will treat you for this while waiting results of laboratory tests.
In some cases you may need to be referred to a sexual health consultant, this can be done privately or via the NHS to a Genito-urinary -medicine (GUM) clinic.
If you have had more than one known partner then Dr. Graham will advise you to attend the GUM (Genito-urinary medicine) clinic to ensure that any sexual partners are contacted to get tested.
This is called contact tracing and and is very important to limit the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
Q. Could I have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) but not have any symptoms?
The answer is yes.
Both men and women you can be infected with Clamydia without symptoms, or you may have mild symptoms.
Women often describe a white or yellow discharge or bleeding between periods. Often women see a doctor after unsuccessful treatment for a urine infection or thrush.
Men may experience stinging on passing urine or redness at the end of the penis.
Treatment is successful with the correct antibiotic, but you need to see a doctor to be examined and have a swab or urine sample tested. Sometimes women can take a swab themselves and men of course can leave in a urine sample.
Clamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection (STI) that can also infect the eyes and rectum.
If left untreated it can cause inflammation in the reproductive organs and in some cases cause infertility. It can also cause scarring in the fallopian tubes ( the tubes that attach the ovaries to the womb) that may result in a pregnancy outside of the womb if one was to become pregnant (ectopic pregnancy).
This infection can also be passed onto your baby at birth.
If you are in doubt about your symptoms get checked out.
The majority of women who have gonorrhoea will not have any symptoms. And when they do have some symptoms it can be very similar to a urine infection or thrush.
Like Clamydia, women can have bleeding between periods, increased vaginal discharge or pain/burning on passing urine.
For men the symptoms are often more clear, but again similar to Clamydia:
A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis;
Pain on passing urine
Painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common).
Rectal symptoms are also possible. They may either cause no symptoms or cause symptoms in both men and women such as:
Painful bowel movements.
If you notice any of these symptoms get in touch for a consultation.
Or, if your partner has an STD/STI or symptoms of an STD, such as an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods, you should both be examined and have some tests carried out.
Treatment is with an antibiotic. Over the last five years some antibiotics no longer work for gonorrhoea- the bacteria has developed resistance-and so it is important to have a swab or urine sample taken to confirm what antibiotic will correctly treat your infection.
Hepatitis B and C
Some people can have Hep B or C for some time without symptoms.
These two viral infections are transmitted either through blood products or during unprotected sexual contact.
They mostly cause infection of the liver.
These days it is unusual to see this infection if you have had a blood transfusion or blood products such as plasma after the 1980’s; however, if you had a blood transfusion or plasma before 1980 that you would be at risk of this infection as blood was not screened for this virus.
Today, the most common means of contracting Hep B or Hep C from blood, is either from a needle stick injury at work or if you have used intravenous drugs recreationally.
If you haven’t been exposed to blood products then the most common means of contracting Hepatitis B or C is through unprotected sexual intercourse.
In some countries screening of blood products began in the early 1970’s for hep A and B, but Hep C was not discovered until 1989. Before this time, it was known that something in blood was causing jaundice that was not HepA nor Hep B, so it was known as NON Hep A/B infection.
What other symptoms might mean I have an STD?
If you have any ulcers on the genitals or around the rectum you may have herpes or syphilis.
Or if you any growths that look like warts either on the genitals or around the anus you may have genital warts.
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
There are two types. HSV-2 is usually only associated with genital infection. Whereas HSV-1 is mostly associated with cold sores around the mouth; however HSV-1 can affect the genitals also.
Genital herpes infection has the added complication that it may allow HIV to enter the body due to the breakdown in the skin.
It can also cause severe disease if you are on drugs that lower the immune system and it can be fatal to the unborn baby.
Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV).
There are many types of HPV. HPV types 6 and 11 cause the majority of genital warts. Persistent HPV infections can also lead to cancers – anal, throat and penile cancers in men, and vaginal, vulval and cervical cancers in women. The majority of HPV related cancers are associated with types 16 and 18. HPV vaccine for girls was introduced as a school based programme in Northern Ireland in 2008/09. Until September 2012 the vaccine used protected against the oncogenic types 16 and 18, but not those types causing genital warts.3 From September 2012 onwards, the vaccine used also contains additional protection against types 6 and 11 which account for 90% of genital warts. In September 2014 the HPV immunisation programme changed from a three dose to a two dose schedule for those starting the course under the age of 15, in line with national recommendations. From October 2016, the same quadrivalent HPV vaccine was introduced for MSM aged up to 45 years attending GUM clinics. Evidence suggests MSM attending GUM, sexual health and HIV treatment services bear a significantly increased burden of HPV related disease and adverse outcomes compared to heterosexual men. HPV type16-associated anal cancers in particular are more common in MSM compared to heterosexual men. This is even more marked in those with HIV infection
Is this the same as a GUM (Genito-urinary Medicine) clinic
GUM clinics are usually run by the NHS. There are many GUM clinics throughout Northern Ireland and you can actually ring-up yourself to make an appointment without seeing a doctor in advance.
STD screening tests will be performed as needed.
The wait time for a GUM clinic appointment is currently around 2-3 weeks.
If you are worried about an infection then you can see Dr. Graham sooner- usually the same day or next to at least get an idea what might be going on. You do not have to have the STD blood tests done privately.
If you do decide to have STD tests done privately with Dr. Graham the results will remain confidential unless you wish your NHS GP to be aware of them also.
In some cases, it may be vital that you also attend a GUM clinic if for example you have an infection like HIV, Hep B or C. This is for two reasons
You will need the correct treatment and monitoring to ensure it is working
It is important that any previous sexual partners are contacted so that they can also get tested.