Sexual Health Testing in Póvoa de Varzim
Expert sexual health testing is available near you. Better2Know in Póvoa de Varzim is ready to provide you with anything STD related that you might need. Whether that is testing, guidance and adivce or councelling we are here for you. We offer some of the best testing options available for STDs such as Ureaplasma, trichomonas, chlamyida, syphilis and many more. Book now at your local Better2Know STD clinic in Póvoa de Varzim.
At your private appointment in Póvoa de Varzim, your sample will be taken by one of our specialist doctors or nurses. In a discreet consultation room, you will be guided through the sample collection process. With either a simple blood sample or a self-collection urine sample your appointment will be quick and assured.
Which STIs can I be tested for in Póvoa de Varzim
Better2Know offers you the widest range of Sexual Health tests and screens in Póvoa de Varzim to ensure that you get the right STI tests when you need them the most. We test for all STIs and STDs including:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Our medical team has created a range of Better2Know STI screens, each testing for more than one infection and designed for your particular testing needs. If you are not sure which screen is right for you, then please choose our Full STI Screen.
With Better2Know, your STI testing worries will be put at ease.
FAST STI Test results in Póvoa de Varzim
Better2Know brings you the fastest STI test result turnaround times in Póvoa de Varzim. Our accredited partner laboratory in Póvoa de Varzim will begin analysing your samples on the same day that they arrive.
Results times in Póvoa de Varzim are between 1-4 days depending on the test you choose. As soon as your results are ready they will be reviewed by a doctor and then sent straight through to your private patient area on our secure website.
HIV Testing in Póvoa de Varzim
HIV testing in Póvoa de Varzim is quick and simple. With one blood sample you can have your results in 1-2 days. No long waiting times and excellent information and support at every turn with Better2Know’s 24/7 sexual health advisory team.
HIV is a serious infection that can cause illness and even death, if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Regular testing is the only way to reliably know your HIV status. Testing ensures that if you do test positive, your infection is detected early so that treatment can begin immediately. Starting treatment early gives you the best chance of leading a normal length of life.
Your local Better2Know HIV testing centre in Póvoa de Varzim offers a variety of HIV tests to ensure the correct diagnosis of this disease. Better2Know offers Molecular and Antibody/Antigen tests for HIV, ensuring you get the right test at the right time. Better2Know can advise you on the right test and open the door to your HIV testing journey in Póvoa de Varzim. We will help you get tested, get you fast results and give you all the medical support you need should you test positive. Test with Better2Know for your peace of mind.
Is it true that some STIs have no symptoms?
Yes. Often STIs do not present any symptoms such as itching, soreness when urinating or during sex, flu-like symptoms, or unusual discharge. Symptoms, if they do appear, can vary between different people and different STIs. Some common STI infections such as Chlamydia can present no symptoms at all. Around 90% of men and 70% of women who are infected with Chlamydia will never show any symptoms.
Because of this, it is important that you test regularly for STIs in Póvoa de Varzim. Regular testing at your local Better2Know clinic in Póvoa de Varzim will provide you with the health information you need to keep yourself, and your sexual partners safe from symptomless STIs.
STIs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis, Herpes, Hepatitis A, B and C, Mycoplasma, and Trichomonas are just a few common STIs that can present with no symptoms in the early stages of infection. No matter where you are, even in Póvoa de Varzim, the risk of catching one of these infections is high. Regular testing is the only way to protect your sexual health.
What is the difference between and STD and an STI?
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are ultimately the same thing. The term STI has become more commonly used, as the word infection is not as daunting as the word disease. By using the word infection in place of the word disease, people are encouraged to get tested more regularly and to not be afraid of the result.
If you develop symptoms such as itching, soreness when urinating or blisters on the genital area, these are good indicators that you have an STI. Ignoring these symptoms can increase your chances of further serious health complications.
That is why regular testing in Póvoa de Varzim is imperative especially after a new sexual encounter. Better2Know’s wide range of sexual health testing in Póvoa de Varzim will provide you with the information you need, whether you have an STI, STD or even nothing!
Can I still have sex if I have an STI?
If you test positive, it is recommended that you stop all sexual activity until you have completed your full course of antibiotics prescribed for your infection. You might also want to have follow up tests as recommended by Better2Know or your doctor, and not have sex until these come back negative.
If you have tested positive for Herpes, HIV or HPV you should consult with your Better2Know doctor about best practice for safe sex as these viruses require different management and treatment and may need long term follow up testing. If you do have sex in this time, be sure to practice safer sex and let your partner know the risks.
STIs in Póvoa de Varzim are passed from person to person through bodily fluids. Although generally safe, kissing can also pass on STIs such as Herpes and HPV. With that in mind, it is always best to stop all sexual activity until you have finished your course of treatment.
Better2Know in Póvoa de Varzim can answer all your questions regarding your positive result, offering 24/7 advice and guidance alongside consultations with your Better2Know doctor.
What should I do if I have an STI?
Do not worry if you have tested positive for an STI in Póvoa de Varzim. Better2Know’s team of sexual health advisors and doctors are on hand to support and guide you through the next steps.
First, you should stop all sexual activity and inform any recent sexual partners of your result. You can do this anonymously with Better2Know’s partner notification system available in your secure patient area.
Your local team of advisors in Póvoa de Varzim will then be able to help you organise your onward treatment and further testing if necessary. If you would prefer, your advisors can help you speak to other medical professionals in Póvoa de Varzim to give you the peace of mind you require.
Better2Know will support you throughout your entire sexual health journey in Póvoa de Varzim.