What samples can be used?

Blood and Urine

How long until I get my results?

1-7 working days from your sample’s arrival at our laboratory

Where is my nearest private clinic?

How soon after a sexual encounter can I get tested?

7 days

Which Better2Know screens include Zika testing?

Zika testing can be added to any of Better2Know’s confidential STI screens

What is Zika?

The Zika virus is most commonly transmitted by the aedes mosquito. For most people, the infection is mild, with symptoms tending to last between two and seven days. It can be transferred through sexual contact including vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. Expectant mothers are most at risk regarding this infection as it can cause critical birth defects if acquired during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of Zika?

Men

Itching or rashes all over the body

Conjunctivitis or pain behind the eyes

Joint and muscle pains

Lower back pain

Flu-like symptoms, such as headaches or high temperatures

Women

Itching or rashes all over the body

Conjunctivitis or pain behind the eyes

Joint and muscle pains

Lower back pain

Flu-like symptoms, such as headaches or high temperatures

What happens if I do not get tested and treated?

Men

Worsening of symptoms

The virus can be transmitted sexually and is therefore transferable to a sexual partner

Women

Worsening of symptoms

Serious birth defects (such as Microcephaly) in children born to infected mothers

How is Zika treated?

There is currently no specific treatment for the Zika infection but keeping hydrated and taking paracetamol may help the consequential symptoms. If you are returning to Europe from a high-risk area, it is important that you get tested to manage and monitor any potential infection.

What else should I get tested for?

Better2Know’s panel of medical specialists have designed, and regularly review, a wide range of confidential screens and tests to alleviate the stress of unidentified problems in relation to your sexual health. The Better2Know Platinum Screen is the most comprehensive STI screen we offer and will put your mind at ease regarding eleven of the most common infections.

How can I book my test?

To book your appointment at one of Better2Know’s private clinics in Europe, click the Book Now button at the top of the page and process your booking online. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us using the number displayed above. Our friendly Patient Services team can answer additional queries before arranging your booking.