Thinking you may have an STI is bad enough. Waiting for the results is positively nail-biting!

We appreciate how stressful and emotive this situation can be. 

Most of our tests are back within 1-2 working days  (depending on collection time and type of test). This includes the “Gold Standard” PCR tests which in most laboratories can take up to 10 days for the results.

Appointments can be made by phoning the clinic: (+34) 952 81 7425 or online:

Book here

Who should be tested?

  1. If you have symptoms such as a discharge, burning pain on urination, ulcers or lumps on the genitals.
  2. If you think you may be at risk, for example following unprotected sexual contact.
  3. You are starting a new sexual relationship and one or both partners want to be checked.

 

Which test?

We can do any STI test that you request, but here are some typical packages which can all be booked online. 

If you would like a different set of tests, book a consultation with a GP to discuss this.

 

Will I receive treatment?

A doctor’s consultation and prescription (if needed) is included in the price.

 

Bronze Package

Test

Chlamydia antigen & Gonorrhoea antigen

Method (Men)

Urine & Urethral swab

Method (women)

Vaginal swab

Pros

Same day results for morning samples

Cons

Needs urethral swab in men. Less accurate than PCR

Time for results

Same day or 24 hours

Price/ €

185 *A doctor's consultation & prescription (if needed) is included in the price

Silver Package

Test

Chlamydia (PCR)

Gonorrhoea (PCR)

Mycoplasma genit. (PCR)

Trichomonas (PCR)

Method (Men)

Urine

Method (women)

Vaginal swab

Pros

More accurate than antigen tests (Bronze package).

No urethral swab for men

Cons

Takes a little longer than Bronze for results

Time for results

1-2 days

Price/ €

190 *A doctor's consultation & prescription (if needed) is included in the price

Gold Package

Test

Chlamydia (PCR)

Gonorrhoea (PCR)

Mycoplasma genit. (PCR)

Trichomonas (PCR)

HIV (4th gen.)

Syphilis

Method (Men)

Urine

Blood

Method (Women)

Vaginal swab & Blood

Pros

Same as Silver but also Includes HIV and Syphilis.

RECOMMENDED

Time for results

1-2 days

Price/ €

250 *A doctor's consultation & prescription (if needed) is included in the price

Platimun Package

Test

Chlamydia (PCR)

Gonorrhoea (PCR)

Mycoplasma genit. (PCR)

Trichomonas (PCR)

HIV (4th gen.)

Syphilis

Hepatitis B & C

Method (Men)

Urine 

Blood

Method (Women)

Vaginal swab & Blood

Pros

Same as Gold but also includes Hepatitis B & C

Time for results

1-2 days

Price/ €

295 *A doctor's consultation & prescription (if needed) is included in the price

Gynecological Check Package

Test

Chlamydia (PCR)

Gonorrhoea(PCR)

Mycopl. genitalis/

hominis (PCR)

Trichomonas(PCR)

Gardnerella (PCR)

Ureaplasma (PCR)

Candida (PCR)

Lactobacillus (PCR)

Atopob. vag. (PCR)

Moviluncus (PCR)

Method (Women)

Vaginal swab

Pros

Checks for  STIs but also for other infections like  vaginitis, thrush etc

Cons

Takes longer for results

Time for results

7 working days

Price/ €

210 *A doctor's consultation & prescription (if needed) is included in the price

When should I be tested?

  1. For routine screening or if you have symptoms: at any time.
  2. If you have no symptoms but are concerned about a recent sexual contact, bear in mind that different infections will show up positive at varying times afterwards. This table shows the normal earliest time to test after sexual contact (incubation period).

Incubation time (approx.)

10 days

14 days

28 days

Test

HIV early detection (RNA-PCR)

Hepatitis B and C early detection

Chlamydia

Gonorrhoea

Syphilis

Ureaplasma

Mycoplasma

Trichomonas

HIV (4th generation)

Hepatitis B and C

How are samples taken?

Men: most tests are done on a urine sample and/or blood sample. If an infection in the mouth or anus is suspected, a swab (like a long cotton bud) is used. 

Women: most tests are done with a vaginal swab and/or blood sample. 

 

What about herpes, genital warts, mollusca contagiosum?

These are generally best diagnosed by a doctor looking directly at the lesion.

If there is any doubt about the diagnosis, tests can be carried out for confirmation.

 

How will I receive the results?

The results can be sent by email or collected in person at Atlantic Clinic if you prefer.

Because of data protection rules results cannot be sent by Whatsapp or SMS.

 

What about confidentiality?

All medical information is kept strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to anybody else without your permission. 

 

What should I say (if anything) to my partner?

Discussions with your partner about STIs can be difficult and intimidating. It is best to talk to the doctor first so you have all the information you need, and to know how to approach it.

 

What happens if I need treatment?

The doctor may give treatment on the spot if appropriate, or sometimes a prescription. 

If medication is given to you there will be an additional charge to cover this.

You should not have any sexual contact until your doctor tells you it is safe to do so.

 

Will the results be in English?

The laboratory provides results in Spanish. Generally these are easily understood by English speakers (eg. “No se detecta” – Not detected) but if you are unsure, you can speak to one of our English speaking staff. They can explain what the results say, but are not qualified to give medical advice. 

If you would like to discuss your results with a doctor it is better to arrange a time to meet in person or speak on the phone.

 

How accurate are the tests?

No test is 100% accurate. 

In general terms, the PCR analysis is considered the best available test for most STI screening.

Antigen tests are less accurate but the results are very fast (same day). 

 

Is there anything I should do before testing?

 

Yes! To improve the accuracy of the tests;

For men: don’t pass urine before testing (ideally 3 hours or more if you can). 

For women: don’t wash the vagina on the day of testing

Appointments can be made by phoning the clinic: (+34) 952 81 7425 or online:

Book here

 

Dr Crichton-Smith

(10/2022)

 

Categories: Sexual health
Post by: Atlantic Clinic on 17 Oct 2022