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SOME OF THE QUESTIONS YOU WILL BE ASKED

During the check up you may feel you are being asked personal questions but there are medical reasons for such questions- we aren’t just being inquisitive!!

SEXUALITY

NUMBER OF PARTNERS

ANTIBOITICS

ALCOHOL / DRUG USE/ SMOKING

JAUNDICE

NEEDLESTICK INJURY


SEXUALITY

The reason we ask if women have had sex with other women is relevant if the student needs to have a vaginal speculum inserted in our Doctors clinic

The reason that we ask if men have sex with men is because they have some extra samples taken, they need to have tiny swabs taken (similar to a cotton bud) from the throat and back passage. This can be done by the student themselves in the clinic if no symptoms present.

Anyone who has /had a bisexual partner is at a slightly increased risk of having some STI’s and we would like to discuss this with them.

 

NUMBER OF PARTNERS

This is relevant if an STI is detected, as it will be necessary to contact all of your previous partners for the past 6 months. We can help you do this if you prefer rather than contacting them yourself.

 

ANTIBIOTICS

We ask this because antibiotics can interfere with the blood tests. If you are currently taking antibiotics ideally you should delay the test for at least 3 weeks after completing the course as the antibiotics interfere with the tests. However, if you have been taking long term antibiotics e.g. for acne, they will not interfere with your check up if you have been taking them for 21 days or longer. If in any doubt please make an appointment with the nurse to discuss further. Most other medications, including any of the oral contraceptive pills do not interfere with the tests. However if you any problems that you are concerned about please speak to a nurse as an earlier appointment may be appropriate.

 

ALCOHOL / DRUG USE/ SMOKING

We often find students put themselves at risk of picking up an STI if they are under the influence of alcohol / other drugs as they may not use condoms at all or they might not use them properly.

We ask about smoking as females are more likely to develop cervical cancer if you smoke (as well as other diseases)

Intravenous drug use increases your chance of developing HEP B / HIV / you may need a Hepatitis C blood test which isn’t routinely taken in the clinic.

 

JAUNDICE

If you have a history of jaundice or have been vaccinated against Hepatitis B this is relevant to the specific blood sample that we take for Hepatitis.

 

NEEDLESTICK INJURY

We ask if somebody deliberately stabbed you with a needle / you accidentally injured yourself with a needle/ had body piercing/ tattooing as these are all possible methods of virus transmission including Hepatitis and HIV.