Blood samples will be taken for HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphillis. You will need to retest if you had a risk (unprotected sexual intercourse) within 12 weeks. HIV antibodies may take up to 12 weeks to be detectable in the blood.
Your examination is better not to be carried out if you have your period/ withdrawal bleed if taking the oral contraceptive pill.
A speculum will be inserted in the vaginal area to take swabs from the vagina and neck of the womb (cervix). These will test for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Trichomonas Vaginalis, Bacterial Vaginosis, Candida (Thrush).
A female nurse chaperone is present during female STI examinations.
You will be examined for the PRESENCE of genital warts and herpes. Note there are no accurate blood tests for these. It can take over a year from exposure to developing a genital wart. Genital warts are spread by skin to skin contact in the genital area.
A STI screen is not a smear test. A smear test is usually advised for women over 25 years of age. Cervical Screening.