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Early Detection Screening

Our early detection screening is designed to help those at a high risk of contracting a HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.

It also assists those worried about onward transmission to their partner or have symptoms soon after a risky exposure.

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Same day test results

And treatment for positive results

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Highly confidential service

And discreetly located clinics

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Specialists in sexual health

From busy NHS clinics

Whilst HIV-1 can be picked up from 10 days after possible exposure, we have recommended testing at 14 days if you are looking for a more comprehensive screen. This will also save you multiple visits to our clinic.

Early Screens are available within 3 hours in Birmingham (except for Mycoplasma genitalium which will be available in 4 working days).

The following may put you at higher risk of being infected with HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C:

  • You (or your partner) had sex with a commercial sex worker
  • You are (or your partner is) from a country with high prevalence of STIs/HIV
  • You suspect your partner has HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C
  • You are a (or your partner is) man who has sex with other men
  • You (or your partner) have used intravenous drugs/shared needles
  • You (or your partner) engage in Chemsex

Will I need to get retested?

Yes.

It can sometimes take up-to 90 days for some of the infection to appear in some patients.

That is why in line with national and inter-national guidelines we will recommend a follow up blood test at 90 days after possible exposure to conclusively rule out the infections – this is included in the cost of our Early Screens.

And, of course, we will begin your appointment by discussing the risks you may be at and whether you need any tests in the first place.

What is the evidence behind this?

HIV-1

The virus is consistently detectable from approx. 10 days after possible exposure (learn more about our early detection HIV test).

A follow up test will look for the p24-antigen & antibody for conclusive negative results (if negative at prior visit).

Source 1 (Micropathology) | Source 2 (TDL)

Syphilis

Syphilis antibodies become present from as early as 9 days after exposure.

They are then consistently detectable from 21 days and detectable in everyone from 90 days.

Source 1 (BASHH) | Source 2 (WHO)

Hepatitis B

Unfortunately, there is no method of earlier detection for Hepatitis B (even though other websites may claim differently).

We will offer a Hepatitis B vaccine to those need a booster dose after a high risk incident.

Source 1 (WHO)

Hepatitis C

The virus is consistently detectable from approx. 14 days after possible exposure.

A follow up test at 90 days will look for the Hepatitis C antibodies to confirm a conclusive negative result in high risk patients.

Source 1 (WHO) | Source 2 (Micropathology) | Source 3 (CDC)

Would you prefer to discuss your risk of exposure with a clinician?

Every test includes a sexual health consultation so you can discuss what tests you need, any questions on your mind and a physical examination for any symptoms (if appropriate).

All our early detection screens are carried out by specialists in the field of sexual health and who have spent years in busy NHS sexual health clinics.

With our level of expertise, comprehensive range of tests and treatment for positive results, you can be rest assured that you’re in the right place for your sexual health needs.

Our Complete Test

Our complete check covers all the infections presented above, along with detection of further bacterial infections and a High Risk HPV test.

Our Routine Checks

Our routine check ups are available with same day results (in Birmingham) and treatment for positive results. We include a consultation to discuss which tests you need.

Our Individual Tests

Please select some of the tests that we are able to offer on an individual basis. Our website is also being updated to show more tests that we can also offer.