What happens at a Sexual Health Clinic?
If you have booked an appointment your visit should usually take about 30 minutes, however some individuals will be required to stay longer (e.g. if you have an infection that needs treating). If you are attending a walk-in-and-wait clinic waiting times could be anything from 15 minutes to 2 hours. When arriving at the clinic you will first need to register with reception. The receptionist will ask you to complete a registration form, provide you with your own unique clinic number, and create a set of notes using this number. The doctor or nurse will then take a sexual history from you. This often includes quite personal questions about why you have come to the clinic, any genital problems, information about your last few sexual partners and the type of sex you have. He or she may examine you and will advise you which tests are recommended. You may be advised to see a Health Adviser—this is routine if you have been diagnosed with an infection, have been sexually assaulted, are under 16 years of age, require short-term counselling or are worried and wish for further information regarding your sexual health. Health Advisers can help you notify your partner(s) if they have been at risk of infections to encourage them to come in for testing and treatment.
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This page was last updated on July 31, 2018