STI Testing

STI’s Tested

Chlamydia

Chlamydia Trachomatis, more commonly known as Chlamydia, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects both men and women of all ages. Caused by a bacterium, Chlamydia can lead to serious health issues, including infertility. Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, therefore early testing and diagnosis is crucial.

 

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoea. It can be painful and can cause serious health problems such as infertility in both men and women. Gonorrhoea is a bacterium that can grow easily in the warm, moist areas of a female’s reproductive system including the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. It also grows in the urethra, mouth, throat, eyes and anus of both males and females.

Syphilis

Syphilis is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. Although spread through sexual contact, it is frequently passed to an unborn child by its infected mother, where it can cause congenital syphilis resulting in high rates of still birth and increased infant mortality rates.

Herpes Simplex I

Herpes simplex I is from the herpes simplex virus family and causes sores around the mouth and lips which are sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores. This virus is likely to reoccur more often than herpes II and is transmitted through oral sex. Herpes simplex I can sometimes cause genital sores as well.

 

Herpes Simplex II

Herpes simplex II, more commonly known as genital herpes, is from the herpes simplex virus family and is a chronic long-term condition. This virus causes painful blisters on the genitals and surrounding areas and is transmitted by having any form of sex.

Trichomonas Vaginalis

Trichomonas vaginalis or Trichomoniasis is an STI that affects both men and women, though women are more likely to experience symptoms. It is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. It is also referred to as Trichomonas and is often shortened to ‘Trich’ or ‘TV’. More women than men are affected by trichomoniasis but diagnosis is often difficult as there are usually no symptoms.

Mycoplasma Hominis

Mycoplasma hominis is a common mollicute bacteria, present in almost all humans in the urinary tract. However, it can sometimes cause infection which can be transmitted sexually. It is different from other STIs, in that monogamous couples can suddenly experience mycoplasma hominis even after years of exclusivity. The symptoms of a Mycoplasma hominis infection are similar to many other STIs and the condition can often be mistaken for gonorrhoea or chlamydia. You can also have mycoplasma hominis and not experience any symptoms at all.

Mycoplasma Genitalium

Mycoplasma genitalium is a lesser known STI but is very common. It has similarities to both chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Most infections of mycoplasma genitalium do not show any symptoms and therefore, it is difficult to know if you have it without being tested.

Ureaplasma Urealyticum

Ureaplasma urealyticum is very contagious and is commonly found in the genital flora of sexually active individuals. Ureaplasma urealyticum often has no symptoms and a large percentage of infected people never experience any problems at all. However, if left undetected and untreated, ureaplasma urealyticum can cause infertility.

Chancroid

Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the haemophilus ducreyi bacterium. Early signs of chancroid may be mistaken for syphilis, yet the sores will grow to a larger size and will be more painful. Although highly contagious, chancroid is easily treated.

 

Do you outsource your STI testing?

We offer a multiplex Sexually Transmitted Infection test which simultaneously detects 10 infections due to our intelligent Biochip Array Technology. The type of sample which should be sent to our RCLS lab is determined by the visibility of the patient’s symptoms.

 

Non-visible symptoms – urine sample required

 

Visible symptoms – swab sample required

The Process

  • Receive Package

  • Collect Sample

  • Post Sample

  • Analysis

  • Receive Results