Virtually Healthcare offers convenient and discreet sexual health testing in the privacy of your home. Our experienced GPs and sexual health doctors can provide free advice, guidance and a comprehensive range of tests to diagnose sexually transmitted infections (STIs), protect your partners and prevent long-term health problems.
Virtually Healthcare provides a wide range of STI tests, free of charge, in your home. The sexual health clinic is run by a doctor that specialises in sexual health, together with two experienced sexual health nurses. If you feel nervous about attending a hospital sexual health clinic, Virtually Healthcare provides professional assessment, treatment and support on the phone, online and face to face.
We recommend regular sexual health tests for anyone who is sexually active. It is especially important to have STI checks if you have changed your sexual partner or are have symptoms such as an abnormal discharge, rash or pelvic pain.
Our sexual health team has links with the NHS STI service, enabling us to send testing kits directly to your home. We will also provide step-by-step guidance in taking samples to check for infection.
Virtually Healthcare is an innovative GP practice, providing expert care in the comfort, safety and privacy of your home. The Virtually Healthcare service is designed to fit with modern lives. Consultations are easy to access, discreet and convenient, with virtual appointments available seven days a week.
The highly-skilled team includes more than 40 clinicians working together to investigate and treat disease and help you optimise your health and wellbeing. As well as experienced GPs, the team includes sexual health specialists, physiotherapists and practice nurses to offer a comprehensive primary care service.
During the pandemic, many patients are finding it more difficult to access healthcare. Virtually Healthcare provides rapid access video or telephone appointments, with consultations available the same day if you contact us before 3 pm. Our clinicians can provide professional assessment and advice, arrange investigations, prescribe treatment or arrange for a face-to-face review.
Whether you’ve noticed symptoms, had unprotected sex, or want a check-up before sex with a new partner, Virtually Healthcare can provide advice and STI testing. The service is quick, simple and completely confidential.
If you have symptoms of an STI, our sexual health doctors recommend making an appointment for advice without delay. If you have had unprotected sex, it can take time for some infections to show up. To get accurate results, you may need to wait:
The STI test procedure will depend on the test and the infection for which we are screening. Virtually Healthcare provides a comprehensive range of STI tests, including:
We will provide containers, forms, postage instructions and clear instructions on collecting the urine or the blood.
The time to get results will depend on the test. Expect to wait:
If one of your tests is positive, the sexual health specialist or one of Virtually Healthcare GPs will provide support and prescribe any treatment necessary. If you have HIV or hepatitis, the practice has close links with hospital teams that specialise in the care and treatment of people with hepatitis and HIV treatment. We will refer you for specialist review.
Virtually Healthcare’s sexual health specialist reports on the questions and concerns they are currently seeing in their consultations.
HPV is a wart virus, some variants of which are linked to genital warts. The immune system can usually fight off HPV without treatment. However, some variants of HPV are linked with cancers of the cervix, vulva, penis and anus.
HPV is highly contagious and very common. You can reduce the risk of infection by consistently using condoms during sex, whether oral, anal or vaginal. However, it’s important to remember that the condom will only prevent infection from warts that it directly covers. You should also clean and use a condom on sex toys.
The best way of protecting against HPV is early vaccination before sexual contact starts. Gardisil is a vaccine that protects against HPV infection, including the variants that are linked to cancers. In the UK, girls and boys aged 12-13 receive two doses as part of the NHS vaccination programme.
If you have missed the vaccine, Virtually Healthcare offers the vaccine to men and women 25 years and younger. We also recommend vaccination to men that sleep with men up to the age of 452.
Super-gonorrhoea is a highly-resistant form of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that causes the disease. It’s resistant to the antibiotics that are usually used to treat the infection and many of the other antibiotics in the medical armoury.
Antimicrobial resistance is a common problem, and there are increasing numbers of super-bacteria. The WHO has said that they have observed:
‘Susceptibility and increased resistance in N. gonorrhoea to the “last line” of antibiotics (cefixime and ceftriaxone).’3
You can reduce your risk of catching gonorrhoea by:
We offer written, telephone and video consultations with a range of male and female clinicians from GPs, nurse practitioners, and primary care specialists such as physiotherapy.