Sexual Health

At the Harrow Health Care Centre we offer a range of confidential, discreet and professional sexual health screenings. These are undertaken by your choice of either a male or female doctor.

All patients are booked for a half hour appointment with a doctor during which a sexual history is taken and your concerns discussed, you will then be examined and we will discuss with you which tests we feel are most appropriate. The appropriate package will be agreed between the patient and doctor. The fees range from £100 to £396.

We use up to three different types of sample to perform the screening process depending on which package is agreed.

  • Blood sample for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B & C
  • Urine Sample for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomonas and Mycoplasma
  • Swabs for bacterial infection.

We also offer a selection of test packages, which can have extra tests added to depending upon your concerns and clinical symptoms. For details of these packages click on the “Sexual Health Screens” tab at the top of this page.

I am worried, can I have an HIV test?

If you are considering having an HIV blood test you will need to book a consultation with one of our doctors.

Can I have a chlamydia screen?

Yes. Chlamydia screening is easily available on a urine sample for both men and women. No examination is required and it can be performed without seeing a doctor.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination

HPV virus is the cause of almost every case of cervical cancer. HPV virus also causes 50% of ano-genital cancers in men and women and many head and neck cancers. Other sorts of HPV virus cause genital warts. (There are over 100 different sorts of HPV viruses). Currently we have a vaccine which protects against 4 sorts of HPV virus. Gardasil will protect against 70% of the viruses which cause cervical and anogenital cancers and most of the viruses that cause genital warts. In the NHS it is currently offered to girls aged 11 and 12 who receive 2 injections with 6 months apart. Older girls and men are advised to have 3 injections over a 6 month period. The vaccination is one of the safest vaccines available as HPV is a skin infection. It is best administered to youngsters before they become sexually active but still has value for any woman. Boys are vaccinated in some countries, currently in Australia and USA, this will protect them against genital warts, ano-genital cancers and head and neck cancers as well as making them unable to harbour the virus which can cause cervical cancer in their partners.

Anyone can request the HPV vaccination, please make an appointment with our Nurse. We generally are providing Gardasil but can if requested also access Cervarix. Please see link to Cancer Research UK which is www.cancerresearchuk.org about cancer – cancers in general – cancer questions – cancer – cervical cancer

Results

Your doctor will discuss with you how you wish to receive your results this is most usually done by telephone and results will only be given directly to you the patient. Hard copy of results can be collected directly from us or posted to your home address. We generally prefer to avoid email but this is an option if you prefer. We can also notify your general practitioner if you wish.

 

We offer a series of Sexual Health Screening packages. For further information click on the “Sexual Health Screens” tab at the top of this page.