What to expect
Your full name will be called by a health care provider (HCP). If you prefer a female or male provider please mention at registration. Chaperones are available on request. The GUIDE clinic is a major provider of sexual health education and training for healthcare professionals in Ireland. You may be offered the option of letting another health professional attend your consultation to gain experience. You have the right to decline having a consultation with a student or trainee present.
Your health care provider will start the consultation by asking some personal questions about your sexual health risks and general health eg "When did you last have sex?", "Was it vaginal? Anal? Oral?" Your risk factors for HIV will be assessed. Personal sexual health questions are only asked for the purposes of assessing your health and to guide the provider to take the appropriate tests for you depending on what risks you have been exposed to.
A physical examination will then be carried out of your genital area.
Males need to hold their urine for at least 2 hours before being seen. Peeing before seeing the HCP may flush out any infection meaning the bugs may not be detected.
Your skin and testicles are examined for any rashes, lumps, bumps and discharge. A swab may be taken from your penis, anus and/or throat, if required. These tests are not painful.
The HCP will tell you if they think you have anything wrong. You will then give a urine sample and have your blood checked for HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphilis as well as any other infections the HCP thinks are required.
The HCP will examine your skin for any rashs, lumps and bumps. They will insert a small instrument called a 'speculum' that lets them see the inside of your vagina, including your cervix, this is not painful . Swabs will be taken and sent for testing. Depending on your history swabs may be taken from your throat and anus.
The HCP will tell you if they think you have anything wrong. Your blood will be checked for HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphilis as well as any other infections the HCP thinks are required.