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When should I come for a test?

If you have any symptoms or know you have been in contact with someone who has an infection, please call us to make an appointment as soon as you can.  Sexual infections can take different amounts of time to show up on our tests - we may ask you to return to repeat your tests to make sure you receive accurate results.

If you are concerned about STIs but don't have any symptoms please visit SH:24 for an online test.

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital