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STD TESTING AND TREATMENT

Private Sexual Health Clinic for Same day STD Testing

STD CLINIC DUBAI

We are a leading private sexual health in Dubai. We offer discreet STI testing and STD screening in a warm and safe setting at STD Check Clinic in Dubai, where you may begin an open dialogue with our experts about your sexual health concerns. Our clinic is staffed by doctors, nurses, and health care assistants who take the highest care, diligence, and discretion in caring for our patients' sexual and reproductive health.

Because our doctors recognize that STD/STI testing and treatment is a very personal subject, we guarantee complete discretion and privacy as a cornerstone of our service. We will help you select the most appropriate sexual health screening for your needs. You can arrange a same-day appointment with our GP or walk-in during our business hours if you have an emergency. You can also come in to speak with one of our Consultant Specialists about contraceptive alternatives and lab-led pregnancy blood testing for confirmed results and peace of mind.

STI/STD Screenings

All sexually transmitted illnesses are covered by our comprehensive sexual health screening program. The packages include an initial consultation with a sexual health practitioner, as well as an examination and testing. We also provide a phone chat with the doctor once you receive your results, as well as guidance on any modifications you should make and/or drugs you should take.

Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhoea are included in our STD package, however this may change depending on your results and what your doctor suggests. Additional swabs and testing, such as a herpes or bacterial swab, may be required based on your symptoms. This is an extra procedure that may aid in the detection of any underlying disorders and/or infections that, once identified, can be easily treated.

Why we are leading std clinic in dubai?

If you need assistance or want to talk about potentially dangerous situations you've been exposed to, our trained sexual health professionals are here to help. Whether or not you have any evident symptoms, you should always consider getting tested after having unprotected intercourse. In many cases, symptoms do not appear until much later in the infection.

Getting tested will allow you to spot any infections early on, preventing them from becoming a more significant threat to your or your partner's health. Antibiotics can be used to treat the majority of sexual health illnesses.We provide a diverse choice of individual exams as well as customized packages at extremely reasonable costs. During your clinic appointment, you can talk to the doctor about the best testing package for you.

 Complete privacy — your information is never shared or accessed without your permission.
• We provide same-day private STI testing in Dubai without the requirement for an appointment at our clinic.
• Open weekday evenings till 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Serology testing returns results in less than 24 hours.
• Guaranteed results at world-renowned facilities using the gold standard PCR testing.
• If a positive result is verified, treatment options, advice, and medicines will be provided.
• You have access to a wide selection of contraception and counseling services.
• Same-day appointments or online booking.
Quick screening without the use of invasive swabs
• Screening for STDs, including HIV, starting 10 days after contact.
• Results of HIV tests are available in 4 hours.
• Simple swab HPV testing for high-risk subtypes in females and men.
• Reasonable costs - Our individual test fees are competitive, and our packages provide an unparalleled mix of complete examination, testing, and treatment.
• Testing is simple – At STD Check Dubai, our doctors make the testing process simple and convenient.
• Quick and Discreet — When registering at the clinic, you can use a pseudonym for complete anonymity, and testing normally takes 15-20 minutes.
Complete satisfaction - We treat all of our patients with respect. If you have any questions or concerns, our doctors would be pleased to help you whenever you call.

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) symptoms

You can catch an STD, commonly known as a sexually transmitted infection, if you have sex — oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse, and genital touching (STI). STIs and STI symptoms can affect anyone, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. It's not enough to assume or hope that your partner doesn't have a STI; you need to know for sure.Condoms are quite effective at reducing STD transmission when used appropriately. However, no treatment is perfect, and STI symptoms aren't always visible. Consult a doctor if you suspect you have STI symptoms or have been exposed to one. Additionally, notify your partner or partners so that they can be assessed and treated.

Signs and symptoms may include:

•  Painful urination
•  Lower abdominal pain
•  Vaginal discharge in women
•  Discharge from the penis in men
•  Pain during sexual intercourse in women
•  Bleeding between periods in women
•  Testicular pain in men
•  Thick, cloudy or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina
•  Pain or burning sensation when urinating
•  Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
•  Painful, swollen testicles
•  Painful bowel movements
•  Anal itching
•  Clear, white, greenish or yellowish vaginal discharge
•  Discharge from the penis
•  Strong vaginal odor
•  Vaginal itching or irritation
•  Itching or irritation inside the penis
•  Pain during sexual intercourse
•  Painful urination
•  Fever
•  Headache
•  Sore throat
•  Swollen lymph glands
•  Rash
•  Fatigue
•  Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection
•  Diarrhea
•  Weight loss
•  Fever
•  Cough and shortness of breath
•  Persistent, unexplained fatigue
•  Soaking night sweats
•  Shaking chills or fever higher than 100.4 F (38 C) for several weeks
•  Swelling of lymph nodes for more than three months
•  Chronic diarrhea
•  Persistent headaches
•  Unusual, opportunistic infections
•  Small red bumps, blisters
•  Pain or itching around the genital area, buttocks and inner thighs
•  Small, flesh-colored or gray swellings in your genital area
•  Several warts close together that take on a cauliflower shape
•  Itching or discomfort in your genital area
•  Bleeding with intercourse
•  Fatigue
•  Nausea and vomiting
•  Abdominal pain or discomfort
•  Loss of appetite
•  Fever
•  Dark urine
•  Muscle or joint pain
•  Itching
•  Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
•  Rash marked by red or reddish-brown
•  Fever
•  Enlarged lymph nodes
•  Fatigue and a vague feeling of discomfort
•  Soreness and aching
•  Lack of coordination
•  Numbness
•  Paralysis
•  Blindness
•  Dementia
•  Headache
•  Behavior changes
•  Movement problems

How Much Does STD Test Cost?

STD Test can cost anywhere from AED 250 to AED 2500

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Asked By Others
Can I get the same STD multiple times?
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Yes, Getting treated for an STD does not mean that you are unable to contract the STD again.

How long should I wait after exposure to get tested?
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Waiting periods differ for each STD. Let’s say you’ve recently had unprotected sex and now you’re worried that you may have picked up a sexually transmitted disease (STD). With STD rates rising higher than ever before, this is a totally valid and legitimate concern. So what do you do? Getting tested would be a very smart decision, but you may be surprised to learn that you can actually test too early.

If you feel like you could have contracted an STD, your instinct may be to get tested immediately, but this can be a huge mistake. Testing too early can cause inaccurate results, possibly leading you to believe you’re STD-free when you’re really not. This is because each STD has its own unique “incubation period,” which you must out wait in order to get accurate results. Like many things in life, timing is everything. 

What Is an STD Incubation Period?
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An incubation period is the span of time from when you first come in contact with an STD to when antibodies form to fight the STD1). Tests look for the presence of these antibodies during testing2), and if you do not wait until the incubation period has ended, you may not allow your body sufficient time to develop enough antibodies for it to show up in testing, causing a false-negative result.
Even after you have waited for the incubation period to end, you may not see signs or symptoms of the STD. Many STDs do not display symptoms at all or are so subtle that you could think you have a cold or a rash. Your symptoms come and go, but this doesn’t mean the STD has gone away. This is why it’s so important to get tested; there is simply no other way to be 100% sure of an STD diagnosis.

How Soon Do STD Symptoms Appear?
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How long it takes for an STD to show up in testing is entirely dependent on the STD itself, how long its own incubation period is, and your own body’s immune response. You can test for some STDs, like chlamydia, only a day after potential exposure. Meanwhile, HIV and syphilis can take a month or more before you can accurately test for them. It’s all pretty confusing but lucky for you, we created a nifty little chart that breaks down each STD’s average incubation period.

How soon can I test for all STDs at once?
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We know it can be hard to wait to get tested. As soon as the thought crosses your mind that you may have an STD, you want to learn your status ASAP. But you know now that’s probably not the best idea. You don’t want to test too early, and you also don’t want to have to visit our labs multiple times because of all the different STD incubation periods.

Do condoms prevent STDs?
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Condoms increase your chances of preventing STDs, but they are not 100% effective in preventing any and all STDs. 

Are all STDs curable?
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Most STDs are curable, especially when they’re caught early. HIV and herpes are STDs which have no known cures but can be managed with antivirals. 

Can I get an STD if I’m a virgin?
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Certain STDs can be transmitted through non-sexual contact as well as oral and anal sex. 

Are all STDs sexually transmitted?
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While all STDs can be transmitted through sex, some of them may be transmitted in other ways.

Should I get tested for an STD even though I do not show any symptoms?
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Many STDs may not show symptoms, or may disguise themselves as other illness/disease symptoms. The only way to be sure is to get tested.

What are the symptoms of STDs?
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Each STD has its own specific symptoms, and some STDs may not show any symptoms.

How do I know if I have an STD?
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The only definitive way to know if you have an STD is to get tested. 

What is the difference between an STD and an STI?
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Technically there is a difference between STDs and STIs. An STI (sexually transmitted infection) is an infection whereas an STD was an infection that developed into a disease.

An STI is a sexually transmitted infection, and an STD is a sexually transmitted disease.STDs and STIs are often used interchangeably and as synonyms, but they technically mean different things. We’ll dive into greater details about their exact differences below.
Technically, STIs and STDs differ– Having an STI means that an individual has an infection, but that it has not yet developed into a disease. Take HPV (human papillomavirus) for instance: Typically a woman with HPV does not have any symptoms, but she carries the virus. She has an STI; but if she develops cervical cancer from HPV, she now has an STD since cancer is a disease. The same is true for individuals who have chlamydia or gonorrhea infections that develop into pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

The real question here is: What’s the difference between infection and disease? An infection or STI disease is often the first step of a disease and occurs when either bacteria or viruses enter the body and start multiplying. The disruption of normal body function or structure, especially when signs and symptoms appear, is considered STI disease (as long as the cause is not the result of a physical injury).

This means, medically speaking, that all STDs start out as STIs. STIs that progress into disease are STDs.

The usage of STI is becoming seemingly more preferred by the health world thanks in part to a less negative stigma. STDs have been around forever– think back to junior high health classes. But the phrase “sexually transmitted infection” doesn’t yet have the same negative connotation attached to it, so doctors and health advisors are more than happy to use the term infection rather than disease.

What are the different types of STDs?
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There are many STDs. We test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, genital herpes, oral herpes, HIV 1, HIV 2, and syphilis. 

What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease?
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A sexually transmitted disease (STD) or “venereal disease” is an infection that is transmitted primarily through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. STDs can also be transmitted through intravenous drug use and nonsexual contact. 

Can I get Genital Herpes on my lip or Oral Herpes on my genitals?
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Yes, you can get either strand of herpes in either location.

What’s the difference between Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?
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Though both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are caused by bacterial infections, they’re caused by two different bacteria and may produce different symptoms.

Is there a difference between HIV and Aids?
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Yes, there is a difference between being HIV-positive and having AIDS. Though they share the same virus, they reflect two very distinct phases of the disease.

What should I do to prepare for the test?
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If you are taking a urine test, try not to urinate for at least an hour before the test in order to ensure sufficient sample size. Additionally, if you’re taking the wellness panel, you will need to fast for 12 hours prior to the test. Otherwise, you don’t need to do anything to prepare for your STD test.

How do I know which test best fits my needs?
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It’s impossible to tell which STDs you may have been exposed to; if you’re at risk for one STD, you’re at risk for all STDs. You can take our STD Test Recommender, but the best way to be sure that you’re informed/ aware of the that you’ve eradicated all potential STDs is to take our 10 Test Panel.

Which STDs can I be tested?
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We offer tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Genital herpes, Oral herpes, HIV 1 & 2, and Syphilis. We offer individual tests as well as packages.

What is HIV and should I be tested?
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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.

Only certain body fluids; blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk from a person who has HIV can transmit HIV. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to occur. Mucous membranes are found inside the rectum, vagina, penis, and mouth. Early HIV infection often times has no symptoms. The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to be tested. Currently, there is no effective cure that exists for HIV. However, with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once as a part of their routine health care. People with higher risk factors, such as more than one sex partner, other STDs, gay and bisexual men and individuals who inject drugs should be tested at least once a year. 

How do I know if I am at risk to get HIV?
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Knowing your risk can help you make important decisions to prevent exposure to HIV. The CDC has developed the HIV Risk Reduction Tool to help you know risk and for better understanding of how different prevention methods like using condoms or taking PrEP, can reduce your risk.  Overall, an American has a 1 in 99 chance of being diagnosed with HIV at some point in his or her lifetime. However, the lifetime risk is much greater among some populations.

What is viral hepatitis and should I be tested?
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Viral Hepatitis refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are diseases caused by three different viruses. Although each can cause similar symptoms, they have different modes of transmission and can affect the liver differently. Hepatitis A appears only as an acute or newly occurring infection and does not become chronic. People with Hepatitis A usually improve without treatment. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can also begin as acute infections, but in some people, the virus remains in the body, resulting in chronic disease and long-term liver problems. There are vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A and B; however, there is not one for Hepatitis C. Recommendations for testing depend on many different factors and on the type of hepatitis.

Doesn't gonorrhea go away on its own?
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Often, this infection goes away on its own, but sometimes it doesn’t. Gonorrhea has started to develop resistance to medicine, becoming harder and harder to treat.

Can STDs be cured?
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Yes. Most infections can be successfully treated. Talk to your provider about the best course of action for you.

How often should I be tested?
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You should discuss testing for sexually transmitted infections with your doctor at every check up. How often you need to be screened depends on your risk factors for infection. Those risk factors can change over time.

You should also get tested if you become pregnant or are concerned that you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. You can ask your doctor to make an individual plan for testing based on your activities and risk factors.

Who is at high risk for STDs?
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Men who have sex with men, people living with HIV, people who don’t consistently use condoms tend to have the highest risk for STD. If you have high risk factors, you should get tested at least once a year and sometimes more often.

How long will testing take?
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You can get tested during a regular check-up visit.

What does STD testing involve?
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You’ll need to have a urine and/or blood test. This is usually fast and painless. You might also have a swab taken of any parts of your body (mouth, genitals) with pain or other signs of an STD infection.

How long do I have to wait for results?
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Some tests, like a rapid HIV test, will give a result while you wait. Most tests, including blood and urine tests, give a result within a few days.

How will I get my results?
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If you have an STD, we’ll call you. We’ll also put the test results in MyChart, where you can access them privately and securely.

I feel better. Should I stop taking this medicine?
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No. Some STDs have started to develop resistance to medicine, becoming harder and harder to treat. It’s important to follow your care instructions and take ALL of your medicine.

Do teenagers, youth under 18  need parent/guardian permission for testing and treatment of STDs?
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No, the DC Law clearly states that adolescents may seek and obtain medical testing and treatment for STDs and HIV without parental/guardian permission. The DC Department of Health will test and treat anyone 12 years of age and older at our SE Clinic without parental permission.

Does my primary care doctor automatically test me for STDs at my annual physical?
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Not always. Some doctors conduct a sexual risk assessment on their patients yearly. Often, patients have to request to be tested for STDs. It is important to be specific with your doctor about which types of tests you want and your risk behaviors so they can provide appropriate treatment. If you haven’t had an honest conversation with your healthcare provider about your sexual activity then you probably haven’t been tested appropriately.

 If I have unprotected sex on a Saturday can I get tested for possible STDs?
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Yes, you can. But it is important to realize that it can take weeks from the time of exposure and possible infection until symptoms occur or our diagnostic tests turn positive. So, if you did have unprotected sex on Saturday and came into the clinic for testing on Monday, regardless of your test results, it is important to be re-tested in approximately six weeks, even if you don’t develop symptoms.

Shouldn’t I only get tested when I have a new partner?
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The DOH recommends annual testing for STDs and HIV for anyone who is sexually active. If a person engages in higher risk activities such as sex with multiple partners, frequent changes in sex partners, unprotected sex (oral, anal or vaginal) or sex while under the influence of alcohol or drugs we recommend testing every three to six months.

 What about my sex partners?
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We encourage you to bring your sex partners with you. If you are infected with an STD your partner could be at risk.  Further, if you get treated and your partner doesn’t get treated you run the risk of getting the STD again, from them. If you are nervous about telling your sex partner about your STD we can help. Our trained staff can help you tell them or inform your sex partner anonymously that they were exposed to an STD. 

Do I have to be seen by a clinician to get the rapid HIV test?
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It is important to realize that if you are at risk for acquiring HIV you are at risk for getting other STDs. It would be beneficial for your health to get a full check up by the clinicians. But, you do not have to be seen by the clinician. You will see a counselor who will discuss the HIV test with you. The results of the rapid oral HIV test are usually ready in 20 minutes.

Can I get a Hepatitis A or B Vaccine free of charge?
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Absolutely. It is recommended that all persons obtain the Hepatitis B vaccine and Hepatitis A is recommended for men who have sex with men, IV drug users, and persons with chronic liver disease. You may come into the clinic just for the vaccine; it will be administered by a clinician who will ask you wait 15 minutes after the vaccine to ensure there are no adverse reactions (very rare).

 Is my STD curable?
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Most bacterial infections (such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis) are curable with antibiotics. Regardless, it is important to get re-tested in three months to make sure that you have cleared the bacterial infection or have not gotten re-infected. Herpes, HIV and genital warts are all caused by viruses, and although there are medicines to treat the infections, no cure is possible at this time.

What can I do to reduce my risk of getting an STD?
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First, talk with your partners. It is important that you know how many other partners he/she has had or currently has and if he/she has been tested recently for STDs, including HIV. And, second, wear a condom (a dental dam for oral sex) each and every time you have sex.

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