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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who should get tested for STDs?

We recommend you get tested when:

  • A new relationship has started
  • Both parties are deciding or have decided to eliminate condom use
  • One or both parties have other partners outside of the relationship
  • One or both parties have more than one sexual partner
  • One of both parties have symptoms that suggest an STD infection

 

People in long-term, mutually monogamous relationships who have previously tested themselves before entering a relationship may not require STD testing. However, if either partner has not undergone STD testing before, they might be carrying an undiagnosed STD without knowing.

The safest option is to always get tested.

2. When should I get tested for STD?

A lot of STDs are asymptomatic, so we recommend that you get tested whenever you are able after new or recent sexual exposure. Tests can detect STDs from as soon as a few days (e.g. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea) to 90 days after exposure (e.g. HIV). Some STDs such as Trichomoniasis are detected between 5 to 28 days after exposure.

3. How long do I have to wait for my STD results?

This depends on the type of test you took.

For HIV testing, results will be ready in 20 minutes.

For Rapid STD Chlamydia or Gonorrhea Testing, which assesses urinal, throat, rectal, and vaginal samples, results will be ready in 3 working days.

For Full Urine STD Screening and Full Vaginal STD Swab Screening, results will be out within 5 to 7 working days.

For Rapid Trichomonas Testing, results will be ready in 10 minutes.

While waiting for your test results, we highly recommend abstaining from sexual contact.

4. What happens after I receive my results?

If the results indicate you are in the clear, then no follow-up will be needed.

If the results show that you require treatment, our care team will quickly initiate a follow-up appointment for you at any of our clinics for further medical advice.

5. Do you offer a test of cure?

Test of cure is evidence to show complete cure, typically 4 weeks after treatment. The test of cure is a clear indicator whether you will need further treatment or if the treatment was successful and is able to give you peace of mind that you are free from the infection.

We recommend testing after 28 days of treatment for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomoniasis infections.

6. What is partner notification?

Partner Notification is the practice of notifying your sexual partner(s) if you have been diagnosed with an STD so that these individual(s) can get tested and, if necessary, receive treatment to prevent further transmission or re-transmission back to you.

This can be done by talking to partners directly or by providing them with written information or resources about the disease. The notified partners are encouraged to seek testing to cure possible infection or manage its symptoms.

As many STDs are asymptomatic, partner notification is essential for controlling their spread. By notifying and testing partners, it’s possible to identify and treat cases that might otherwise go undetected.

7. Where can I seek further help?

If you seek further support and assistance, we recommend reaching out to these organizations:

Oogachaga

Singapore’s Most Established LGBTQ+ Community Organisation

Oogachaga is a community-based, non-profit, professional organisation working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals, couples and families in Singapore since 1999.

The T Project

Empowering Singapore’s Transgender Community

Founded by June Chua and her late sister Alicia Chua in 2014, The T Project is the first and only social service for the transgender community in Singapore.

SHY SG

A team that aims to improve sexual health literacy amongst youths in Singapore!

SHY SG creates content to debunk myths and serve you the dose of real-life sexual health information you never remembered or learnt from your sex-ed class in Sec 2. They aim to make learning about your sexual wellbeing more comprehensive, providing you with advice you can put into action. Join in the conversation about sex and raise awareness about the importance of sexual health. (We all have genitals after all!)

UequalsU SG

Combating HIV stigma with scientific facts and personal stories.

AFA Singapore

We are on a mission to end HIV transmission and AIDS in Singapore by 2030.

Clarence
Clarence
21/07/2023
Awesome at what she did!
蕴仪Eve
蕴仪Eve
21/07/2023
Great and fast service to the staff, Nora there which is fast and efficient.
Reagan Entigu
Reagan Entigu
16/07/2023
Very friendly staff and it didn't take long to complete
Xiaoyu Shi
Xiaoyu Shi
01/06/2023
Had the first dose of my vaccination at this clinic. The staffs are super friendly and the whole process is very effective
Hidhir Abdullah
Hidhir Abdullah
22/05/2023
Did my HPV vaccination at DTAP express - the service was extremely efficient and quick, being in and out of the clinic in 15mins.. The staff was friendly and provided information readily, making it a stress free and comfortable experience..
Zaki
Zaki
26/04/2023
The blood drawing experience was quite smooth. The nurse/phlebotomist was very skilled and it was done quickly and efficiently!
Ma Rex
Ma Rex
02/04/2023
Nice
Debbie Foong
Debbie Foong
11/03/2023
Very professional, warm and friendly staff! Clinic was exceptionally clean and easy to get to. No problems, would highly recommend for all tests (hope more is offered in the future)!

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