Mr A

How often do you get checked?

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I know WGs get checked monthly but how often should punters get checked? When you go to the clinic do you tell them you've paid for sex and what services do you ask for? i.e. full works or just certain stis?

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Tell the clinic you have had unprotected sex with a foreign prostitute. Then they test for everything.

I go about every 3-4 months. But I do do a postal test in between for the 'main'  risks. I use lloyds chemists one. They send u a kit in a plain wrapper, you do a cheek swab and pee sample and mail it back. the results are on your account on their website about 4 days later. You dont have to tell them any personal details.

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7 hours ago, Coventrypunter said:

Tell the clinic you have had unprotected sex with a foreign prostitute. Then they test for everything.

I go about every 3-4 months. But I do do a postal test in between for the 'main'  risks. I use lloyds chemists one. They send u a kit in a plain wrapper, you do a cheek swab and pee sample and mail it back. the results are on your account on their website about 4 days later. You dont have to tell them any personal details.

How often do you do the postal tests?

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I go every 12 weeks, which is the advice at the clinic. Never assume or base your own safety on someone else's say so. 

At the moment I see extremely low client numbers, some weeks only 1, other weeks a total of 4 and intercourse throughout my life is always protected. 

The clinic have always been fine knowing about my job, and revealing you are on the paid sex scene can mean they offer you more extensive screening. 

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Mr A,

The recommendation for the general population is that if they are sexually active then an STD screen and HIV test every year as part of a general medical check up is good practice.

From what I have hear most WGs seem to undergo full screening every 3 months even if they are symptom free.

From what I have learned on various boards, most Clients are recommended to get a full screen every 6-12 months even if they are symptom free. I have recently had my screening - and I had left if for ~18 months (my bad).

In terms of routes, well the NHS is free! And the services are convenient and efficient.

If you are in London and symptom free then go to: http://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/hiv-sexual-health/clinics/dean-street-express

If you are in London and have symptoms or concerns then go to: http://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/hiv-sexual-health/clinics/56-dean-street

Note that Dean Street Express is no longer 'drop in' - you need to book a time-slot on-line.

Also at Dean Street Express the basic questions are gathered on a touch-screen - and if you answer the "have you paid for sex question" positively the doctor will ask you if you would like to have a Hepatitis-B vaccination in addition to your screening tests.

Why pay for private tests when the NHS service is so good?

P.

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On 07/05/2016 at 0:04 PM, Mr A said:

How often do you do the postal tests?

Once between the gum clinic visits. Prob a waste of forty quid but keeps me happy.

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15 hours ago, Pickle said:

Mr A,

The recommendation for the general population is that if they are sexually active then an STD screen and HIV test every year as part of a general medical check up is good practice.

From what I have hear most WGs seem to undergo full screening every 3 months even if they are symptom free.

From what I have learned on various boards, most Clients are recommended to get a full screen every 6-12 months even if they are symptom free. I have recently had my screening - and I had left if for ~18 months (my bad).

In terms of routes, well the NHS is free! And the services are convenient and efficient.

If you are in London and symptom free then go to: http://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/hiv-sexual-health/clinics/dean-street-express

If you are in London and have symptoms or concerns then go to: http://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/hiv-sexual-health/clinics/56-dean-street

Note that Dean Street Express is no longer 'drop in' - you need to book a time-slot on-line.

Also at Dean Street Express the basic questions are gathered on a touch-screen - and if you answer the "have you paid for sex question" positively the doctor will ask you if you would like to have a Hepatitis-B vaccination in addition to your screening tests.

Why pay for private tests when the NHS service is so good?

P.

Cos we dont all live in london. 

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On 24/06/2016 at 9:26 AM, Strawberry said:

I go every 12 weeks, which is the advice at the clinic. Never assume or base your own safety on someone else's say so. 

At the moment I see extremely low client numbers, some weeks only 1, other weeks a total of 4 and intercourse throughout my life is always protected. 

The clinic have always been fine knowing about my job, and revealing you are on the paid sex scene can mean they offer you more extensive screening. 

Same here - I just tell them my current level of sexual activity and they recommend to me when I should next visit.  They don't judge, and never contact you at home if you don't want them to.  It's in their best interests to keep you healthy and coming back as often as is advisable.  It's their job.

I would recommend everyone to stop into their local GUM clinic and educate themselves as to the options available.  I doubt there is a council in the UK that wouldn't make it as easy as possible for you to keep in regular contact with them.  My local GUM clinic never phones or writes to you without signed consent - every result of any test is only obtainable by phoning a number and entering the PIN they give you to access your results.  It really is safe in every way possible.

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23 hours ago, Coriander said:

Same here - I just tell them my current level of sexual activity and they recommend to me when I should next visit.  They don't judge, and never contact you at home if you don't want them to.  It's in their best interests to keep you healthy and coming back as often as is advisable.  It's their job.

I would recommend everyone to stop into their local GUM clinic and educate themselves as to the options available.  I doubt there is a council in the UK that wouldn't make it as easy as possible for you to keep in regular contact with them.  My local GUM clinic never phones or writes to you without signed consent - every result of any test is only obtainable by phoning a number and entering the PIN they give you to access your results.  It really is safe in every way possible.

GUM is NHS. nothing to do with councils.

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10 hours ago, 30GGRedhead said:

Umm

well the ones I go to (not London) have NHS plastered all over them.  and are in hospitals.

this one in worcester is clearly provided by the local NHS trust (scroll to the bottom) http://www.playinitsafe.co.uk/findaservice/service_jac.html

 

and warwickshire is an NHS thing http://www.sexualhealthwarwickshire.nhs.uk/

maybe london is different.  often is.  

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46 minutes ago, Coventrypunter said:

Umm

well the ones I go to (not London) have NHS plastered all over them.  and are in hospitals.

this one in worcester is clearly provided by the local NHS trust (scroll to the bottom) http://www.playinitsafe.co.uk/findaservice/service_jac.html

 

and warwickshire is an NHS thing http://www.sexualhealthwarwickshire.nhs.uk/

maybe london is different.  often is.  

nope, your local hospital might provide the delivery but the funding is local authority. details in the link i provided :)

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At Dean Street Express if you are a punter classified as low risk (no bareback, no sexual activity with other males, no sexual activity outside europe, no encounters with street workers) they recommend annual blood tests (for HIV and hepatitis) and 6 monthly urine tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Some may argue this is  rather infrequent but that is what they recommend. You can opt to attend more frequently of course.

Even though it is no longer a drop in service it's still very easily accessible (and possibly even quicker than before now that they have introduced the text booking system).

I really cannot recommend them highly enough to any punters in London. The first time you attend there is a short face to face consultation with a nurse specialist but they are very non judgemental and I felt very comfortable being totally honest with them. Last time (urine tests only) I was in and out in about 10 minutes and had the results by text 3 hours later.

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