Sexual Health Screening at DSC Clinic
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 Sexual Health Screening at DSC Clinic

 Sexual Health Screening at DSC Clinic

Why is a sexual health screen important?

Sexual health is important for everyone who is sexually active. Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may cause no symptoms. Regular sexual health screening helps detect and treat infection and prevent long term complications. Practicing safer sex and using condom correctly and consistently can help prevent the spread of STIs.

What does a sexual health screen involve?

You will have a consultation with the doctor or nurse who will take a detailed sexual history to find out which STIs you may be at risk of and which tests are necessary.

Men’s Sexual Health Screen may include:

Types of Tests Types of STIs screened​
Urine Tests​ • Gonorrhoea
• Chlamydia​
Blood Tests​ • HIV
• Syphilis
• Hepatitis B (if not vaccinated)
• Hepatitis A (depending on sexual risk)
• Herpes (depending on history)​
Swab/Smear Tests*
(from the urethra – tip of penis, throat if oral sex with men, rectum if anal sex)​
• Chlamydia
• Gonorrhoea
• Non-gonococcal urethritis​

*This involves the collection of cells from the test site with a cotton tip or similar.

If you have symptoms (eg. pain when passing urine or discharge from penis) you will need to hold your urine for 4 hours before visiting the clinic for the smear tests.

Women’s Sexual Health Screen may include:

Types of Tests Types of STIs screened​
Blood Tests​ • HIV
• Syphilis
• Hepatitis B (if not vaccinated)
• Herpes (depending on history)​
Swab/Smear Tests*
(from the vagina and cervix, rectum if anal sex)​
• Chlamydia
• Gonorrhoea
• Candida
• Bacterial vaginosis
• Trichomonas vaginalis
• Pap smear – cervical cancer screen (from age 25 years, every 3 years)​
*This involves examination of the vagina using a speculum.  A urine sample for chlamydia and gonorrhoea may be taken instead if a speculum examination cannot be performed.  A throat swab may be taken if you have been exposed to gonorrhoea.

 

Vaccinations

At the DSC Clinic, we provide vaccinations for those who have not been vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) or Hepatitis B.

In Singapore, Gardasil and Cervarix are the two approved vaccines against HPV. The DSC Clinic offers Gardasil HPV vaccination to  girls aged 9 to 17 years old and women aged 18 to 26 years old (cost is covered by Medisave in this age group). Older women may also wish to be vaccinated; discuss the suitability of this with your doctor.

Hepatitis B vaccination is advised if you do not have antibodies from a previous infection and if you are not a Hepatitis B carrier. Vaccination against Hepatitis B will protect you from infection and its complications.

If you are unsure if you should be vaccinated against HPV or Hepatitis B, check with your doctor or consult a DSC Clinic doctor.

DSC services

If you think you have been exposed to an STI/HIV or have / had more than 1 sexual partner, visit the DSC Clinic for a sexual health screen.

The public clinic at the DSC Clinic sees both male and female patients every Monday to Friday, from 8am to 11am and 1pm to 4pm, and till 6.30pm on Mondays and Fridays.

A specialised Women’s Clinic is available at the DSC Clinic every Wednesday (8am to 11 am), and every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (1pm to 4pm). It provides confidential screening, treatment, basic contraception and consultation for women.

A specialised Men’s Clinic is also available at the DSC Clinic every Wednesday (8am to 11 am).  It provides confidential screening, treatment and consultation for men, including men who have sex with men (MSM).

Do I need to make an appointment?

To make an appointment, please fill in the Online Appointment Form or alternatively, you may wish to call 62939648 or drop us an email at apptdsc@nsc.com.sg to book an appointment. The appointment call center is opened every Monday to Friday from 8am - 12pm and 1pm to 5pm.

If the clinic is particularly busy or your case is not urgent, you may be asked to make an appointment to attend another day. We recommend all patients to book an appointment at least 3 working days in advance.​

How can I protect myself from an STI?

• Have only 1 sex partner at one time.

• Use condoms every time you have vaginal or anal sex with your partner. Ideally, also use condoms for oral sex. Correct and consistent use of condoms can protect you from STIs including HIV.

• Use water-based lubricant helps to increase sensitivity and prevent condom breakage.

• When you have a new sexual relationship, speak to your partner about safer sex. Use condoms every time you have sex until both have had a check-up for STIs and HIV**.

**HIV testing is most accurate when done at 3 months from your last (most recent) unprotected sex

How to use a condom correctly?

Condom should be on the penis before any penetration. It should stay on until sex is over.  Do NOT use two condoms at the same time.

  • Have your preferred condom in hand.
  • Carefully open the condom pack. Avoid tearing the condom.
  • Start rolling condom onto erect penis. If it does not roll easily, this means it could be inside out. Do not turn condom inside out to start again. Discard condom and start over with a new piece.
  • Roll condom all the way down to the base of your penis.
  • Apply water-based lubricant on the outside of the condom and at the vagina or rectum before penetration.
  • After sex, hold condom at the base of penis and remove penis from vagina or anus quickly to prevent the condom accidentally slipping off inside.
  • Wrap used condom in a tissue napkin.
  • Discard used condom and napkin into a bin.

 

Disclaimer

We have attempted to provide full, accurate and up to date information in this patient information leaflet, based on current medical evidence and opinion. However, information and advice may vary from different sources, and over time. If you have any further questions, see your doctor or healthcare provider.

 

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Last update on 11 Jul 2016
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