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Exclude sexually transmitted infection (STI)

We provide rapid and uncomplicated testing for infections with chlamydia, hepatitis, gonorrhoea, syphilis & other pathogens – in an anonymous manner, if requested.

Benefits at a glance:
  • Blood sampling is usually possible on the same day – including preceding medical consultation, if requested
  • Providing your urine sample for chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing
  • Reliable laboratory results based on validated testing and quality assurance procedures – available online or by telephone – typically within 12 to 24 hours
  • Anonymous testing procedure, if requested, i.e. without providing personal data or without documentation in the medical record
  • Targeted treatment recommendations in cases of positive test results

Testing for STI

The risk of getting infected with sexually transmitted diseases increases with the level of promiscuity. Nonetheless, even only one unprotected sexual contact may result in severe infection. Typically, such infections lead to inflammation in the urinary tract, often with chronic course. The issue is: Depending on the disease process, you may only experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

If left untreated, such infections may have severe consequences, for example infertility, tubal pregnancy or spontaneous abortion. Infections may also be transmitted to other persons, e.g. your partner. You have the opportunity to undergo testing in order to prevent infections of yourself and the transmission to your partner.

If you are diagnosed with such an infection, early treatment can provide you with very good chances of recovery.

Syphilis testing

Syphilis (lues) is caused by bacteria (Treponema pallidum) and very easily transmitted. On the other hand, it usually can be controlled with antibiotics. If left untreated, this bacterial infection may, however, lead to severe damages to nerves and organs, and eventually result in deafness, blindness, and mental deterioration. If infection occurs during pregnancy, the disease can be transmitted to the unborn child and may cause severe health damages. In Germany, an increasing number of syphilis infections has been observed. Infection with the syphilis pathogen can be detected by means of blood tests.

Chlamydia testing

The bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis causes inflammation of the urethra (urethritis), the genitals and/or the rectum as well as of the throat. If chlamydia infection is left untreated, it can spread throughout the body and lead to infertility. In order to detect chlamydia infections, body fluids such as urine or semen and swab samples (collected from throat or rectum), respectively, are tested for the presence of chlamydia genes (PCR testing). This type of detection technique allows for the identification of smallest amounts of pathogens in the sample material. The detection of Chlamydia trachomatis is also included in our Multiplex-PCR test procedure.

Testing for gonorrhoea (clap)

The clap is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It leads to purulent inflammation of the urethra (urethritis), the genitals and/or the rectum as well as of the throat. If left untreated, the so-called gonococci can spread throughout the body. The infection of a child during delivery is possible. In order to prevent late complications of gonococci infections, timely treatment with antibiotics is required. The infection is detected by identifying genetic material of the gonococci in urine or swab samples (collected from throat or rectum) using the PCR test procedure. Due to the high sensitivity of PCR testing, smallest amounts of pathogens in sample materials are sufficient for detection. The detection of gonococci is also included in our Multiplex-PCR test procedure.

Multiplex-PCR for sexually transmitted infections (STI)

If testing for just one pathogen is conducted, other infections might remain undetected. Multiple infections with multiple pathogens may occur particularly with sexually transmitted infections. By using the Multiplex-PCR test procedure, all relevant pathogens of sexually transmitted infections can be simultaneously detected in a single urine or swab sample. The procedure has been designed to detect the following pathogens:

• Chlamydia trachomatis
• Neisseria gonorrhoeae
• Mycoplasma genitalium
• Mycoplasma hominis
• Ureaplasma urealyticum
• Ureaplasma parvum
• Trichomonas vaginalis

Additionally in swab samples:
• Herpes simplex virus (type 1+2)

Hepatitis testing

Both types of liver inflammation – hepatitis B and C – are caused by viruses. Transmission routes of the infection include blood and injections as well as unprotected sexual intercourse. A vaccine against hepatitis B is available. As a consequence of acute stages of the disease, “jaundice” (icterus, yellow skin colouration) may develop. However, this is not always the case, so that the disease often remains undetected. If inflammation becomes chronic, it may lead to liver cirrhosis (replacement of normal liver tissue by scar tissue) or hepatic cancer. Particularly the hepatitis B virus can be transmitted to unborn children during pregnancy. Today, reliable therapies are available for the treatment of hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis viruses are detected by using blood tests.

HIV testing

HIV is a virus that harms the body’s defences and may eventually lead to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Today, very powerful drugs are available to treat HIV and prevent the outbreak of AIDS. However, it is crucial that treatment is initiated timely. While the body’s immune system produces HIV antibodies that can be detected only several weeks after infection, certain virus components (antigens) can be detected at an earlier point in time. By combining the detection of both antibodies and antigens, our highly sensitive HIV search test allows for a reliable detection and exclusion, respectively, of HIV in the blood as early as 6 weeks following a risk contact. By means of HIV-PCR, even smallest amounts of HI viruses can be directly detected in the blood. This test can be used as early as in week 3 (> day 15) after potential infection. For more information about the different HIV test procedures, please click here.

Positive test result?

In cases of positive test results, prompt and targeted action can be taken. Depending on the infection, we provide you with targeted advice in terms of further treatment by medical experts.

Blood sampling

The samples used for syphilis, hepatitis, and HIV testing are collected by drawing blood (from a vein).

Urine sample

For the detection of chlamydia and gonococci as well as for the Multiplex-PCR test procedure, native urine (the initial portion of urine when passing water) is needed. We will provide a urine cup for you to deliver your urine sample directly. Note: It is important to wait at least one hour after preceding urination. Alternatively, you can buy a urine cup in any pharmacy. You can then collect your urine sample at home and deliver to us thereafter.

Swab sample

For the detection of chlamydia and gonococci as well as for the Multiplex-PCR test procedure, it may be necessary to use swab samples collected from the rectum or throat. You may collect your swab samples at the laboratory using our patient instructions.

In cases of positive test results, prompt and targeted action can be taken. Depending on the disease, we provide you with targeted advice in terms of further treatment by medical experts.
Schedule::

You typically receive your test result within 12 to 24 hours.



Checklist::

For the direct detection of chlamydia and gonococci, native urine (the initial portion of urine when passing water) is needed. You can get a urine cup from us or in any pharmacy.

Note: It is important to wait at least one hour after preceding urination. Please note, that you are requested to make an appointment for delivering your urine sample.



Costs::

Individual tests starting from € 20.11*; please do not hesitate to ask for advice!
For example: HIV screening: € 20.11*
Chlamydia: Direct detection in urine: € 33.51*
Gonococci: Direct detection in urine: € 33.51*
Multiplex-PCR STI: 67,02 €*
Syphilis screening: € 23.46*
Hepatitis C serology: € 26.82*
Hepatitis B serology: € 52.96*
Hepatitis A serology: € 32.18*
Plus blood sampling/expenses: € 9.55*
Swab sampling € 5.36*
Medical consultation (optional): starting from € 10.72*

All prices apply to our Labor Stephansplatz facility in Hamburg. Prices of other laboratories may vary.



Click here for a price list of all services

The cost will be charged in accordance with the medical fee schedule (Gebührenordnung für Ärzte; GOÄ).

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