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The Scan Clinic London East,
635A Cranbrook Road,
Gants Hill IG2 6SX
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Biomarkers Included with the STI Sexual Health Screen B IVF – Blood Only blood test
Scroll down for more information about each biomarker
HIV 1 & 2 Antigen – HIV Ag
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen – HBsAg
Hepatitis C Antibodies – HCV Ab/anti-HCV
Syphilis – VDRL IgG/IgM
About the STI Sexual Health Screen B IVF – Blood Only blood test
Our sexual screen blood test checks for common sexual health and autoimmune disorders including HIV, hepatitis B, C and Syphillis
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus which weakens and destroys the body’s ability to fight infection and illness. HIV is the main cause of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV is passed between people via the exchange of a variety of body fluids from infected people, such as blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal secretions. The most common way of getting HIV in the UK is through having unprotected sex with an infected partner.
Hepatitis B and C are liver infections caused by a virus that is spread through blood and bodily fluids. Hepatitis B can also be passed between people through the exchange of bodily fluids. Hepatitis C, the more prevalent type, is usually transmitted through blood-to-blood contact and attacks the liver leading to liver damage and disease.
Why choose us?
We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.
Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.
Biomarker information for STI Sexual Health Screen B IVF – Blood Only blood test
This test looks for the presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) 1 and 2 antibodies. This virus protein is detectable in the blood before antibodies are made to the HIV particle, meaning it allows for earlier detection of HIV if present.
The hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is a protein on the surface of the hepatitis B virus, present in the blood during a hepatitis B virus infection. Checking for this surface antigen helps to identify acute and chronic HBV infections. Positive surface antigen means the virus is present and is infectious.
Hepatitis C antibodies are produced by the body in response to exposure to the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Testing for these antibodies in the blood helps to identify a hepatitis C infection.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, spread through sexual contact. Which is important to test for and treat as the infection can cause a range of health problems if left untreated. Antibodies are produced by the immune system when there is an infection in the body. Checking for syphilis specific antibodies in the body helps to identify an infection.
What does the STI Sexual Health Screen B IVF – Blood Only blood test involve?
This blood test is just like a standard blood test.
You will be asked to uncover you left or right arm and suitable vein is found. A tourniquet will be placed and tightened around your upper arm allowing the veins to swell and a needle will be placed into your vein. A small quantity of blood is then drawn into tubes. Once the procedure is complete a small plaster will be placed onto the site which can be removed after a few hours.
How do I prepare
- The blood test requires access to the area of interest, therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- No specific preparation is required for this scan.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- Blood results require interpretation. All results should be interpreted by your regular health care professional / GP.