At LycaHealth, we understand the sensitivity surrounding an HIV test. Our private GP clinic in Canary Wharf, East London, provides utmost privacy for sexual health screening – we understand you may not want to be seen at a dedicated sexual health clinic.
You’ll be placed in the capable hands of one of our discrete and highly professional expert GPs, who will discuss your concerns in a consultation, administer the relevant tests and explore the best route for treatment. You will be able to ask questions at any point throughout your sexual health screening, as our team is there to support you and make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
There are over 100,000 people living with HIV, with just over a quarter unaware of their infection. However, treatment is accessible and has improved vastly over time.
What is HIV? Human immunodeficiency virus attacks the immune system via white blood cells. If left untreated, it can leave the body open to contracting infections and diseases. Symptoms of the first stage of HIV can feel a lot like flu, and include:
- Joint pains
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Swollen glands
After the first stage of the virus, the symptoms will likely disappear, and can do so for 10 to 15 years, during which the virus will still be active. By the third stage the virus will have significantly damaged the immune system, leaving the body open to serious infections and diseases.
The antiretroviral treatment reduces the amount of HIV in the body, while helping to boost the immune system. This is an effective treatment for HIV means that patients can live a normal and healthy life.
If you are worried that you may have an STI, book an appointment with one of our expert GPs today for a consultation. You do not need medical insurance to be seen by one of our team, and no lengthy paperwork is required.