Types of private blood tests
Naturally, private clinics offer the full range of diagnostic private blood tests that are available on the NHS. However they also offer additional services, including:
- Private blood tests for health monitoring
- Early tests for asymptomatic conditions
- Private blood tests for risk factors
- Tests for hereditary conditions
- Discreet private blood tests for STDs and HIV
- Legally binding private blood tests for paternity
- Advanced blood tests not yet available on the NHS
Private blood tests for health monitoring
With many people now taking an active interest in their own health by booking regular private health assessments, private blood tests are playing an increasingly important preventative role.
In these situations, private blood tests can often spot diseases in their early stages, long before there are any obvious symptoms. This allows you to seek treatment much sooner, making it more likely that that treatment will be effective. Private blood tests can even be used to predict possible future conditions by identifying risk factors and hereditary markers. This can help you to make crucial lifestyle adjustments to compensate.
As a means of health assessment, private blood tests can be worth every penny. They provide peace of mind if they find nothing and they give an early warning if they identify a potential problem.
Private blood tests for sexual health
Another key area for private blood tests is sexual health. Many people feel uncomfortable talking to their family doctor about sexual health issues and then seeing him or her the following week about their child’s asthma check, or whatever. Having private blood tests to check for conditions such as HIV and sexually transmitted diseases can save this embarrassment. In other cases, the discretion provided by a private blood test is the important factor. Simple tests such as HIV and STDs can often be done via the post, so that the patient does not even have to attend the clinic.
Similarly discreet home test kits can also be used to establish paternity, either where personal interests are involved, or where the private blood tests have been ordered by the courts or the CSA to help decide financial support.