STI testing is simple and confidential. SHQ clinicians regularly perform STI tests, and are very comfortable seeing clients for this reason. If you are sexually active we recommend you have an STI test once a year, or more frequently if you have a new partner/s or are experiencing any symptoms.
Your clinician may ask what type of sex you’ve had (vaginal, anal or oral), as well as if you have any unusual symptoms. Answer as honestly as you can, so you can get the correct tests. The test itself usually involves a urine sample, genital swab or a blood test, or a combination of these. Women can often take their own vaginal swab.
For men without symptoms, a urine test is often all that is required. If a swab is needed, it is usually taken from the end of the penis, not inside.
Your clinician will talk you through any tests. If you have any questions: just ask. Treatment will be prescribed if your test/s comes back positive. If you have any symptoms please make an appointment at our clinic so you can be seen by an appropriate health professional.
If you don’t have any symptoms you may prefer to come to a STI Drop-in Clinic.