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. People with vaginas can often take their own swab. For people with a penis who don’t have 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, and treatment will be prescribed if your test/s comes back positive. Please note we now offer syphilis treatment in some instances.
Home test kits for STIs and HIV provide a good option for people who won’t or can’t attend at a healthcare setting for testing. HIV testing should be followed up by a health care provider. This allows both a greater accuracy in test results, as well as appropriate, immediate referrals to support services if required.
Read the AFAO‘s HIV Self-test Fact Sheet.
Purchase a HIV Self Test.
If you have any questions about home test kits, please contact our Sexual Health Helpline.
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. To see what it is like to come to SHQ for an STI Test at one of our Drop-In Clinics watch the video below.
STI testing locations in WA