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.
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.
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.
Please note we now offer syphilis treatment in some instances.
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A note about home testing kits:
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.
Although home-testing can be a good option, 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.
Click here to read the AFAO‘s HIV Self-test Fact Sheet.
If you have any questions about home test kits, please contact our Sexual Health Helpline