When should I get tested?
In general, good times to get an STI test include the following:
- Having a new sexual partner
- You had sex with someone who has an STI
- You had sex without a condom or the condom broke
- You noticing changes in your body
- You notice STI-related symptoms
- It’s been more than 3 – 6 months since your last test, when either you or your partner/s have other sexual partners.
The Comprehensive Sexual Health Screen includes:
- Blood Test for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C
- Urine test for Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
- Swab checking for other bacterial infections
Keeping yourself sufficiently hydrated makes blood taking easier. For accuracy of the urine test results you should hold urine for 2 hours prior to the appointment.During the test
You will have a consultation with an experienced doctor, who will discuss your options for testing. Your consultation may involve personal questions about your medical and sexual history, your typical methods of contraception, and other questions about your sex life, sexual practices, and sexual partners.
All information given during your visit will be treated confidentially. Personal details and test results will not be shared with anyone outside of the sexual health service without your permission.
Some sexual health tests require a blood test while others are tested from swabs from the vagina or urethra and/or a urine sample.
Blood and urine. Swab when appropriate
Your privacy has absolute importance. You can choose how you would like to receive the results. You can be called by a doctor, emailed or you can decide to contact us at the time of your convenience.
If you do have a sexually transmitted infection, it is important that your partner is tested and treated. We recommend that you abstain from sex or in some cases, only practice safe sex until you know your results and window periods have passed.
There is no one profile of tests that is recommended for everyone but we offer various packages that we feel cover the majority of cases. It can be helpful to talk to a doctor about the kinds of sexual health tests that are appropriate for you with regard to your lifestyle and potential risk factors.
If you have had unprotected sex or are worried by any symptoms, we recommend coming in for a test as soon as possible. Depending on the appropriate window periods, certain tests can be repeated later if necessary. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team who can talk you through the process and advise you on when to make your appointment.