Sexually transmissible infection (STI) tests help protect you and your partner/s. Many STIs do not have symptoms but can be easily cured.
WHY DO I NEED TO GET TESTED FOR AN STI?
There are a range of different reasons for getting tested for a sexually transmissible infection (STI).
You can have an STI test any time if you just want to look after yourself and your partner/s, but you should have one at the following times:
- if you and a new partner are beginning a sexual relationship
- if you have had unprotected sex
- if you think you may have an STI
- if you just want a routine sexual health check
- if a condom broke
- if you are pregnant
- if you have symptoms or just feel something is not right.
A urine test may be all that's needed to test for an STI.
If you don’t have any symptoms, you may be able to take the test samples yourself.
This means you can get an STI test without an appointment.
We’ll ask you to fill in a form answering a few questions to check the STI self-test is right for you. Then you’ll do the self-test in the clinic bathroom and return the self-testing kit to a receptionist.
A nurse will contact you in 5 days to let you know your results either by text or phone call, just like a regular STI test. If you need treatment, they will help you book an appointment.
At the moment, self-testing is only available at some Family Planning clinics, so ask your local clinic if this is an option for you. If your clinic doesn’t offer it, don’t worry - self-testing will be coming to all clinics soon and you can still make an appointment to have an STI test at any of our clinics.
CAN STIS BE TREATED?
Most STIs are easily cured. Lots of STIs are treated with antibiotics and others need creams and other tablets.
Some STIs remain in a person’s system for a long time or forever, and their symptoms are managed, for example herpes.
HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, cannot be cured but it can be controlled by medication.
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