Let’s be honest, talking about sex and sexual health with anyone including health professionals can be awkward. But it’s their job to talk about this stuff. Here are some tips to help you prepare.
Who should get one?
Once you’re sexually active, STI testing is a normal part of a healthy sex life.
5 reasons why you should get an STI test?
- 1 in 5 young people will have STI in their lifetime
- Most STIs have no symptoms
- The only way to know for sure is to get tested
- All STIs are treatable
- STI testing is free or low cost
5 times to get an STI test
- You’re sexually active and haven’t had a check in the last 6-12 months (or ever)
- You have a new sexual partner
- You think you might have an STI
- You’ve had sex without a condom or the condom broke
- You and your partner want to stop using condoms
6 places to get an STI test
- Sexual health clinic
- Family Planning clinic
- Aboriginal Medical Service
- Youth clinic
Click here to find an STI testing location near you. The most important thing is to find a health professional you feel comfortable with.
3 ways to book in for an STI test
Depending on the service you may be able to book in:
- By phone
- Or if it’s a walk-in clinic, just walk on in (LOL)
If you have a lot to talk about, book in for a longer appointment.
1 thing to do BEFORE you go for an STI test
Make a list of everything you want to discuss and take it with you to your appointment. That way, if you get nervous, you’ll have a cheat sheet.
Remember: Everything you discuss with your doctor is completely confidential. Click here for more information on talking to a health professional about your sexual health.
For information about what to expect during your STI testing appointment, click here.