Things to do once you’re sexually active:
Talk to your sexual partners about STIs before having sex
Use a condom or other protection methods
Find an STI testing location
Get tested regularly for STIs
Once you become sexually active, STI testing should become a regular part of your sexual health routine. STIs don’t always have symptoms and the only way to know if you have one is to be tested. Testing regularly is a great way to stay on top of your health and detect an infection early. STIs are treatable and early diagnosis can help you avoid some of the health problems that can result from having an untreated infection. Being diagnosed with an STI isn’t the end of the world. During the check-up, your doctor can give you advice on how to treat the infection and prevent infection for you and your partners in the future.
STI testing is easy, free or low cost. An STI test is confidential and all health professionals are required by law to keep what you discuss private, no matter how old you are. This confidentiality can only be broken under serious circumstances. More information on your healthcare rights is available at ReachOut.
For tips on talking about sexual health with your doctor, click here.
Finding a clinic
Finding a place to get an STI test is easy! Your local doctor, Family Planning or sexual health clinic can offer STI testing.
Additionally, some states—South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, and Victoria—have their own government supported, online testing services which provide chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing for free. There are also two national services which are private and provide a range of tests at a cost. Find more information about what online testing is and where it’s available here.
Below is a list of sexual health and Family Planning clinics throughout Western Australia. Click on one of the links below to find clinics in your area of WA and check STI testing off your to do list.
|Fremantle||South Terrace Clinic
Level 2, Fremantle Hospital (B Block)Alma Street
Fremantle WA 6160
(08) 9431 2149
Level 1 Wesley CentralCnr Market Street and Cantonment Street
Fremantle WA 6160
(08) 9335 6333
|Northbridge||Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ)
70 Roe Street
Northbridge WA 6003
(08) 9227 6177
|Northbridge||Women’s Health and Family Services
227 Newcastle Street
Northbridge WA 6003
(08) 6330 5400 or 1800 998 399
|Northbridge||Quarry Health Centre
170 Aberdeen Street
Northbridge WA 6003
(08) 9227 1444
|Perth||Royal Perth Hospital, Sexual Health Clinic
Level 4, Ainslie House
48 Murray Street
Perth WA 6000
(08) 9224 2178
|Perth||Derbarl Yerrigan (Aboriginal Health Service)
156 Wittenoom Street
Perth WA 6004
(08) 9421 3888
|West Perth||M Clinic
548 Newcastle Street
West Perth WA 6005
(08) 9227 0734
3/15 Peels Place
Albany WA 6330
(08) 9842 9871
40 Fourth Road
Armadale WA 6992
(08) 9393 0300
Shop A, 38 Frederick Street
Broome WA 6725
(08) 9193 6222
|Brunswick||South West Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Outreach Clinic-Brunswick
St Johns Ambulance Sub Centre
1 Ridley Street
Brunswick WA 6224
(08) 9734 3581
1/82 Blair Street
Bunbury WA 6230
(08) 6164 0680
|Bunbury||South West Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Outreach
Unit 5/55 Forrest Avenue
Bunbury WA 6230
(08) 9726 6000 or 1800 779 000
|Carnarvon||Carnarvon Population Health Unit
Cnr Stuart Street and Johnson Street
Carnarvon WA 6701
(08) 9941 0560
|Collie||South West AMS Outreach Clinic – Collie
Collie WA 6225
(08) 9726 6000
|Geraldton||Geraldton Population Health Unit
Geraldton WA 6530
(08) 9956 1985
|Geraldton||Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Health Service
Rifle Range Road
Rangeway WA 6530
(08) 9956 6555
|Kalgoorlie-Boulder||Kalgoorlie-Boulder Population Health Unit
36-42 Ware Street
Boulder WA 6432
(08) 9080 8200
Level 1, 48 Brookman Street
Kalgoorlie, WA 6430
(08) 9021 5599
|South West AMS Outreach Clinic-Manjimup
GP Down South Rooms
Unit 7-8 / 30-32 Rose Street
Manjimup WA 6258
(08) 9771 2260
|Osborne Park||headspace Osborne Park
145 Main Street
Osborne Park WA 6017
(08) 9208 9555
|South Hedland||Pilbara Public Health Unit
Hedland Health Campus
Hedland WA 6722
(08) 9174 1660
|Could I have it?|| www.couldihaveit.com.au
A Government of Western Australia Department of Health website that provides information on all STIs, services, and online testing in WA.
|Get the facts||www.getthefacts.health.wa.gov.au
Get the Facts provides young people in WA with information on sexual health and relationships, including contraception, body image, tattoos, piercings, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood–borne viruses (BBVs).
|Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ)||www.shq.org.au
SHQ offers a range of professional services including testing and treatment of STI’s, contraception, unplanned pregnancy, pap smears, and drop–in clinics.
|Western Australian AIDS Council||www.waaids.com
The WA AIDS council leads the Western Australian community in the provision of a wide range of services in the prevention, treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS.
|Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet||www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet makes comprehensive, up–to–date information accessible to people interested in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
The all good website includes information, resources and service directories on STIs and BBVs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It includes a ‘find a service tab’ to find a local doctor, clinic or a testing centre that provides STI and BBV testing. The website also includes links to local support services.
|Better to Know||www.bettertoknow.org.au/
‘Better to Know’ is a website for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. It provides detailed information on STIs and BBVs, and on getting tested– in two sections, Men’s Business and Women’s Business. It can send SMS reminders to have a sexual health check and can also be used to notify recent sex partners anonymously that they need to have a sexual health check.
Info for young people about the body, puberty, relationships and sexual health including STIs and contraception.
|Family Planning NSW Talkline
Talkline provides free and confidential information, advice and options across a wide range of reproductive and sexual health issues.
1300 658 886
healthdirect provides easy access to trusted, quality health information and advice online and over the phone.
|Marie Stopes Australia||www.mariestopes.org.au/
Marie Stopes provides safe and supportive reproductive health services such as contraception, abortion, vasectomy, STI checks and more.
QLife national telephone and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends.
ReachOut helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times.
|Young Deadly Free||youngdeadlyfree.org.au/
Young Deadly Free is all about raising awareness of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) affecting young people in regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They provide information and resources for young people; elders, parents and other adults; and doctors, nurses and other health workers.