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STI Testing

Worried that you might have an STI?

An STI test is an easy way to look after your sexual health. You should have tests regularly, because even if you have an STI, you may not experience any symptoms. Here's what to expect: 

Book an appointment with a GP or at a sexual health clinic. At the beginning of the appointment, you will probably be asked some questions about your recent sexual activity to gauge if you are at risk. 

If you have no symptoms:
Your doctor will ask you for a sample of urine and a blood test. Most men will not require any more testing. Women may also need a swab taken from the vagina (which you may do for yourself if you prefer). It's also a good opportunity to get a Pap Smear at the same time if you are due. 

If you have symptoms:
Your doctor will need to examine your genital area, take swabs from the penis or vagina, and a blood test. If you have had anal or oral sex, your doctor may also recommend testing these areas. If you have an ulcer in the mouth or genital area which could be caused by an STI, samples might be taken directly from the ulcer itself.

Results:
Testing for Syphilis, Hepatitis B, and HIV is conducted via a blood test, which looks for the presence of antibodies to each of these infections. It can take up to 12 weeks for these antibodies to be detected by a test and therefore, you may need to have a test after this period of time. Testing can only be conducted with your consent. Test results usually take about a week to come back.

- If your results came back positive, meaning you have an infection, your doctor will prescribe you treatment. Sexual partners will also need to be tested and treated, otherwise reinfection can occur.
- If your results all came back negative, you're good to go! Just ensure you use contraception to protect yourself from STIs, BBVs and unplanned preganancy (if you're female).

During Treatment:
Avoid having unsafe sex while you or your partner are taking the treatment, otherwise you could infect each other again. Do not drink alcohol while taking the treatment. The alcohol will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. You might also forget about having safe sex while under the influence of alcohol.


Click here to see where you can get a test in Western Australia.

 

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