What does testing involve?

If you have no sypmtoms, your doctor will ask you for a sample of urine and a blood test. Most men will not require any more testing, but women may also need a swab taken from the vagina (which you may do for yourself if you prefer).

If you do 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.

Testing for syphilis, hepatitis B, 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 results show you have an infection, sexual partners also need to be tested and treated, otherwise reinfection can occur.

Avoid having unsafe sex while you or your partner are taking the treatment. 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.

Test results usually take about a week to come back. If results show you have an infection, sexual partners also need to be tested and treated, otherwise reinfection can occur.


Where can I get a test for STIs or HIV?

A test is available at most GP’s. However there are a number of other places that you can go to get a test, if for any reason you do not feel comfortable seeing a GP.

Other places to get a test are:

Fremantle Hospital, B2 Clinic
Alma Street , Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9431 2149

Royal Perth Hospital, Sexual Health Clinic
Ainslie House, Murray St, Perth
Telephone: (08) 9224 2178

FPWA – Sexual Health Services
70 Roe Street , Northbridge
Telephone: (08) 9227 6177 or 1800 198 205 toll-free

Quarry Health Centre (For under 25’s)
Rear, 7 Quarry Street, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9430 4544

Women’s Health Services
100 Aberdeen Street , Northbridge
Telephone: (08) 9227 8122 or
1800 998 399 toll-free

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service
156 Wittenoom Street , Perth
Telephone: (08) 9421 3888


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Rural or Regional

Regional Population Health Units
(Those in bold provide clinical services)

Albany (08) 9842 7500
Broome (08) 9194 1630
Bunbury (08) 9781 2350
Carnarvon (08) 9941 0560
Geraldton (08) 9956 1985
Kalgoorlie-Boulder (08) 9080 8200
Northam (08) 9622 4320
South Hedland (08) 9172 8333


Need more information?

WA AIDS Council
www.waaids.com
AIDSline: 9482 0044

FPWA Sexual Health Services
www.fpwa.org.au
Sexual Health Helpline:
9227 6178 (metro)
1800 198 205 (regional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why practise safe sex?

There are really good reasons why sexually active people should practise safe sex:

  • You can’t tell whether someone has an STI based on how they look

  • STIs are common

  • Just because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean that you don’t have an STI

Want to know more about condoms, STIs or
safe sex
? Check out the links page for more information.

Why use condoms?

Condoms are the best way to protect yourself and your partner from HIV, chlamydia and many other STIs. Find out more.

What does testing involve?

The type of test or tests you have will depend on the type of sexual activity you have been involved in and what symptoms you have. It's important to remember that you can have and STI and not have any symptoms at all. Find out more.