Where to get an STI test in and around the ACT? - Frank

If you’re having sex, testing for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) is just a normal part of sexual health. STIs often have no symptoms and the only way to know if you’re infected is with a test. Testing at least once a year helps you keep your health in check. Your sex life isn’t over just because you have a positive STI result. STIs are treatable and your healthcare provider can talk to you about how best to protect yourself and your partners going forward.

STI testing is easy and most services are free or low cost. All medical professionals are required by law to keep what you discuss private and this confidentiality can only be broken if there is serious concern for your or someone else’s safety.

For more information on what to expect during a sexual health check-up, click here.

Where to get tested

Finding a place to get tested for STIs is straightforward! Your local GP, sexual health clinic, or Family Planning clinic are all good places for a sexual health check-up.

While STI testing is usually best done in person, there is another option. Online testing allows you to go online, download and print a referral, skip the doctor’s office and go directly to a pathology centre for testing. Once the results are in, you are contacted by the service and referred for treatment if needed.

Some states have their own government supported services that provide chlamydia  and gonorrhoea  testing for free. Nationally, there are two private services that provide a range of tests at a cost.

One thing to keep in mind when deciding whether to test in person or online is that a sexual health check-up at your local clinic or GP provides you with the opportunity to discuss your health with someone who can answer any questions you might have, assess your risk, and decide the STI tests that are right for you.

Online testing isn’t for you if you have symptoms or have been told by a partner that they have an STI. In those instances, it is best to book in with your GP or a clinic.

Find a clinic or online testing service

Below is a list of services in in and around the ACT. Click on the links below to find a clinic in your area and get it done.

Canberra Metro

In and around the ACT

Online Testing

Other ACT health services and resources

Other national health services and resources

 

Canberra Metro

Suburb Contact Information
Bruce headspace Canberra
University of Canberra
170 Haydon Drive, Level B, Building 18
Bruce ACT 2601
(02) 6201 5343
headspace.org.au/ 
Canberra City Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
Level One, 28 University Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601
(02) 6247 3077
www.shfpact.org.au/
shfpact@shfpact.org.au
Canberra City The Junction Youth Health Services
Club 12/25, Cnr of Cooyong Street and Scotts Crossing
Canberra ACT 2601
(02) 6232 2423
www.anglicare.com.au/services/youth-family/health/#aclxrs
junctioninfo@anglicare.com.au
Narrabundah Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
63 Boolimba Crescent
Narrabundah ACT 2604
(02) 6284 6222
www.winnunga.org.au/
Turner STRIP Clinics
AIDS Action Council of the ACT
Havelock House
85 Northbourne Avenue
Turner ACT 2612
(02) 6257 2855
www.aidsaction.org.au/aids-action-council-services/strip-clinics.html
Woden Canberra Sexual Health Centre
Building 5 (North Wing)
Canberra Hospital
Garran ACT 2605
(02) 6244 2184
www.health.act.gov.au/our-services/canberra-sexual-health-centre

In and around the ACT

City Contact Information
Goulburn Goulburn Community Health Centre
130 Goldsmith Street
Goulburn NSW 2580
(02) 4827 3913
Moruya Moruya Community Health
Moruya District Hospital
2 River Street
Moruya NSW 2537
(02) 4474 1561
Narooma Narooma Community Health Centre- Sexual Health
14-28 Graham Street
Narooma NSW 2546
(02) 4475 7200 or 1300 139 887
Queanbeyan Queanbeyan Community Health Centre
Queanbeyan District Hospital
Cnr Erin Street and Collett Street
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
(02) 6150 7150

Online Testing

National
SmartHealth

 

Age: 18+ years old
Cost: $55-$95
What they test for:
·         Chlamydia
·         Gonorrhoea
·         Syphilis
·         Hepatitis B
·         Hepatitis C
·         HIV
sti.smarthealth.me
Stigma Health Age: 16 + years old
Cost: $21.99 for a Personalised Pathology Test Referral
What they test for:
·         Chlamydia
·         Gonorrhoea
·         Syphilis
·         Hepatitis A
·         Hepatitis B
·         Hepatitis C
·         HIV
www.stigmahealth.com/

Other ACT health services and resources

Service Description
AIDS Action Council
of the ACT
www.aidsaction.org.au/

AIDS Action Council of the ACT assists people impacted by HIV through a variety of services, education programs and works to raise awareness of HIV, to reduce stigma and educate on the importance of prevention, treatment and testing.

Sexual Health
and Family
Planning ACT
www.shfpact.org.au

Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) is a leader in sexual and reproductive health workforce development, health promotion and clinical service delivery to reduce barriers to improved sexual and reproductive health.

Other national health services and resources

Service Description
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.

Body Talk  www.bodytalk.org.au/

Info for young people about the body, puberty, relationships and sexual health including STIs and contraception.

Family Planning
NSW Talkline
 
www.fpnsw.org.au/talkline

Talkline provides free and confidential information, advice and options across a wide range of reproductive and sexual health issues.
1300 658 886

Health Direct www.healthdirect.gov.au/

healthdirect provides easy access to trusted, quality health information and advice online and over the phone.
1800 022 222

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 www.qlife.org.au/

QLife national telephone and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends.
1800 184 527

Reachout www.reachout.com/

ReachOut helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times.

 

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