Where to get an STI test in the Northern Territory? - 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 NT. Click on the links below to find a clinic in your area and get it done.

Alice Springs

Darwin

Katherine

Nhulunbuy

Tennant Creek

Online Testing

Other NT health services and resources

Other national health services and resources

 

Alice Springs

City Contact Information
Alice Springs Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
25 Gap Road
Alice Springs NT 0870
(08) 8951 4444
www.caac.org.au/
info@caac.org.au
Alice Springs Clinic 34
6 Gap Road
Alice Springs NT 0870
(08) 8951 7549
Alice Springs Alukura Women’s Clinic
Percy Court
Alice Springs NT 0870
(08) 8953 2727
www.caac.org.au/client-services/alukura-womens-health-service
alukura.reception@caac.org.au
Alice Springs headspace Alice Springs
Unit 5, 5 Hartley Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
(08) 8958 4544
www.headspace.org.au/

Darwin

City Contact Information
Coconut Grove Family Planning NT
Unit 2 The Clock Tower
Dick Ward Drive
Coconut Grove NT 0810
(08) 8948 0144
www.fpwnt.com.au/
Darwin Danila Dilba
36 Knuckey Street
Darwin NT 0800
(08) 8942 3444
www.daniladilbaexperience.org.au/
info@daniladilba.org.au
Darwin Clinic 34
87 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
(08) 8999 2678
Palmerston Family Planning NT
Palmerston Health Precinct
3 Gurd Street
Farrar NT 0830
(08) 8948 0144
www.fpwnt.com.au/

Katherine

City Contact Information
Katherine Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service
25 Third Street
Katherine NT 0850
(08) 8971 0044
www.wurli.org.au/
wurli@wurli.org.au
Katherine Clinic 34
On Katherine Hospital grounds
Gorge Road
Katherine NT 0850
(08) 8973 9049

Nhulunbuy

City Contact Information
Nhulunbuy Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
1424 Arnhem Road
Nhulunbuy NT 0880
1800 111 918
www.miwatj.com.au/
execsec@miwatj.com.au
Nhulunbuy Clinic 34
Cnr Mathew Flinders Way and Chesterfield Court
Nhulunbuy NT 0880
(08) 8987 0357

Tennant Creek

City Contact Information
Tennant Creek

 

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation
Davidson Street
Tennant Creek NT 0860
(08) 8962 2385
www.anyinginyi.org.au/
Tennant Creek

 

Tennant Creek Hospital Emergency Department
Schmidt Street
Tennant Creek NT 0860
(08) 8962 4399
Tennant Creek

 

Royal Flying Doctor Service
Schmidt Street
Tennant Creek NT 0860
(08) 8962 2622
www.flyingdoctor.org.au/
Tennant Creek Clinic 34
Tennant Creek Hospital
Cnr Windly Street and Schmidt Street
Tennant Creek NT 0860
(08) 9862 4947

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 NT health services and resources

Service Description
Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council www.fpwnt.com.au/

Family Planning NT, established in 1973 and located in major centres in the Northern Territory, is a non–profit Organisation, which aims to promote sexual health and rights for everyone.

Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council www.ntahc.org.au

A broad community response to HIV and hepatitis in the Northern Territory

Safe Sex. No Regrets. www.safesexnoregrets.nt.gov.au/

Safe Sex. No Regrets. For people aged 15–29 years old to encourage young people to get a sexual health check if they are sexually active; let people know how easy it is to get tested and work to increase the use of condoms and lube.

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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