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 Victoria. Click on the links below to find a clinic in your area and get it done.

Metropolitan Victoria

Regional Victoria

Online Testing

Other Victoria health services and resources

Other national health services and resources

 

Metropolitan Victoria

Suburb Address
Box Hill Family Planning Victoria
Box Hill clinic
901 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
(03) 9257 0100 or 1800 013 952
www.fpv.org.au/
Carlton Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
580 Swanston Street
Carlton VIC 3053
(03) 9341 6200 or 1800 032 017
www.mshc.org.au/
Fitzroy PRONTO!
175 Rose Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9416 2889
www.pronto.org.au/
Fitzroy North Northside Clinic
370 St Georges Road
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
(03) 9485 7700
www.northsideclinic.net.au/
Melbourne CBD ERA Health
563 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9944 6200
www.erahealth.com.au/
Melbourne CBD Action Centre, Family Planning Victoria
Level 1, 94 Elizabeth St
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9654 4766 or 1800 013 952
www.fpv.org.au/
Prahran Prahran Market Clinic
Prahran Central Shopping Centre
Mezzanine Level, 325 Chapel Street
Prahran VIC 3181
(03) 9514 0888
www.prahranmarketclinic.com/
St. Kilda The Centre Clinic
Rear of 77 Fitzroy Street
St Kilda  VIC3182
(03) 9525 5866
www.vac.org.au/lgbti-health/centre-clinic

Regional Victoria

Suburb Address
Ballarat Ballarat Community Health Centre Sexual Health Clinic
710 Sturt Street
Ballarat VIC 3350
(03) 5338 4540www.bchc.org.au/services/sexual-health-clinic
Belmont Sexual Health Clinic , Kardinia Health
2-18 Colac Rd
Belmont VIC 3216
(03) 5202 9333
www.kardiniahealth.com.au/kardinia-reproductive-and-sexual-health-clinic-2/
Bendigo Bendigo Sexual Health Clinic, Bendigo Community Health Services
171 Hargreaves Street
Bendigo VIC 3550
(03) 5448 1600
www.bchs.com.au/sexual-health-clinic
Bendigo Bendigo Primary Care Centre
123 Arnold St
Bendigo VIC 3550
(03) 5441 8622
www.bendigoprimarycarecentre.com.au/
Eaglehawk Eaglehawk Sexual Health Clinic, Bendigo Community Health Services
3 Seymoure Street
Eaglehawk VIC 3556
(03) 5434 4300
www.bchs.com.au/sexual-health-clinic
Myrtleford Clinic 35-Myrtleford
Gateway Health Sexual Health Clinic
32 Smith Street
Myrtleford VIC 3737
(03) 5723 2000
www.gatewayhealth.org.au/services/sexual-health-clinics
Wangaratta Clinic 35-Wangaratta
Gateway Health Sexual Health Clinic
5-47 Mackay Street
Wangaratta VIC 3676
(03) 5723 2000
www.gatewayhealth.org.au/services/sexual-health-clinics
Wodonga Clinic 35-Wodonga
Gateway Health Sexual Health Clinic
155 High Street
Wodonga VIC 3690
(02) 6022 8888
www.gatewayhealth.org.au/services/sexual-health-clinics

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/
Victoria
TESTme For residents of Victoria who reside 100 km or more from Melbourne
Age: 25 or younger
Cost: Free
What they test for:
·         Chlamydia
·         Gonorrhoea
www.testme.org.au

Other Victoria health services and resources

Name Description
Jean Hailles www.jeanhailes.org.au/

Jean Hailes is a women’s health organisation that believe in physical and emotional health and wellbeing for all women in Australia throughout their lives.

Victorian AIDS Council www.vac.org.au/

VAC leads the fight against HIV/AIDS in Victoria by providing care and support for people living with HIV, health promotion, and advocacy.

Youthcentral www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/

Victorian Government’s initiative for young people aged 12–25, offers information and advice on issues like jobs, study, travel, money and events in your local area.

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.