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Testing for STIs

If you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have an STI, it is important to get tested.

When to test

The window period for testing is the length of time it can take between catching an infection and when it will show in a test. For the most common STI tests, this is:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea - up to 2 weeks
  • HIV - 45 days or 90 days, depending on the type of test (your test provider will be able to give you this information)
  • Syphilis - 12 weeks

Where to get a test

Testing for STIs is quick and simple. You can test:

How do we test for STIs?

  • a urine sample (male only) or vaginal swab for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • a blood test for HIV and syphilis
  • a blood test for hepatitis B and C, for people in higher risk groups

If you have symptoms, you may require an examination.

Results

We can diagnose some conditions at the clinic, but most tests need to be sent to the laboratory, so you may receive results at a later date. If this is the case, we will inform you if either you or your partner(s) need to arrange treatment

Tested in a clinic: we’ll contact you within 7 working days of your visit to our clinic.
Self testing STI kit: text messages are sent within 7 working days of receiving your sample at our laboratory.

Treatments

If an infection is found, you may need to come back to the clinic for treatment. Clear instructions will be given to you about which treatment you need and how to take it. We will discuss with you if your partner also needs treatment.