A sexual health check is a check-up by a doctor or nurse and usually includes an STI test.
It might seem a little awkward getting a Sexual Health Check but rest assured that these checks are a normal part of healthcare.
Testing usually involves a urine sample or swab. A blood test may be needed for some STIs and blood-borne viruses.
If you’re under the age of 30 and sexually active it’s best to get an STI test every 6-12 months.
It’s also a good idea to have an STI test if:
If you have questions about STI tests you can speak to a nurse for free on the Sexual Healthline.
Most STIs have no symptoms, so you could pass on an infection without knowing.
You can get an STI test by making an appointment with your local doctor, health provider, Aboriginal Health Service or SHINE SA.
Tip: You can make an appointment with your doctor for a general check-up and mention that you’d like to get an STI test while in the appointment.
Did you know that if you’re aged 15-29, you’re more at risk of getting an STI than any other age group?
STIs are infections passed from one person to another by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
Many STIs have no symptoms and if left untreated can cause long-term health concerns. Luckily, common STIs are easy to treat if detected early.
It’s important to remember that:
Want to know more about safer sex and STIs? Read our Safer Sex page.
You can call the Sexual Healthline for free. This is a confidential service, supported by SHINE SA’s sexual health nurses.
The line is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm. Call: 1300 883 793.
To make an appointment at a SHINE SA clinic visit Find a Clinic or call 8300 5300.