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 and regular part of healthcare. Getting an STI test is quick, easy and confidential.
Testing usually involves a urine sample or swab. A blood test may be needed for some STIs and blood-borne viruses.
It’s also a good idea to have an STI test if:
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.
What are the benefits of regular sexual health checks?
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:
If you’re nervous about speaking to someone face-to-face you can call SHINE SA’s Sexual Healthline service where you can speak to a sexual health nurse for free. The Sexual Healthline is open Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 12:30pm.