Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common and below you will find some information that might be helpful to you. STIs include gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, human papillomavirus, genital herpes, HIV, trichomoniasis, hepatitis A, B and C viruses, shigella, and Giardia intestinalis.
We see many patients and respect some people come to us just for STI testing while seeing their regular GP for other medical matters. Stonewall offers a safe space that values the privacy and choice of all who attend.
How do I know if I have an STI?
Sometimes you may not have any symptoms, while other times you might. The only way to be sure is to have a sexual health check with you Doctor.
Im straight, hetero, bi, can I still get an STI check at Stonewall?
Regardless of how you identify, we welcome everyone to get tested regulary.
How regularly should I have a sexual health check?
The regularity of STI screening will vary from person to person. Depending on the frequency, type and number of sexual partners you have will mean different testing timeframes.
Some patients are tested monthly while others every 12 months. The most common frequency of testing is every 3 months for our patients.
Your Doctor can guide you on the frequency of STI testing for your situation. The final decision is always your choice.
Sexual health check, whats involved?
An STI screening at Stonewall will vary from patient to patient. A number of factors will be considered for your STI screen. The amount of sex, frequency and type of sex will be part of the discussion.
Our STI screening may include some or all of the following:
– swabs of the throat and rectum
– urine sample &
– blood sample
We respect your right to privacy and choice and want you to feel comfortable.
You have the final say on all of the following:
– what ways we collect samples
– what parts of your body samples are collected from
– if a physical examination is required or not
Stonewall is a sex positive environment and you should not feel worried about discussing all things sex with your Doctor.
What are symptoms of STI's
Smptoms of STIs vary. Common syptoms include:
– discharge from the penins, vagina or rectum
– pain or burning feeling when urinating
– itching around the genitals
– bleeding between periods in women
– swollen or tender testicles or scrotum
– sores, blisters or warts around the genitals
– fatigue, diarrohea or fever
– swollen lymph nodes
I have symptoms of an STI, how quickly can I see a Doctor?
If you have symptoms, please let our reception team know when calling. Most days we can get you in the same day.
Once I have had a sexual health check, when will I get my results?
Depending on what tests are done will determine how long before you have results. Some tests come back the next day while others can take up to a week.
Speak with your Doctor during your consult and they will give you the expected timeframe for your results to be available.
Some times you are able to call our reception team and they will give you your results over the phone. Other times we may call you to discuss your result.
Anonymous testing or using a fake name
Stonewall respects the privacy of all who attend the Practice. With that in mind some patients prefer to be tested under a pseudonym (fake name) or anonymously.
We are happy to work with everyone when it comes to individual needs within the limits of the law. For instance, we cannot bulk bill your STI testing to Medicare if you do not provide your Medicare details.
If you’re wanting to have your testing done anonymously, we will discuss the testing costs prior to sending your samples to the pathology lab.
Your STI results will not be released to anyone without your prior consent. This is regardless of if you use a pseudonym or not.
A fuckbuddy has told me they have an STI, what should I do?
Make an appointment with your Doctor and get tested. This is the only way to know for sure if you have it too.
Will you tell my partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancee, wife, husband if I am diagnosed with an STI?
If you have recently been diagnosed with an STI, contact tracing involves contacting your previous sexual partners who may have been exposed or exposed you to an STI. Contact tracing is important to help stop the spread of STIs.
Stonewall offers a safe space that values the privacy and choice of all who attend.
Contact tracing can be done in a number of ways. Some people choose to contact partners directly. Others choose to use an online contact tracing service that can send the partner an SMS or email.
If you feel uncomfortable contact tracing , speak with your Doctor or our Practice Nurse as they may be able to do it for you.
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