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Did you know that the types of STI tests you need differ depending on the type of sex you’re having?

There are a few different types of STI tests – urine tests, vaginal swabs, throat swabs, rectal swabs and blood tests. Each one has a different purpose. In Australia, a standard STI test is likely to include some of the following, depending on your sexual history.

  • Blood tests – HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B
  • Urine tests – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea OR vaginal swab – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
  • Rectal swab – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
  • Throat swab – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea

You might not think you need all of them. You might be thinking ‘I had a urine test and it came back clear’. But, just because you’ve not got an STI in your genitals, doesn’t mean you don’t have one in your throat for example.

The good news? All of these STI tests are super quick and easy. And treatment for many STIs is a simple course of antibiotics.

Although doctors will offer you certain tests, they may not offer you the ones you need if they don’t have your full sexual history. That’s why it’s important to find someone you trust and be as open as you can.

By taking the time to understand what tests you need, you can take control of your sexual health and have even better sex.

Want more specific info about what tests are right for you? Reach out to Nurse Nettie or ask a question on our forum.