Different tests have different costs, but most of the time it’s just the cost of a doctor’s consultation. And, if you have a Medicare Card, most doctors can bulk bill you. That means it’s FREE!
You can choose where to get tested. How about going to a Doctor’s surgery, GP, medical centre, AMS, or Family Planning NSW. There’s definitely no shortage of options.
Even if you’ve only had sex once you’re at risk of getting an STI.
Trust is important but so is looking after your health. You should use condoms until you both get tested for STIs.
Most tests for STIs you can do on yourself, such as urine samples or self-collected swabs. But, if you have symptoms an examination is encouraged. You can always say no.
Most STIs have no symptoms. Take chlamydia as an example. Last year, over 12,000 young people in NSW were diagnosed with it. Yep, it’s that common.
A doctor will always try to ask you before sharing any information you have given them. They may sometimes have to share certain information without your permission.
STIs can be transmitted this way too. With oral sex involving a penis use a condom, it’ll reduce the risk of getting any STIs.
No one knows your body better than you. So it’s up to you to ask your doctor for a test and tell them how you feel.
It’s just you, so you’re safe! STIs are transmitted when body fluids are transferred from one person to another, or skin-to-skin contact between two people is made.
There’s no cure, but there are treatments out there that can greatly improve the health of people with HIV.
More and more young people are getting tested. Many of your friends have probably already had an STI test.
People go to the Doctor for all sorts of things. And, the staff are trained to be non-judgemental.
Pre-cum can contain semen and can transmit STIs or result in a pregnancy.
Whether you are monogamous or not, you both need to get tested for STIs before you stop using condoms.
The Pill doesn’t protect you from STIs. Only condoms prevent both STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
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