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There are a number of different ways to test for sexually transmissible infections (STIs).  In fact, there are a few different tests that might apply to you. The most common test for young people is a urine sample.

You can do some of the STI tests yourself. But that’s only if you don’t have any symptoms.

If you do have symptoms it may be best that you have a physical examination by your doctor. If you’re really uncomfortable with being examined you can always say no...it’s entirely up to you.

 

Urine Sample

Otherwise known as peeing in a cup or jar, this test covers STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea and is the most commonly offered test for guys. Girls can opt to do a urine sample or a vaginal swab. The choice is yours.

 

Vaginal Swab

This is a test you can perform yourself or a doctor or nurse can take the swab for you. It tests for STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea and is the most commonly offered test to girls.

 

Anal Swab

This is another test you can perform yourself or a doctor or nurse can take the swab for you. It tests for STIs like rectal chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

 

Throat Swab

The doctor or nurse may take a swab from the back of your throat. It’s really quick but might make you cough. It tests for STIs passed on through oral sex like chlamydia or gonorrhoea.

 

Blood Test

Getting a blood test involves taking a small amount of blood from you (usually from a vein in your arm) using a sterile needle. The blood taken is then stored in a tube before it’s sent off to a laboratory where it’s tested. These tests can be used to identify syphilis, HIV and hepatitis.

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