Getting a check up is a completely normal part of looking after your health.
If you are physical without protection, have many partners, or use recreational drugs during, you should get tested for STIs and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) every three months. Even if you only have one regular partner, you should get tested at least once a year.
You might have an STI and have NO symptoms.
Regardless of how you feel, the only way to know whether you have an STI or BBV is to have a check up. It's actually pretty easy to do.
What to expect
1. The doctor might ask you some questions. It’s important to be honest so they can give you the right tests.
2. The doctor might ask for any of the following tests:
- A urine test is the most common one – just pee in a cup! This tests for things like chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
- Swabs. These are like long cotton buds. Swabs might be taken from various places. This can be done by the doctor, or if you’d prefer, you can do it yourself.
These test for localised STIs like chlamydia and gonnorhoea.
- A blood test. The doctor will take some blood to test for syphilis and BBVs.
- Inspection of the area, for things like sores or rashes, or for scabies and lice.
3. The doctor will let you know when you can expect to get your results. This normally ranges from a few days to a week. Many clinics offer the option of receiving results by phone, SMS, email or another appointment
4. If you get a positive result, you will need to make an appointment to see the doctor again for treatment and further information.
- What happens at the doctors, stays at the doctors. They are not allowed to disclose any of your personal information to anyone, so you can guarantee that your info is in good hands.
- Your doctor has seen it aaall before, so there is no need to be too self-conscious. A good doctor will make you feel comfortable throughout the process.
- Getting a check up is a short term inconvenience for a long term benefit to your health and a worry free life.
Our tip: Don't delay, get tested today!