How to Get a Sexual Health Check?

The sexual health check is not always included in our routine health check-ups. Most often, we focus on assessing our blood parameters like hemoglobin, and other tests to check our lipid levels, kidney, and liver functions.

However, it is essential to get a sexual health check as well, especially if you are sexually active. It can help you keep an eye on your sexual wellness.

Read on to learn more about how to get sexual health checks, why it is important, and what’s involved in the tests.

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Why is sexual health check important?

Undergoing a sexual health check-up is essential when:

Why is sexual health check important?
Spotting the symptoms of STIs​

Spotting the symptoms of STIs

Most people, including young men and women, are not aware of the common symptoms of STIs. These symptoms are often ignored or are considered to be related to the urinary system.

For this reason, there is a need to be aware of the common signs of STIs so that you can seek early medical intervention and get yourself checked before any complications occur.

Here are some of the common symptoms of STIs:

Where can you get checked?

There are several hospitals and sexual health clinics where tests for STDs are performed. You can also visit your doctors and request a sexual health assessment so that they can refer local clinics.

Students can visit student health clinics that are specifically set up to help young adults to get themselves checked for sexually transmitted infections.

Family planning clinics are also a great place to get yourself and your partner checked. 

What to expect during sexual health checks?

During a sexual health check, the physician will ask you about your sex life, and specific questions related to your physical and mental health.

Sexual health checks usually involve blood and urine tests for STIs. It may also include tests to detect sexual dysfunctions in men and women, and cervical cancer in women.

Where can you get checked?​

The doctor will usually ask questions related to:

The physician will also perform a physical examination. It may include:

After the physical examination, the physician will recommend a few tests to assess your sexual health. Let us learn more about the tests commonly included in sexual health checks. 

Which tests are included in the sexual health check?

Blood tests

The doctor or nurse will draw a small sample of blood from your arm. The blood would be sent to a laboratory to test for STIs like HIV, Hepatitis C, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea.

Swab test

If you have any ulcers, discharge, or sores on the genitals, the doctor will press a cotton swab gently against the part. The swab will be sent to a laboratory to test for STIs.

Urine test

You will be asked to provide a sample of urine in a small container. The sample will be sent to a laboratory to test for urinary infections and STIs.

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How can Stigma Health help?

Most men and women hesitate to visit a doctor for a sexual health check-up. They do not realise how essential it is to get themselves checked for STIs and sexual dysfunctions.

There can often be embarrassment and shame associated with getting a health check, Stigma Health can provide STI and STD in a simple and cost effective way. By ordering a referral online there is no appointment required a your local Doctors office, once you receive your referral head down to your local test centre and compete the testing and results will be sent directly to your phone in 2-3 days.  For judgement free testing, order your referral today,   If you think you may have contracted an STI it is extremely important that you do not engage in further sexual activity, until you have been tested and know that you are safe. 

Is Stigma Health legal?

Absolutely. The process may seem new and different to how you usually go about medical tests, but we are in full compliance with Australian law and Medical Board of Australia Guidelines for Technology-based Patient Consultations.

Why Should I get tested with Stigma Health instead of going to my GP?

Convenience, pure and simple. If you want to skip the trip to the GP, then the Pathology Centre then the one back to your GP for the results then we’re your solution!
If you get tested with us we deliver your Pathology Referral online and you only have to make the one trip to the Pathology Centre and that’s it, your results are delivered to you safely, securely and privately directly to your mobile phone.
Not to mention we’re saving you the awkward conversation!

Can I get an STI Test through Stigma Health?

You can currently undergo a convenient and private STI test through us if you are in Australia and are over 16 years of age. Fit the criteria? Let’s get started.
If you are under 16 then we, unfortunately, cannot provide you with a Pathology Referral to get an STI test. We urge you to visit a doctor to arrange a test ASAP. Alternately you can visit an STI clinic or hospital clinic to get an STI test. If you want to talk to someone prior to doing so you will find the details for several Sexual Health info lines operating across Australia in our Resources section.

Who is Stigma Health?

We are an online healthcare service that aims to make your life more convenient by eliminating the barriers like embarrassment and inconvenience, which often prevent people from undergoing simple medical tests. We started with STIs because they are a serious problem in Australia and are for the most part easily tested for and treated, but we will be expanding our service offering soon so stay tuned!