Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is another infection of the liver, but unlike Hep B and Hep C most people recover completely. This one is usually transferred from person to person through contact with an infected person’s faecal matter (yes poo) and like Hep B it is still quite common in several popular tourist destinations due to poor sanitation and the way food may be fertilised/prepared…sorry if we just turned you off that next holiday! The good news is that there is a vaccine and once you have had it, you can’t get it again either.
Even though Hepatitis A is not a long-term condition the symptoms can still be very debilitating and whilst you have it you can pass it along to others! Not to mention if you do already have liver damage it can be particularly dangerous. Whilst it is less likely you’ll have contracted this one there are times when our doctors will recommend you are tested for Hepatitis A just to be on the safe side particularly since up to 40% of people with Hepatitis A have no identifiable risk factors for infection.
Hepatitis A is again detected via blood test. We’ll be looking for IgM Hepatitis A antibodies, sounds fancy right? The presence of these antibodies tells us that you’ve recently contracted the infection because they’re present for 3-6 months after. We’ll also look for IgG Hepatitis A antibodies, the presence of these guys tells us you’ve had Hepatitis A in the past and now have immunity.
Hepatitis A is not usually treated, it will clear up all on its own, just like a nasty dose of the flu, but as we said the symptoms can be quite uncomfortable so being tested means a doctor will be able to give you some relief and most importantly knowing you have it means you won’t pass it along to anyone else!
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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!