Let’s start with who should get tested…
If you still need more convincing let’s play a game of ‘Have You Ever’
If you answered Yes to any question other than 1 then don’t do a shot of your favourite beverage, GET AN STI TEST. If you answered No to question 1 then GET AN STI TEST. If you answered I Don’t Know to questions 11 and 12 then, you guessed it; you should GET AN STI TEST.
Let’s start with the most important reasons why Stigma Health may not be the answer for you. There are times when a face-to-face with the doctor is your safest choice so please make sure you do not fall into any of these categories:
you have symptoms of Herpes 1 & 2 such as:
You should see a doctor to have a swab taken. Herpes 1 & 2 cannot be diagnosed by a blood test so we do not currently test for it. It’s important you seek the best course of treatment through a face-to-face consultation ASAP and hopefully it goes without saying…do not engage in any sexual activity prior to doing so.
you are under the age of 16 we unfortunately cannot provide you with a pathology referral to get tested for STIs.
What Should You Do? If you are under 16 and are concerned you may have contracted an STI 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 need more advice or help finding an STI clinic near you visit our Resources section where you will find the contact information for several Sexual Health Info Lines operating across Australia.
If you want to find out about the ‘window period’ for a certain STI before visiting a doctor just scroll down a little further.
you are outside of Australia Stigma Health unfortunately cannot currently provide you with a pathology referral to get tested for STIs, however we hope to be a global force fighting STIs one person at time in the near future so please sign up to receive updates from us so you’ll know when Stigma Health can help you.
If you are in the ‘window period’ then you can proceed, but we recommend you return for further tests later if the first one comes back negative or consult your doctor once the ‘window period’ has passed.
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!