What goes down at a sex test?
Want to know about sexual testing 101? The Kindlings.co team got tested and documented the key parts to give you the low down.
Praise for getting tested
“I don’t know why I put this off”
“The doctor was awesome”
“I can now have sex without a mild paranoia”
"Sex feels so much better now I know for sure I don't have chlamydia!"
“It was a great experience”
Booking a test
There are cheap AND SOMETIMES FREE services, depending on where you live. We went to the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (free). It was great!
Where to find a centre? Have a google and find out.
How to book? Just call up and book in.
How do I know if I should get tested?
If you are sexually active, you should get tested once a year, and anytime you think you might be at risk (for example having unprotected sex, or a new partner, or if you experience any symptoms).
For gals: Once you are sexually active, you also need to get a pap smear every 3 years.
When you get there
DON’T PEE - Hold it in!
Go to the desk and fill in a form.
Pick up some free condoms and lube while you wait for the doctor.
What about protecting my identity?
The clinic we went to had a smart system of calling out your first name and the month you were born - don’t worry - these guys have you covered!
What goes down?
They'll ask few questions to see your risk level
Why do they do this? This helps them to know what STDs you may be at risk from, and therefore what tests you might need done. The doctor will ask you a few questions about your lifestyle and sexual history.
Here are some of the questions they might ask:
- Number of partners you’ve had, and currently have, and what their genders are
- Whether you or any of your partners have had a history of injected drug use
- The sexual orientation of your partner(s) if you’ve been in a long term relationship
- Whether you use contraception, and what contraception you use
- Whether you’ve had any symptoms
- Whether you’ve had a partner who has had any symptoms, or if you’ve been contacted by a partner to let you know they’ve had an STD
- Where you’ve travelled overseas
The actual testing
Pee in a cup and/or get some blood taken.
- Urine samples or swab are taken to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea
- Blood samples are taken to test for and HIV, syphilis and herpes
Usually they’ll only contact you if you have tested positive - the centre we went to gave you the option of having your HIV result texted to you, and they didn’t contact you unless you tested positive for anything else. The doctor will explain to you what their process is, and if they don't - ask!
So, if you do test positive for anything the other part of their job is to treat and/or manage the disease or infection. For most STIs, you just need to take antibiotics to clear the infection, and of course contact any partners who may be affected. If you test positive for HIV, the centre will set up a management plan.
Getting tested is awesome - and you’ll feel great for getting it done.
Don't wait - Google a sexual health centre near you and book in now!