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Sexual Health Checks

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What is STI testing?

STI tests are a fast and easy way to check if you have a sexually transmissible infection (STI).
 

STI testing is all about keeping you — and the people you have sex with — safe.
 

If you are worried that you might have an STI, get an STI test. Lots of people get regular STI tests — just to be safe.
 

STIs are infections that are spread through sexual contact. This includes having skin contact with an infected person's genital skin (vagina, penis or testicles) or anus or having vaginal, anal or oral sex.

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You can bring a support person with you to the check. The nurse will talk to you about the test and answer any questions.
 

An STI test usually involves taking samples from the parts of your body you use when you have sex. Samples can be taken from your vagina, mouth, and anus with a swab — basically a long cotton bud.
 

Depending on your sexual history, the nurse may recommend an STI test. Our clinic offers self-testing. A self-test means that you can take your own sample in private, or with the help of one of our female nurses.

What happens at the check?

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  • It’s good to get an STI test before — and two weeks or more after — you have sex with a new person. If a person you have sex with has sex with another person, you should get an STI test
     

  • If you are worried that you might have an STI
     

  • If you had sex without a condom — or if the condom broke — it’s a good idea to get an STI test. It doesn’t matter whether you used a penis, strap, or a sex toy — if you didn’t put a condom on it, you should get an STI test
     

  • Pregnant people, or people planning to become hapū, should get an STI test. It’s a good way to keep you, and your pēpi, safe

Who should get an STI test?

STIs are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. Many people with an STI have no signs or symptoms so are unaware they are infectious.
 

STIs are caused by microscopic (invisible) organisms such as bacteria, viruses or parasites.

An STI swab will detect the following:

  • Chlamydia

  • Gonorrhoea

  • Trichomoniasis
     

Most STIs are curable, and all STIs are manageable with treatment and care.

 

At Well Women and Family Trust, we are unable to provide antibiotic treatment for a positive STI result.

If you would like a sexual health screening blood test, we will give you a lab form to complete the test.

What are you testing for?

At Well Women and Family Trust, we are unable to provide antibiotic treatment for a positive STI result.
If you would like a sexual health screening blood test, we will give you a lab form to complete the test.

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