Sexual Health and PrEP
Yes, we bulk bill!
Due to strong demand and popular request, our new Sexual Health Clinic will continue to be a Bulk Billing Service.
The service consists of
- STI checks,
- Results and Prescriptions relating to STI prevention and treatment only.
Please note these bulk billing consultations are limited to 6 minutes only and extended consultations will be privately charged. To book online for the Bulk Billed Quick Consult Sexual Health Clinic you MUST select either PrEP or STI Test option. The selected Practitioner MUST be “Bulk Billed Quick Consult Sexual Health Clinic”
What are STIs?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), previously known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that you can pass to your partner during sexual activity. There are several different types of STI. They may cause symptoms, but you can also have an STI without noticing any symptoms. If left untreated, some STIs can affect your long-term health and/or fertility.
Common STIs include:
- Genital herpes
- Hepatitis B
Am I at risk of STIs?
STIs can be passed through vaginal, oral or anal sex. If you have unprotected sex, you may be at risk of an STI. The best way to protect yourself from STIs is by using condoms for penetrative sex and having regular STI checks.
Early detection of an STI can help prevent you passing it on, and reduces the chance of you developing complications.
What is PrEP
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill that, when taken once a day, can protect HIV-negative people from getting HIV. When taken correctly, it’s 99% effective at preventing HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men. This means it is still possible to contract HIV while taking PrEP, but it’s unlikely.
How often should I be tested?
- For most people, STI screening every 12 months is highly recommended.
- You should be tested more often if you have multiple sexual partners, as STIs may show no symptoms.
- Test immediately if you are at increased risk of STI: new sexual partner, living or travelling to areas of higher prevalence in Australia or in other countries.
- Test immediately if you have any symptom.
- 3 monthly test for people taking PrEP medication regularly.
Even if you aren’t in one of the risk groups above, you can still ask your doctor about STI checks at any time.
What does an STI test cost?
Pathology testing is often bulk billed so there will be no cost to you.
How can I get tested?
You can call us on 02 9194 2010 or book online. All sexual health consultations are bulk billed.
Resources and support
STI Guidelines Australia. https://sti.guidelines.org.au/
QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ+ support about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships on 1800 184 527. https://qlife.org.au/
Lifeline provides support and advice in a personal crisis on 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, every day of the year). https://www.lifeline.org.au