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STI Testing

Further information

  • Student Condom Scheme
  • Getting sexual consent

Don't hate on STI testing!The vast majority of people who contract an STI have no noticeable symptoms. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. 

If left untreated, STIs like Chlamydia can cause serious health problems such as infertility. 

Should I get tested?

You should get tested if:

  • You've had vaginal or anal sex without a condom
  • A condom broke/fell of while having sex
  • You're at the start of a new sexual relationship
  • You and/or your partner have multiple sexual partners
  • You have been named as a contact of someone else with an STI
  • You have STI symptoms
  • You can't remember if you had unsafe sex (E.g. you were drunk)

What does a test involve?

People are often wary of getting an STI test as they are not sure what it will involve, but it's normally a very quick, cheap and easy process that can be done during a standard 10 minute consult with your doctor.

There are different tests conducted to detect different STIs. The type of test depends on which STIs you may be at risk of and what type/s of unprotected sexual contact you've had: vaginal, anal or oral. Most of the time you can obtain the samples yourself in the privacy of the bathroom!

Your doctor will normally start by asking you questions to find out which tests are needed (E.g. whether you've had unprotected sex, what type of sex you've had, whether your partner is at high risk). They will then request that you provide samples to test for the infections that you may be at risk of. 

Possible samples that may be taken:

  • Urine sample
  • Self-obtained lower vaginal swab (ladies, you can do this yourself)
  • Endocervical swab
  • Self-obtained throat or anal swabs (you can do these yourself)
  • Blood sample (only if testing for syphilis, HIV or Hepatitis)
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Pap testing (Pap smear)

It is also important for females to have regular Pap tests if they are 18 years or over OR sexually active. Pap tests should be repeated every 2 years. Women who have sex with women still need to have regular Pap tests. 

A Pap smear is a quick and simple test used to screen women for changes in the cells of the cervix caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that is almost always sexually transmitted. Abnormal cervical cells can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated.

The doctor will take a swab from the cervix that will be tested for abnormalities. This can be done at the same time as an STI test. Most of the time you can request a male or female doctor to perform the test if it makes you more comfortable.  

There is a series of 3 HPV vaccines available to protect against the most common 4 strains of HPV. However, even you have been vaccinated you should still have regular Pap smears every 2 years.

The Gardasil HPV vaccine is available at the UWA Medical Centre if you have not been vaccinated.

Where can I get tested?

The Medical Centre on campus provides confidential, bulk-billed STI testing services to UWA students. International students will be direct-billed to their insurer. 

You can request a particular doctor for your appointment if it makes you more comfortable.

There are also many other youth-friendly sexual health services available if you would prefer to go off campus. 

Don't freak out! STI tests are super quick and easy to get done and are one of the most common tests done at the Medical Centre!