Some people who have STIs often show no symptoms and can carry the infection for some time without being diagnosed or tested. Do not wait until you show signs before getting tested. It is a good idea to get tested if:
- you have had unprotected sex, that is, sex without a condom or dam, including vaginal, oral or anal sex
- you have had a condom break or it has fallen off during sex
- your partner has another sexual partner or has had previous sexual partners
- you have shared injecting equipment
- you are starting a new sexual relationship.
1. Visit a GP
2. Pathology tests
Some tests will be completed by your GP, others may need a blood test from a pathology centre. Contact Health Assist if you need help finding a pathology centre.
3. Wait for your results before having your any sexual contact
Contact your doctor for the results.
4. Treatment (if test is positive)
If your test is positive, your doctor will prescribe treatment such as medication.
5. Submit a claim
To make a claim, send your receipt to us for:
- GP visit
- Pathology test
- Medication (if you were prescribed)
1. The cost for STI testing is roughly between $50 and $200 – some or all of this will be covered under your OSHC depending on what the charge is.
If you would like to be certain of the costs before the testing:
2. Ask your GP or the pathology centre for the Medicare item numbers for the test and how much they will charge for the tests.
3. Contact us and let us know the item number and the cost. We can tell you how much will be covered under your policy.
Each state and territory manage their own Sexual Health Clinics independently. Whilst it is a free clinic for Australian citizens and permanent residents, there are some services available to international students if you fall in the priority list due to circumstances. You can reach out to them and they will assess your situation individually.
For your nearest sexual health clinic, click on your state
All clinical information contained in this article/on this page is intended for general information purposes only. The information should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified healthcare professional.