TALK. TEST. TREAT: to stay STI free

STI Testing Week 2021 | October 17-23

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Do you? – TALK, TEST & TREAT.

A Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI) is a disease which can be passed on from one person to another during sexual contact.

If you are sexually active it is important that you Talk, Test & Treat to protect your health.

These three small actions can have a big impact on yours and your partner(s) sexual health!!

TALK

People from all walks of life can get STIs.

  • TALKING about sex and about your sexual health is important – TALK to your friends, your partner, your doctor, a health worker or anyone you feel comfortable talking to

  • By talking about sex, sexual health and STIs, it can help you know what steps you can take to have a healthy sex life

  • TALKING. It is important to let your sexual partner(s) know if you have an STI so that they can be tested and treated. In addition to helping your partner(s) treat the infection early, this will prevent you getting re-infected

  • TALK to your healthcare professional about STI testing and treatment

  • You can anonymously tell your sexual partner(s) to get tested for STIs to prevent onward transmission.

  • If in doubt, talk about it and get tested

  • If you test positive for an STI get treated and complete treatment

  • Communication is one of the most essential aspects of a health relationship and this includes your sexual wants, needs and concerns.

  • Communication is a two-way street so listen to each other and keep talking

Resources & Links

SHARE: Comics and tips to help you start the conversation about STIs and sexual health.

https://www.ceh.org.au/resource-hub/sexual-health-and-relationships-education-share/

Let them know: Tell your sexual partner(s) that they might also be at risk:

https://letthemknow.org.au/index.html

 

 

TEST

Now more than ever it’s important to stay healthy, so take the time to get tested, especially if it’s been 12 months since your last sexual health check.

WHY get tested:

  • If you are sexually active you should get a TEST at least once a year, or between new sexual partners
  • Get an STI TEST for your safety and the safety of your partner/s
  • NOT all STIs show symptoms. The only way to know is to get TESTED
  • Getting regular STI TESTING is key to taking the worry out of sex and feeling confident and well
  • STI TESTING is safe and confidential
  • Looking after your sexual health is part of looking after your health and wellbeing. Being healthy and well while being sexually active involves getting regular sexual health TESTS

     

    WHEN should I be tested?

    You should test for STIs:

    • If you’ve had unprotected sex
    • If you and a long-term partner decide to stop using a condom
    • If you change sexual partners
    • once every 6 – 12 months
    • If you notice symptoms after unprotected sex, when starting a new relationship, or when deciding to stop using protection with a regular partner
    • Before you start trying to get pregnant and start a family. Women can pass syphilis to their babies during pregnancy and at birth (congenital syphilis). Congenital syphilis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth or result in serious birth abnormalities
    • If in doubt, talk about it and get tested
    • If you test positive for an STI get treated and complete treatment

     

    WHERE can I get advice, tested and treated?

    Sexual health clinics, GP clinics and community health centres provide sexual health services. 

    Find a GP offering sexual health services in your local area HERE:

    Or here:

    Melbourne Sexual Health Centre – a free, walk-in clinic that provides testing and treatment for sexually transmissible infections.

    Prahran Market Clinic: http://www.prahranmarketclinic.com/

    North Richmond Community Health: https://nrch.com.au/

    The Centre Clinic: https://thorneharbour.org/lgbti-health/centre-clinic/

    Equinox Gender Diverse Health Service: https://thorneharbour.org/lgbti-health/trans-and-gender-diverse-health/

    Pronto, Fitzroy: https://thorneharbour.org/lgbti-health/pronto/

    Epworth Men’s Health Clinic: https://www.epworth.org.au/who-we-are/our-services/mens-health-clinic

    Mediclinic Clayton: https://www.mediclinicclayton.com.au/

    Northside Clinic: http://www.northsideclinic.net.au/

    Family Planning Victoria: https://www.fpv.org.au/

    Tarneit Family Medical and Dental Centre: tarneitfamilymedicalcentre.com.au/

    Ballarat Community Health sexual health clinic: https://bchc.org.au/service/sexual-health-clinic/

    Barwon Reproductive and Sexual Health clinic: https://www.barwonhealth.org.au/services-departments/item/sexual-health-information-screening: https://www.bchs.com.au/sexual-health-clinic

    Bendigo sexual health clinic: https://www.bchs.com.au/sexual-health-clinic

    Kings Park Medical Centre Hillside: https://kingsparkmedical.com.au/

    Clinic 35: Wangaratta & Wodonga: https://www.gatewayhealth.org.au/services/sexual-health-clinics

    Sunraysia Community Health Services: https://schs.com.au/services/sexual-reproductive-health-service

     

    RELATED LINKS:

    TESTme:  Confidential free service for rural & regional Victorians: https://testme.org.au/

    Youthcentral – Victorian information and links related to sexual health and relationships.

    Frank: Find testing services near you: https://www.frank.org.au/sex/where-to-get-an-sti-test-in-victoria/ 

    Royal Children’s Hospital – Young People’s Health Service: Sexual health services for young people aged 12-24 years based in Melbourne CBD

    Raising Children:  The Australian parenting website: https://raisingchildren.net.au/grown-ups/services-support/services-families-of-teens/teens-sexual-health#victoria-nav-title

    Alfred Health: Victorian PrEP Service: https://www.alfredhealth.org.au/services/victorian-prep-service/

    Alfred Health: Victorian HIV Service: https://www.alfredhealth.org.au/services/statewide-services/victorian-hiv-service

    Family Planning Victoria –Sexual health care and education for everyone in Victoria and beyond.

    Jean Hailles – A women’s health organisation that believe in physical and emotional health and wellbeing for all women in Australia throughout their lives.

    Marie Stopes Australia –  private health care provider: https://www.mariestopes.org.au/

    Mercy Hospital for Women: https://health-services.mercyhealth.com.au/our-health-services/mercy-hospital-women/our-gynaecology-services/

    Victorian AIDS Council – VAC leads the fight against HIV/AIDS in Victoria by providing care and support for people living with HIV, health promotion, and advocacy.

    TREAT

    There are effective treatments available for all STIs.
    Even with COVID-19 restrictions, you can leave your home to get tested or treated for an STI.

    Treatment for STIs depends on the type of infection.
    Some STI infections are cured with antibiotics while others can be controlled with different medicines.
    Treatment is usually a course of pills or tablets.
    It is important to finish the full course of medications given to you.

    Don’t delay your care – get tested and treated today

    If you test positive for an STI, it important for yourself, for your partner, and for your family to get treated and to complete the course of treatment recommended by your GP and/or sexual health nurse.

    The sooner you know if you have an STI through testing, the sooner you can treat any infection

    If in doubt, talk about it and get tested.

    If you test positive for an STI get treated and complete treatment.

     

    PREP LINK

    PrEP facts – a tablet that taken once daily can stop you from getting HIV

    https://www.ceh.org.au/resource-hub/prep-facts-daily-tablet-can-stop-you-getting-hiv/

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