Sexual health checks play a critical role in the detection and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), ensuring overall health and well-being.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on through unsafe sexual practices. Their occurrence has been on the rise in Australia over the past few decades. Many STIs show no symptoms, yet if left untreated, they can have serious long-term health consequences.
Regular screenings for STIs can help individuals identify infections early, allowing for more effective treatment and reducing the risk of long-term health complications. By promoting sexual health awareness and responsible sexual behavior, these checks contribute to the maintenance of healthy relationships and communities.
At Innovation Health Group, we offer sexual health check-ups for men and women. The tests are usually simple, quick, and painless, and treatment may only consist of a short course of medication.
Sexual health checks encompass a wide range of services, including:
- STI testing (e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, etc.)
- Screening for genital warts, herpes, and other conditions
- Treatment for STIs and related conditions
- HPV vaccination
- Contraceptive counseling and prescriptions
- Pregnancy testing and options counseling
- Safe sex education and resources
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention
- Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV exposure
Our doctors recommend getting tested for STIs before you start having sex with a new partner or before you stop using condoms.
Sexual health checks should be considered by sexually active individuals, particularly those with new or multiple partners. Additionally, people experiencing symptoms of a potential STI or related condition should seek a sexual health check to identify and address the issue.
All consultations at our practice are completely confidential. We will never disclose the fact that you had a sexual health consultation or what was discussed during the appointment with anyone without your permission. Your privacy and trust are our top priorities.
What to Expect
A typical sexual health check appointment may include consultations, physical examinations, and sample collection for laboratory testing. You may also discuss your sexual history and any concerns or symptoms with a healthcare professional. Follow-up steps, such as treatment or additional testing, will be recommended as needed based on your individual situation.
Q: How often should I get tested for STIs?
A: The frequency of STI testing depends on your individual risk factors, such as the number of sexual partners, the type of sexual activities you engage in, and your overall sexual health. In general, sexually active individuals should get tested for STIs at least once a year. Those with higher risk factors may need to get tested more frequently, such as every 3-6 months.
Q: Are STI tests painful?
A: Most STI tests are not painful. They usually involve collecting a urine sample, a blood sample, or a swab from the genital area, mouth, or rectum. While some people may experience mild discomfort during the swabbing process, it is generally a quick and minimally invasive procedure.
Q: Can I get tested for all STIs at once?
A: There is no single test that covers all STIs. However, healthcare providers often offer combination tests that can screen for multiple infections at once. It is essential to discuss your specific risk factors and concerns with your healthcare provider to determine which tests are most appropriate for you.