** Please note that blood tests and cultures may be required, but are not available at the clinic. You will need to go to a local blood-test center to have these bloods drawn. The nurse can direct you to a center near you. However, our physicians will receive and share the results with you. **
Sexually transmitted Infections and blood borne illnesses are infections that you can get by having sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) with someone who already has an STI. See the Health information Topic: Safer Sex (PDF).
When should you get tested for an STBBI?
Testing is recommended if you think you may have been exposed to an STBBI or may be at risk of exposing others. Testing is also recommended it you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Unusual vaginal, urethral or anal discharge.
- Dark colored urine or pain, burning, and blood, with urination.
- Testicular pain.
- Genital skin changes (rash, sore, blister, growths)
- Pelvic discomfort or pain (women)
Note: Not everyone who has an STBBI experiences symptoms. The above-mentioned symptoms may indicate an STBBI but can also be related to other medical conditions.
If you are sexually active it is recommended that you have an annual gynecological exam which includes a Pap Test. The Pap test screens cellular changes on the cervix. It is a screening tool to detect pre-cancer or cancer of the cervix. By having regular Pap tests any changes can be detected and treated early. For more information see the Health Information Topic: Safer Sex (PDF) or this factsheet on Genital HPV Infection.
Men who are sexually active are advised to have an STBBI assessment as needed. See the above- mentioned recommendations. When you present for an STBBI screening please note that you cannot urinate for 2 hours prior to having the cultures taken. Urinating will remove the secretions necessary for an accurate test.
Do I Present Myself to the Walk-In or to a Booked Clinic?
If you have one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, do not wait for an appointment but present yourself to the physician walk-in clinic.
If you do not have any symptoms but would like a screening, or are concerned about a past contact, please book an appointment with the physician booked appointment clinic.
Note: Men presenting for an STBBI screening cannot urinate for 2 hours prior to having the cultures taken. Urinating will remove the secretions necessary for an accurate test.