An active sex life plays an important role in healthy relationships, but it also carries risks. Engaging in any sexual activity without protection can result in sexually transmitted infections (STI) or unintended pregnancies. The sexual health services our clinic offers in Perth provides treatment for these issues as well as counselling and other preventative measures.
Northbridge Medical Centre is a modern practice located right in the heart of the Perth CBD. We are committed to providing high standards of care in a friendly environment. Our clinic’s sexual health services, including STD and STI tests, are easily accessible and we’re dedicated to providing the highest level of care to all our patients.
Our clinic and highly experienced medical team know that sexual health is just as important as physical and mental health. Ignoring any symptoms can considerably impact your quality of life. We offer a multidisciplinary service to screen, test, and treat patients with sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and infections (STI).
Some of the more common STIs we test for are:
Most STIs are asymptomatic Generally, the symptoms of STIs can include:
STDs, such as HIV/AIDs, are mostly serious conditions that require immediate treatment and therefore unprotected sex should be avoided until both you and your partner have been screened. Particular types of STDs such as HIV cannot be cured and are deadly, but some can be treated with antibiotics or antivirals. Symptoms can vary and can often be silent.
Prevention is always better than cure, so on your next visit to our STD and STI clinic, discuss your sexual health protection options with our caring team. If you have started a new sexual relationship or think you may have an STI then it is important to schedule an appointment for STD testing. Contact us to make an appointment at our STD clinic in Perth today.
The type of test requested by your doctor depends on the symptoms and risk factors. Our doctor will usually ask questions about your sexual history and then talk you through the type of test requested and any treatment prescribed.
STI tests usually involves urine test and genital or anal swab test which you can take yourself. Occasionally a blood test will also be included in your testing.
Sometimes a clinical examination may be required by the doctor and occasionally they may take additional swabs.
Finally, your doctor will discuss options of following up results and timing of repeat testing.
Prior to completion of the consult, your doctor will discuss different options of following up for your results. These will be back within 3 to 5 days. It is often recommended for patients to return for a follow up consultation in order to ensure that all results are followed up and ensure treatment has been successful. HIV, syphilis and hepatitis serology blood tests can take up to 12 weeks to turn positive. Your doctor may discuss with you about any requirements for repeat testing.
Treatment for an STI is usually simple with a course of antibiotic tablets. Occasionally, there may be a requirement for antibiotic injections. Genital warts can be treated with liquid nitrogen (freezing) or with cream.
[H2] Specialised Sexual Health Services at our Perth Clinic
At Northbridge Medical Centre right in the heart of the Perth CBD, we offer much more than testing and treatments for STDs and STIs. Our other specialised services include:
We have in house HIV s100 medications prescriber and Chronic Hepatitis B s100 prescriber. Our clinic and highly experienced and qualified team can offer advice and provide appropriate investigations and treatment plans.
PrEP is the use of anti-HIV medications to reduce the risk of HIV negative people from becoming infected. Taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective at stopping the transmission of HIV. PrEP has been approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use and is subsidised by the Australian Government through the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) since 1 April 2018.