Things to do once you’re sexually active:
Talk to your sexual partners about STIs before having sex
Use a condom or other protection methods
Find an STI testing location
Get tested regularly for STIs
Once you become sexually active, STI testing should become a regular part of your sexual health routine. STIs don’t always have symptoms and the only way to know if you have one is to be tested. Testing regularly is a great way to stay on top of your health and detect an infection early. STIs are treatable and early diagnosis can help you avoid some of the health problems that can result from having an untreated infection. Being diagnosed with an STI isn’t the end of the world. During the check-up, your doctor can give you advice on how to treat the infection and prevent infection for you and your partners in the future.
STI testing is easy, free or low cost. An STI test is confidential and all health professionals are required by law to keep what you discuss private, no matter how old you are. This confidentiality can only be broken under serious circumstances. More information on your healthcare rights is available at ReachOut.
For tips on talking about sexual health with your doctor, click here.
Finding a clinic
Finding a place to get an STI test is easy! Your local doctor, Family Planning or sexual health clinic can offer STI testing.
Additionally, some states—South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, and Victoria—have their own government supported, online testing services which provide chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing for free. There are also two national services which are private and provide a range of tests at a cost. Find more information about what online testing is and where it’s available here.
Below is a list of sexual health and Family Planning clinics throughout South Australia. Click on one of the links below to find clinics in your area of SA and check STI testing off your to do list.
|Adelaide||Adelaide Sexual Health Centre
137 East Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 7117 2800
57 Hyde Street
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 7099 5320
3 Riverview Drive
Berri SA 5343
(08) 8582 4422
|Davoren Park||SHINE SA
43 Peachey Road
Davoren Park SA 5113
1300 794 584
|Mount Gambier||headspace Mount Gambier
171 Commercial Street East
Mount Gambier SA 5290
(08) 8725 0443
|Murray Bridge||headspace Murray Bridge
3-5 Railway Terrace
Murray Bridge SA 5253
(08) 8531 2122
|Noarlunga Centre||SHINE SA
Noarlunga GP Plus Super Clinic
20 Alexander Kelly Drive
Noarlunga Centre SA 5168
1300 794 584
|headspace Port Augusta
16-20 Railway Parade
Port Augusta SA 5700
(08) 8641 4300
24-26 Ekblom Street
Whyalla Norrie SA 5608
(08) 8641 4330
Woodville GP Plus Health Care Centre
64 Woodville Road
Woodville SA 5011
1300 794 584
SHINE SA provides sexual health and relationship well–being services including clinics, counselling, education and information.
|Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet||www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet makes comprehensive, up–to–date information accessible to people interested in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
The all good website includes information, resources and service directories on STIs and BBVs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It includes a ‘find a service tab’ to find a local doctor, clinic or a testing centre that provides STI and BBV testing. The website also includes links to local support services.
|Better to Know||www.bettertoknow.org.au/
‘Better to Know’ is a website for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. It provides detailed information on STIs and BBVs, and on getting tested– in two sections, Men’s Business and Women’s Business. It can send SMS reminders to have a sexual health check and can also be used to notify recent sex partners anonymously that they need to have a sexual health check.
Info for young people about the body, puberty, relationships and sexual health including STIs and contraception.
|Family Planning NSW Talkline
Talkline provides free and confidential information, advice and options across a wide range of reproductive and sexual health issues.
1300 658 886
healthdirect provides easy access to trusted, quality health information and advice online and over the phone.
|Marie Stopes Australia||www.mariestopes.org.au/
Marie Stopes provides safe and supportive reproductive health services such as contraception, abortion, vasectomy, STI checks and more.
QLife national telephone and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends.
ReachOut helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times.
|Young Deadly Free||youngdeadlyfree.org.au/
Young Deadly Free is all about raising awareness of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) affecting young people in regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They provide information and resources for young people; elders, parents and other adults; and doctors, nurses and other health workers.