What's an STI test like?

By  Play It Safe     |    Updated: 19th January, 2022    |    3 min read

There are a few different methods for testing for STIs. Sometimes its a quick pee in a cup, sometimes a swab or blood test. But they have one thing in common – they’re quick, easy, and nothing to be worried about.

  • STI testing is quick, easy, and free at bulk billing clinics
  • A urine sample is the most common test
  • DIY – you can even do some tests yourself
  • Get tested regularly to stay healthy. It’s recommended you get tested every 6-12 months, when you change partners, or if you show any symptoms

If you’re on this page, that’s great news as it means you’re probably planning to have an STI test. Making the decision is the hard part (though it shouldn’t be, as it’s a normal part of having sex). The actual test itself is a walk in the park.

There are quite a few different tests you can have, although peeing in a cup is the most common. Your doctor or STI clinic will explain which is the best for you. Find your nearest doctor or clinic.

Getting tested is quick, easy and often free at bulk billing clinics

Urine Sample

Otherwise known as peeing in a cup or jar, this test covers STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and is the most commonly offered test for guys. Girls can opt to do a urine sample or a vaginal swab. The choice is yours.

Vaginal Swab

This is a test you can perform yourself or a doctor or nurse can take the swab for you. It tests for STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and is the most commonly offered test for girls.

Anal Swab

This is another test you can perform yourself or a doctor or nurse can take the swab for you. It tests for STIs like rectal Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.

Throat Swab

The doctor or nurse may take a swab from the back of your throat. It’s really quick but might make you cough. It tests for STIs passed on through oral sex like Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea.

Blood Test

Getting a blood test involves taking a small amount of blood from you (usually from a vein in your arm) using a sterile needle. The blood taken is then stored in a tube before it’s sent off to a laboratory to be tested. These tests can be used to identify Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis.

Also check the related topics:  

Types of STI’s Sexual health check up

Factsheet provided by Play It Safe


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