BULK BILLED STI SCREENING
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections or diseases that are passed on during unprotected sex with an infected partner. This includes vaginal, anal or oral sex. Some STIs can be passed on just by skin-to-skin contact. Common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and genital warts.
You are at risk of getting an STI if:
- You don’t use condoms during sex
- You have changed sex partners or had more than one sex partner in the last 12 months
- You or your partner share injecting equipment such as a syringes and needles
- You or your sex partner has another STI.
- Your partner has other sexual partners
- You share sex toys with your partner
Some symptoms of STIs include
- unusual discharge from your vagina or penis
- difficulty or pain when you urinate and have sex
- blisters, warts, lumps, bumps or sores on your genitals
- rash, cracked skin, itchy or irritated skin on or around your genital region.
However, quite often, STIs can be asymptomatic. For example, research suggests that 50% of men and 70-80% of women don't get symptoms at all with a chlamydia infection.
If you have symptoms, you will be given an appointment with a doctor. If you don’t have symptoms but would like a check-up, you will see either our male or female nurse who will take your sexual history and consult with a doctor about your tests. The nurse will then assist with specimen collection. You will usually be able to see our nurse immediately or if the nurse is not available, we can offer you an appointment.
If you would like an appointment, please ring our STI nurse on 0434 569 268 or the Hobart Place reception on 6247 4342.
The initial consultation and any subsequent consultation to do with the STI test will be bulk-billed.
You will see either our male or female nurse who will take your sexual history and consult with a doctor about your tests. The nurse will then assist with specimen collection. You will usually be able to see our nurse immediately or if he or she is not available, we can offer you an appointment.
Negative results will be notified to you by SMS (the notification will not disclose the purpose of the test). We will contact you if you need to come back to see a doctor.
SEXUALITY AND GENDER
At Hobart Place General Practice, we recognise that there is a wide spectrum of sexual expression and sexual preference. We bring a non-judgmental approach to issues of sexuality. We appreciate that patients are often worried or even ashamed about problems that arise from their sexuality and we try to be sensitive and understanding. Many of our doctors have participated in LGBTIQ+ cultural sensitivity training.
There is an increasing number of people exploring their gender identity and seeking medical help with the expression of that identity. At Hobart Place General Practice, we are happy to provide the medical assistance and support that gender diverse individuals need during their journey. We have established links with other medical and allied health professionals working in this area and can provide appropriate referrals. Dr Lindsay Rodgers has a special interest in this area and would be happy to assist people seeking medical support with their gender affirmation.
PrEP is a treatment used by HIV negative people, who are at high risk of HIV infection, to reduce their chance of getting HIV; it involves taking medication on a daily basis. Talk to one of our doctors or nurses to find out how the use of PrEP combined with other prevention methods can help decrease the likelihood of transmission of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections.