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How often should I be tested?

Anytime that you think you may have been exposed to an STI. This often means having unprotected sexual intercourse, or if a recent partner has told you they have been diagnosed with, or contact by someone diagnosed with an STI.

If you are sexually active, then chlamydia (and sometimes gonorrhoea) should be tested for annually or more frequently if the risk if higher.

The frequency of testing, and which conditions we test depend on your individualised risk. Below are the broad groups that people may fall under;

Young people aged 15-29;

  • Chlamydia testing should be performed annually
  • Hepatitis B immunity should be confirmed, and if not immune vaccinations given

Asymptomatic people requesting STI/HIV testing;

  • Chlamydia (at least annually)
  • Hepatitis B immunity should be confirmed, and if not immune vaccinations given
  • Syphilis
  • HIV for everyone who requests it

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People;

  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea at least annually or more often if at higher risk
  • Syphilis, Hepatitis C, HIV and Trichomoniasis at screening, especially in the presence of other STI’s
  • Hepatitis B immunity should be confirmed, and if not immune vaccinations given

Men who have sex with men;

  • Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV at least annually and up to 4 times a year for people who fall into one of the following categories
    • Have any unprotected anal sex
    • Have >/= 10 partners in the last 6 months
    • Participate in group sex
    • Use recreational drugs during sex
    • Are HIV positive
    • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B immunity should be confirmed, and if not immune vaccinations given
    • Hepatitis C testing if HIV positive, or any history of injecting drug use

Sex workers

  • Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV according to symptoms or suspected contact, with more frequent testing if condom use is <100% (ie slippage, breakage) or at request for testing
  • Hepatitis B immunity should be confirmed, and if not immune vaccinations given

People who inject drugs;

  • Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis at least annually
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B immunity should be confirmed, and if not immune vaccinations given
  • HIV and Hepatitis C annually or more frequent if higher risk or request for testing

Pregnant women;

  • Chlamydia for women 15-29 or those at higher risk
  • Hepatitis B in all pregnant women tested using HBsAg test
  • HIV and Syphilis testing in every pregnancy

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