If you're unsure about which service is best for you, call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.
A doctor, also called a general practitioner (GP), is the first person to see if you have illness or health problem. In most cases, doctors prefer you to make an appointment in advance.
You might choose to see your current family doctor or you might look for a different doctor. The choice is yours. Everybody looks for different things in their doctor. You might choose a doctor based on convenience, their gender or because they specialise in a particular area.
Most doctors require a Medicare card. Medicare is Australia's universal health care system, providing access to health care for all Australians. Without a Medicare card, you may be asked to pay the full cost of your visit to the doctor. More information regarding Medicare services can be found at the Department of Human Services.
Publicly funded sexual health services are available across NSW and provide a range of medical, counselling and health promotion services to those most at risk of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmissible infections
Visit the Community Links section of this website to find the nearest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service or Aboriginal Sexual Health STI, HIV Hepatitis Worker.
Family Planning NSW is an independent, non-profit organisation. Family Planning NSW centres are confidential and open to everyone. It is advisable to make an appointment. Most consultations are provided at no cost or low cost. Family Planning NSW services include advice and supply of contraception's, pregnancy tests and counselling, pap tests, breast checks and tests and treatment for sexually transmissible infections.
Women's Health NSW is an association of state wide women's health centres and specialist women's centre.
If you find a discarded needle, syringe or for more information about needle and syringe management call the 24 hour clean-up hotline 1800 633 353
For more information about drugs and alcohol, call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on (02) 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599 (from outside Sydney).
Other useful sources of information include:
Reachout Website includes information on depression, drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, safe sex and pregnancy, and many other topics.
When you call, a nurse who specialises in sexual health will answer your questions using up-to-date information. The service is anonymous and confidential. It is open from 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday.
1800 451 624
24 hour service(02) 9361 80001800 422 599 (outside Sydney)
Department of Community Services1800 656 463 (24 hours)
This is a telephone and email information and referral service staffed by experts in reproductive and sexual health. It is open 8.30am to 5pm weekdays. Further information is available at Family Planning NSW Talkline
1300 658 886
Operates 5.30pm to 10.30pm, 7 days a week.(02) 8594 9596 or 1800 - 18 - 4527 (outside Sydney)
Twenty 10, and Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW
(02) 9332 15991800 803 990 (outside Sydney)
A state-wide program supporting men and women living heterosexually with HIV/AIDS, their partners and family members.
1800 812 404
9am - 8pm (Mon-Fri), 10am - 6pm (Sat)(02) 9332 40001800 451 600 (NSW callers)TTY for the deaf (02) 9332 4268
24 hour service. Anonymous and confidential counselling for 5 to 18 year olds.
1800 551 800
24 hour counselling service
13 11 14
Free-call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1800 804 823
24-hour crisis line
(02) 9819 65651800 424 017 (outside Sydney)TTY for deaf (02) 9181 4349 (for deaf and speech impaired)
24 hour service
1800 PEP NOW (1800 737 669)
A community organisation representing the interests of people living with HIV in New South Wales.
(02) 9361 60111800 245 677