A good doctor will:
You do not need a Medicare card to visit a sexual health clinic.
A sexual health check-up is an opportunity for you to discuss any sexual health concerns you may have, including concerns about STIs and HIV.
During a sexual health check-up you will be asked questions about your sexual history. These are standard questions that your doctor will ask every patient. While many questions are of a personal nature, you need to answer as honestly as you can as the information you provide will enable your doctor to better support your health needs. You can skip any questions you prefer not to answer.
Questions may focus on:
If you do have an STI, it is often important to work out who else you have recently had sex with. This is so that your sexual partner/s can go and visit their doctor to get tested. This helps in reducing the continual spread of STIs.
The decision to get tested for STIs is a personal decision. Your doctor can discuss with you what tests to have based on your sexual history and potential risk for STIs, but the decision of what tests to have remains yours to make.
If you have an STI, your doctor will talk to you about treatment options. Many STIs can be easily treated and cured. However, some do require ongoing monitoring and management.
If you have an STI, your doctor will discuss your options for protecting and maintaining your health and that of your sexual partners.