TESTING OPTIONS

MyCheck

 

 

MyCheck is a new service where you can access free sexual health testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) in your area of choice!

You need to be an existing SSHC client to access this service and have NO SYMPTOMS.

We’ll do a quick assessment over the phone and then you can go straight to a pathology collection centre (no need to attend the clinic).  Find the nearest pathology centre near you by clicking on these links  SONIC/DHM or SydPath.

The collection centre will send you a barcode or you just show your ID when you get there.  They will provide you with the swab or sample pots and you take the sample yourself onsite.

You will then get a text message or phone call from a nurse with your results.

Easy!

Call SSHC on 9382 7440 or SHIL on 1800 451 624 and ask for MyCheck.

 

 

Dried Blood Spot Testing

The Dried Blood Spot (DBS) kit is available for you to test at home for free for HIV and Hepatitis C.

If you require a sexual health test, we encourage you to get a comprehensive screening here at SSHC, another sexual health clinic, or at your GP.

The DBS kit does not test for all STIs.

Dried Blood Spot Testing Kits Available Now

The Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Test is an innovative pilot program offered in partnership between the NSW Ministry of Health, St Vincent’s Hospital and Sexual Health InfoLink (SHIL) that offers an easy, self-sampling option for anyone wishing to have a HIV or Hep C test. It involves a simple finger-prick blood collection and is particularly useful if you do no test regularly or would rather not go to get a sexual health test at a clinic.

You can order DBS kits through the DBS website www.dbstest.health.nsw.gov.au/

This will be mailed directly to you, for you to return the completed test card using the supplied reply-paid envelope. Results are then sent to you via text, email or phone call.

DBS is suitable for you if you have a history of injecting drug use, have been in or are currently in prison, are Aboriginal, or from countries where hepatitis C is common. Men who have sex with men, transgender people, those coming from countries where HIV is high in prevalence (and their sexual partners) are eligible for the HIV test. It may also be beneficial if you live remotely and are unable to access standard testing.

If you have any questions about the DBS test you can ask the clinician next time you visit us, or call SHIL on 1800 451 624.

Paid testing options

There are also some testing options available for you to test at home which involve a payment. These are privately run services which cost money to purchase and are not affiliated with Sydney Sexual Health Centre.

For more information, visit their websites (cost depends on whether or not you have Medicare.)

Smart Health 

Stigma Health 

The Rapid HIV home testing kit  is also available across Australia and does not require a Medicare card. This device will soon be sold in pharmacies. It only tests for HIV, not other STIs. For a comprehensive sexual health test you can come see us, or a GP.

HIV acquired in the last 3 months may not be detected by these tests. Please consult with SSHC or a GP if you think exposure was possible during this time.

The above tests are screening tests only. A positive result requires confirmatory laboratory testing on the request of a medical practitioner.

Last updated 01/02/2022