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Young People

We see young people aged 24 years and younger of all gender and sexualities. We are a free and confidential service that provides non-judgemental testing and treatment.

You can attend our main clinic without a Medicare card.

If you have a concern about your sexual health, or would just like to have a check up, we are the right service for you.

We also run a youth specific clinic at Headspace Bondi Junction. Details below:

Youth Clinic

Monday and Wednesday 2-6 pm (excluding public holidays).

You need to have a Medicare card to access this service.

We are located at: headspace Bondi Junction.

20 Bronte road, Bondi Junction (located next to 400 bus stop and the opening of Westfield shopping centre)

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(02) 9366 8800

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Time to Test

If you think you might have been at risk for an STI or HIV please complete our Time To Test? online risk assessment.

This will help us work out if we are the best place to meet your needs. we’ll ask you a few questions about your recent sexual activity and at the end we’ll tell you what to do next.

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General Clinic

We provide you with testing, treatment and management of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including HIV.

Opening hours:

  • Monday9.30 am – 5.45 pm
  • Tuesday9.30 am – 5.45 pm
  • Wednesday1.30 pm – 5.45 pm
  • Thursday9.30 am – 5.45 pm
  • Friday9.30 am – 5.45 pm

 

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MyCheck

We have a fast, easy and convenient new testing option available – MyCheck!
Test at a pathology service near you without needing to attend the clinic.

To use MyCheck you must:
• Be over 18 years of age
• Be an existing SSHC client (have a patient ID number)
• Have NO symptoms

SSHC will manage all your results and provide treatment if needed.

Call (02) 9382 7440 and ask for MyCheck.

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Xpress

In a hurry and want a quick STI test? Xpress clinic is quicker than the general clinic because you won’t get a physical examination – especially convenient for people who have to test frequently.

You can only use Xpress if you do not have symptoms. You must be able to read and understand English well to attend Xpress clinic.

Before you make an appointment, check if you are eligible using our Time To Test? online risk assessment tool. This will help us work out if we are the best place to meet your needs. We’ll ask you a few questions about your recent sexual activity and at the end, we’ll tell you what to do next.

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Counselling

Our Counselling Unit provides counselling services to individuals for sexual health related concerns such as:

  • Helping you change behaviours that can put you at risk of getting HIV or an STI
  • Coping with a diagnosis of HIV or an STI
  • Negotiating sexual relationships with partners
  • Helping you to contact sexual partners if you are diagnosed with HIV or an STI (contact tracing).
  • If your concerns do not fit with the services offered by us, we will be happy to help you find a more appropriate service.

Call us on 9382 7440 if you would like to make an appointment with a counsellor or call NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.

This is not a crisis service.

If you are in crisis please call Lifeline (11 13 14), Mental Health Line (1800 011 511) or 000

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General Practice (GP)

Most STI and HIV testing in NSW is conducted through GPs.It’s a good idea for everyone who is sexually active to get a regular check-up. We recommend you see a GP for this.

Click here for a referral letter you can take to your GP.

If you want help in finding a local doctor or you would like further information, talk to sexual health nurse at the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.

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FAQS

Have questions about seeing us as a young person? No worries, we’ve got answers!

What is considered ‘young people’?

For our service we see anybody who is 24 years old or under.  We also have a youth specific clinic at headspace in Bondi Junction.

Do I need my own Medicare card?

No you do not need a Medicare card to come and see us at our main clinic at Martin Place. You do need one to attend the clinic at headspace Bondi Junction.

If you would like your own Medicare card to access health services you can get your own when you turn 15 years of age.

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/medicare-card

Will my family or school see me access SSHC?

No. We will not let your family, school, university, or any other service know you visited us.

Even if your parent or caregiver phoned us and asked if you had booked an appointment with us, we wouldn’t give out that information.

What if I’m embarrassed to ask for a test?

It’s totally normal to feel embarrassed, but it’s quick, easy, and free to have a test at Sydney Sexual Health Centre. We see thousands of people every year, so you’re not the only one. Our staff are very experienced at dealing with all sorts of sexual health concerns.

Is my information going to be confidential?

Yes. We treat your personal information with strict privacy. However, our staff may discuss your treatment and care with each other to give you the best service. The only exception where we may inform others that you visited us is if we have concerns for your safety, or the safety of others. We may also share your health information with other healthcare providers if you give us permission to do so, or have signed up to the My Health record. Find out more:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/kidsfamilies/youth/Factsheets/youth-friendly-confidentiality.pdf

What is a HEADSS assessment and why do you need to ask these questions?

If you are under 20 years of age, we will ask a series of questions about your home life, alcohol or other drug use, mental health, as well as relationships and sexual health. This is so we can make sure we are getting the full picture of why you are coming to see us and make sure you are getting the best care and support.

What happens during a physical STI examination?

Most of the time we do not need to do a physical examination, you will be asked to go to the bathroom by yourself to pee in a cup and/or collect some swabs. You may also need a blood test. A physical examination of genitals is usually only needed if you present with genital symptoms. The nurse or doctor will explain the procedure and you can decide if you want to proceed with an examination.

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