About Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)
Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are infections that can be passed on from one person to another during sex.
NSW Health provides up to date fact sheets on the most common STIs in Australia. These include: genital herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea, hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV.
You can call the NSW Sexual Health Infoline on 1800 451 624 for assistance.
Sexual Health Info Link - This is a confidential and anonymous state-wide service where experienced sexual health nurses will answer your questions on sexual health and sexually transmissible infections.
They can also provide referrals to services close to you. The service is available to the general public and also to health professionals.
Play Safe - Young people aged 15-29 can access sexual health information and ask questions on the NSW Health Playsafe website
The best way to protect yourself from STIs is to practice safe sex. Always use a condom when you have sex.
Testing for STIs involves taking swabs, providing a urine sample and blood test. Many STIs do not have any symptoms so regular STI check-ups are important. Discuss with your GP or local sexual health service.
If you are diagnosed with an STI your GP or sexual health service will prescribe treatment.
Telling your partners – If you test positive for an STI it is important to tell your partner/s so they can be checked and treated. This is called contact tracing or partner notification. Your doctor or nurse can help you with this or you can use the websites listed below.
Let Them Know - This website will help people who have been diagnosed with Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, Syphilis and Trichomonas to tell their sexual partners that they might also be at risk.
Better to Know - A resource designed especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help inform partners who may be at risk of an STI.
How will our Sexual Health Service help you?
Our clinic staff provide free testing, management, support and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) in a safe and private space.
We run programs to increase awareness of Sexual Health and supply information resources, free condoms and lubricant.
We provide Sexual Health Clinic Services that include:
- Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- Testing for HIV, HIV monitoring, management and treatment
- Hepatitis A and B testing, diagnosis, and immunisation
- Hepatitis C testing, diagnosis and treatment
- PEP - Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV and Hepatitis B
- PrEP- Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV
We work with specific groups in our community:
- Men who have sex with men
- People with HIV
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds
- People who inject drugs
- People recently released from prison
- Sex Industry Workers
- Young people at risk