You can purchase a test kit from a Fresh Therapeutics Compounding Pharmacy for $25. Take the kit home and collect the sample in complete privacy. You nominate your preferred doctor to receive test results and then send it straight to the pathology laboratory for testing. The lab will charge you for the test or, if you have a GP referral, the test may be covered by a Medicare rebate.
Chlamydia is the most common and gonorrhoea the second most common among young people.
Alarmingly, chlamydia rates have quadrupled in the last decade, mainly among young people, with eight out of ten cases diagnosed in people aged between 15 and 29 years.
In Australia sexual health testing is usually only available from healthcare professionals. However STIs are often considered embarrassing; making a trip to the doctor for a simple test confronting.
If left untreated in women, chlamydia or gonorrhoea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease causing chronic pelvic pain – even infertility.
Your Testing Kit contains valuable information about chlamydia and gonorrhoea, instructions for use and everything required to take a sample.
Go to www.gettested.com.au for more information.