Adelaide Sexual Health Centre provides free, confidential, specialist sexual health services. Find out more about what we offer, our walk in service and appointments.
Got A Sexually Transmitted Infection, Now What?
So you have been tested for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and the test result has come back positive. Not sure what you need to do?
STIs That Are Reported To SA Health
There are a number of infectious or communicable diseases that must be 'notified' by law to SA Health. These infectious or communicable diseases are commonly referred to as 'notifiable conditions'. Currently there are around 70 diseases or conditions that must be notified to SA Health by your doctor. Current reportable STIs and related conditions include:
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
For more information on notifiable conditions see the When you have a notifiable condition page.
Telling Your Partners
If you have an STI we recommend you contact all the people you’ve had sex with recently and suggest they get tested. Sometimes this isn’t easy but it is important to talk to them so they can get tested and treated too.
In some cases, Adelaide Sexual Health Centre staff can help you contact your past sexual partners in a highly confidential, anonymous way that does not include your name. If required, you will receive more information at your visit from a specialised nurse.
Ways you can tell the people you’ve had sex with include:
- text message, including an anonymous message (see websites below)
- talk to them by phone or face to face
- send an email
- write a letter
See the following websites for tips on how to talk to your partner, examples of what you can say/write and even ways you can send an SMS or email anonymously:
Treatment For STIs
Most STIs are easily treated by antibiotics, either in the form of tablets or an injection.
Depending on your diagnosis, you may be treated on the day of your visit at Adelaide Sexual Health Centre. The proposed treatment will be discussed with you. Vaccinations may also be offered if our doctor or nurse thinks that it is necessary for you.
All medications to treat STI’s that are prescribed and dispensed at Adelaide Sexual Health Centre are free.
PrEP scripts do attract a dispensing fee that will be discussed at the pharmacy.