Our women's sexual health clinic in Chatswood, Sydney, can help if you believe you have STI or STD symptoms. We check for STIs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis and genital warts...
Both men and women are exposed to sexually transmitted infection, though the risk of different infections varies according to the type of sex you have. If you are a woman in a monogamous relationship with a monogamous man or woman, you are at low risk of getting an STI. If you have multiple sexual partners or have a partner who engages in risky behaviour, your risk profile will be different.
The commonest infections in women are chlamydia, HPV (human papilloma virus) and Herpes. However, women can get gonorrhoea, syphilis, hepatitis and HIV too. If you are worried about any kind of STI, are concerned you may have been exposed or have some symptoms which worry you, please come and see us to undertake a risk assessment. Unlike the public sexual health clinics, we are delighted to see all patients, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
Women have their sex organs on the inside and therefore, an infection can sometimes present as PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), which is characterised by lower abdominal pain, high temperature and sometimes a vaginal discharge. Frequently there is no specific bacteria found to be responsible for PID and so the treatment aims to cure the symptoms and make the individual well. Investigations are useful up to a point, but treating the patient is more important! Only certain tests are useful e.g. PCR for herpes and chlamydia. Some are not helpful at all, such as a blood test for herpes serology. We will explain all the necessary investigations to you.
Usually the doctor will want to examine you and take some basic tests. If you have Medicare cover, these are free of charge when taken at our clinic. If you don't have Medicare cover, we can still do the tests, and you will be invoiced by the pathology company. Most health insurance policies will cover you for pathology tests and treatment.
If you are found to be positive for any STI/STD, we will treat you and help with contact tracing. Contact tracing is important, as it helps contain the spread of infection in communities. Sometimes people don't know they have an infection and can be spreading it around without realising.
Condom use is always recommended when with a new male sexual partner. We would also recommend that additional contraception is used to help prevent unplanned pregnancy. Condoms are good contraceptives and provide some protection against infection, but only if used perfectly. They can break and come off, in which case you might to take emergency contraception and get screened for STIs. If you don't know how to put on a condom, we will show you. It's a must have skill, ladies!