Friday, April 20, 2018
No appointment, no waiting around and no talking to a nurse about your sex life: STI self-testing is quickly becoming a popular way to get checked.
Take a look at the self-test checklist we’ll give you at reception – these questions will help decide if you can do the self-test or if you need an appointment with a nurse instead.
If you are eligible for a STI self-test, the receptionist will give you the self-test kit to take to the clinic bathroom where you’ll either do a urine sample if you’re male or a vaginal swab if you’re female.
There are instructions on the bathroom walls, which explain everything, and if you have any questions, the receptionist can help answer them.
You’ll be told where to put your finished sample and you’re done! You’ll hear from a nurse within 5 days about your results and if you need treatment, they’ll book you in for an appointment.
STI self-tests will check for two of the most common STIs in New Zealand; gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
Although the questions in the checklist may seem personal, please don’t worry, your answers are kept private and are only used to check that the self-test is right for you or if you need to see a nurse instead.
And don’t forget, even if you are eligible for self-testing but would prefer to see a nurse, that’s your choice! We’ll happily book an appointment for you.
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