Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) for the school holidays. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Do-it-yourself STI tests now an option for some clients

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

National News

We are now offering clients the opportunity to do their own test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, to make STI tests as client-friendly and quick as possible.

The self-test is an option for clients who don’t have any symptoms.

Clients fill in a form and answer a few questions to check the STI self-test is right for them. If it is, clients do the self-test (either taking a swab and/or a urine sample) in the clinic bathroom and return the self-testing kit to the receptionist.

A nurse will contact the person within 5 days to let them know their results, just like they would for a regular STI test. If they need treatment, the nurse will help book them an appointment.

Following a six month trial, STI self-testing is currently being rolled out to all Family Planning clinics, and will allow clients to be tested without needing an appointment.

Our national medical advisor, Dr Christine Roke, says self-testing is a way to address wait times for appointments. 

“Sometimes a client comes in but they haven’t made an appointment, and we can’t fit them in right then. So it’s a good idea if they can do the self-test, because the tests are done faster,” says Dr Roke.

“If there is any problem with a client’s results, we prefer to see the client in the clinic and talk with them. The benefit is we’re a step ahead because we’ve already got the results,” Dr Roke says.

The do-it-yourself tests are already popular with young people, with 68% of the clients using the service being under 22. 

Clients who would prefer to see a nurse for an STI test are still able to make a regular appointment or come to one of our drop-in clinics.

So far, STI self-testing is available at the following clinics: Ashburton, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Henderson, Invercargill, Lower Hutt, Manukau, Newmarket, Panmure, Porirua, Takapuna, Timaru, Wellington. 

Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.

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