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Cairns Sexual Health Service

Street address:
Cairns North Community Health Precinct
381 Sheridan St (across the road from Tobruk Pool)

# 1, 2 or 7 stop outside on Sheridan St
# 7 also stops at Cairns Base Hospital

Rear of the building via Sheridan or Arthur St

Postal address:
PO Box 902
Cairns Q 4870
Telephone: (07) 4226 4769
Appointments can be made from 8.30am to 4.00pm.
Facsimile:  (07) 4226 4771

Our clinic is open for phone calls, a small number of booked appointments and needle and syringe packs (no bulk supplies) during these hours:
Monday: 8.00am to 4.30pm
Tuesday: 8.00am to 4.30pm
Wednesday: 8.00am to 4.30pm
Thursday: 8.00am to 6.30pm
Friday: 1.00pm to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Walk in clinics (no appointment needed) are:
Monday - Wednesday 8:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 8.30am - 11:30am and 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Most results available in one week.

For after hours emergencies please attend the Cairns Base Hospital Emergency Department

You can talk to us…
Our service is free. You don’t have to have a Medicare card, but bring it if you have one. As a specialist sexual health clinic, we can provide you with a range of care:

We have friendly male and female staff and confidentiality is assured.

No charge, service free. Medicare card helpful but not essential (except for obtaining prescriptions from a hospital pharmacy)

Geographical coverage
Cairns city and surrounding region.

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HIV at home testing - The FORTH Study

The FORTH study is to investigate the Frequency of Oral Rapid Testing for HIV in both clinic and home settings. The mouth swab test for HIV can be done privately by you and provides a result in 20 minutes. A 24-hour help line is also available. If randomised to the home testing arm, you will get free home HIV kits for two years. Those in the clinic arm will get home kits for one year.

If you would like to express your interest in joining the HIV home testing study run by the University of New South Wales, you can visit Cairns Sexual Health Service at 381 Sheridan St Cairns North and speak with the study nurse Clare Roberts on 4226 4769.

Alternatively you can visit the FORTH website and click the "Register" button and a study coordinator will get in touch with you.

Please note: To be eligible to join the study, you need to be:

Other study eligibility criteria will be assessed by the recruitment staff at the study site.

The study is particularly looking for gay men who haven’t had a HIV test in the past 12 months or who have never tested.

For any further enquires email:

Last Updated: 04 June 2014
Last Reviewed: 28 February 2014