Sexual health checks
Conducting sexual health checks is an essential prerequisite to diagnosing and treating sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs). Clinicians are legally required to notify their local public health unit of STIs and BBVs of public health significance.
The Australian STI Management Guidelines provide information on conducting sexual health checks.
The NSW STI Programs Unit updated their step by step guide to STI/HIV testing in September 2017.
The Communicable Disease Control Guidance and Information: A-Z provides clinical guidelines, notification forms, data and easy to read fact sheets for all notifiable conditions in Queensland.
Testing people at risk
Groups most at risk of sexually transmissible infections, HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis are:
- men who have sex with men
- people who inject drugs
- young people
- sex industry workers
- people in custodial settings
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
13 HEALTH webtest online testing project
In 2017, a pilot project offering online urine test request options for chlamydia and gonorrhoea commenced through a collaboration between the Communicable Diseases Branch, Health Contact Centre (13 HEALTH or 13 43 25 84), Pathology Queensland, and some private pathology providers.
The 13 HEALTH webtest project aims to provide additional options for chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing to young people at risk of STIs when they are unlikely or unable to attend a health service. The project is not changing how pathology testing and medical treatment is carried out. It is offering a new process to request a urine test online and receive the results through 13 HEALTH.
Participants can order a free chlamydia and gonorrhoea test by downloading an online pathology request form and visiting a collection centre or by ordering a home mailing kit, collecting a urine sample and mailing it back for processing. Participants with positive results will be encouraged to attend a health service for treatment and a more comprehensive sexual health check.
If you are a health professional and want to know more about the test used or the 13 HEALTH webtest project, please read the FAQ for health professionals (PDF, 95KB).
If you are a Queensland resident aged 16 years or older and want to use the 13 HEALTH webtest online testing options or find out more about the project, please read About 13 HEALTH webtest.
The test offered by 13 HEALTH webtest is not the same as visiting a clinic and getting a comprehensive sexual health check. The online testing service only tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in urine.
- Consent to disclosure of sexual health information between private practitioners and facilities (PDF, 89KB)
- Privacy and confidentiality of health information in Queensland Health
- Respecting your privacy in sexual health clinics – includes opt on/off form for clients.
Sexual Health Certificate of Attendance template
- Sexual Health Certificate template (PDF, 19KB)