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Sexual Health Screening

Albion is primarily an HIV service, but provides a limited screening service for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in people with HIV, men who have sex with men and others who are at high risk for HIV infection. If you are not at high risk of HIV infection, we suggest you see your GP for testing.

  • A sexual health screen involves confidential testing for STIs including HIV and viral hepatitis .
  • STI treatments and hepatitis A and B vaccinations are available to clients who need them.
  • We also offer support and treatment for sexual partners of people who may have been diagnosed with an STI.
  • HIV rapid testing for men who have sex with men.

 

Fast Track Clinic

The introduction of Fast Track Sexual Health Screening Clinics at Albion has meant that we can see more people in less time. Initally you will be seen by the triage nurse to assess your needs. You will be asked to complete a sexual history form and collect your own swab and urine sample. You will still have the opportunity to see an experienced sexual health nurse to have any other tests taken and answer other concerns you have.

 

For people with symptoms

Albion also sees people with STI symptoms like rash, lumps, discharge, bleeding and painful urination. If you have symptoms, you can usually be seen on the same day. While you can just present at the Centre for triage assessment, calling before you come can help reduce the amount of time spent waiting to see a clinician.

The services offered by the triage nurse

  • Initial assessment, prioritisation and referrals of people with concerns related to HIV, sexual health or viral hepatitis
  • Assessment and coordination of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for people who are worried they have been exposed to HIV or other infections.

 

How to prepare for testing

  • Please don't urinate for at least 1 hour prior to attending.
  • If you have seen another doctor prior to visiting the Centre, please bring any paperwork with you.

 

Accessing our Sexual Health Services

  • Please phone reception on (02) 9332 9600 to make an appointment. Be prepared to answer some questions about the nature of your problem as this will help us direct you to the most appropriate health care professional for you to see.
  • You can also visit us in person. If you do this you will normally be assessed by the triage nurse who will work out what the best service is for you. Depending on the nature and urgency of your problem you will either be seen the same day or, more commonly, have an appointment made for another time. Because Albion can only see people for certain health issues we sometimes need to direct people elsewhere.
  • Please note that Albion is a specialist facility, not a General Practice or Emergency Department. In an emergency you should call 000.