For Health Professionals

Testing and treatment

Healthy people should be offered a sexually transmissible infection (STI) test as many people with STIs may be asymptomatic. This is called opportunistic screening. You should offer a screening test:

  • during an adult health check

  • during antenatal visits

  • when there is a request for contraception

  • when doing a Pap smear

  • when people report returning from travel, especially overseas

  • when a client has recently been released from, or detained in, prison

  • when a client presents for some other condition that is non-acute. This is particularly needed for young men who rarely present to health services.

Information on how to offer and conduct testing can be found below, along with relevant clinical treatment guidelines. To report a broken link or to request a resource to be added to this page, please email shbbvp.gvh@health.wa.gov.au.

    
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Healthy Conversations is a video for health professionals working with Aboriginal clients. It provides advice on how to offer STI testing in culturally appropriate ways. (Produced by WA Health)

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A handy summary containing information to help you identify which STIs patients should be tested for, how to offer testing, which specimens to take and how to order the tests. (Produced by WA Health)

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A handy summary containing information on treatment regimens, incubation periods, testing methods, contact tracing and notification requirements for a range of STIs. (Produced by WA Health)

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These guidelines are designed for all WA clinicians and health care providers involved in the diagnosis and/or management of STIs. They contain the most up-to-date evidence-based practice recommendations. (Produced by WA Health)