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Introduction to Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)

Sexual Health

A sexually transmissible infection (STI) is an infection passed from one person to another through sexual contact.

Most STIs, including HIV, are passed on by exchanging infected bodily fluids like semen, precum, vaginal fluids, menstrual or other blood—through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex. HIV and other STIs can enter the bloodstream through mucous membranes or tiny cuts, sores or abrasions on the mouth, penis, vagina, anus or hands.

Some STIs are passed on during skin-to-skin genital contact.

Common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, crabs, HIV, hepatitis B, genital warts, herpes, molluscum lesions, syphilis and trichomoniasis.

STIs vary greatly in their severity, symptoms, treatments and potential for complications. They can range from having no symptoms or mild irritations in the genital area through to severe pain, fever or flu-like symptoms.  Complications from some STIs include infertility, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pain, or liver damage.

Common sexually transmitted infections and other genital infections are: (click on each name for more information)

• Genital warts

Hepatitis

Genital Herpes

HIV & AIDS

Molluscum

BV or Gardnerella

Candida (Thrush)

Balanitis / Fungal Infection

Crabs or Pubic Lice

Trich (Trichomoniasis)

Chlamydia

Gonorrhoea

Syphilis

Urethritis

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Normal Lumps & Bumps

Follow this link for more info about STIs.

The information on this website is a guide only.

You can also:

  • phone the Sexual Health Infoline 1800 451 624 (free call)
  • go to any of the free Sexual Health Services (see list below). The service is confidential,you can use any name, don’t generally need a Medicare card and don’t have to be a resident of Australia
  • see a GP (doctor).

Free Sexual Health Testing Sites

SYDNEY/Metropolitan Area
SYDNEY Outer Metropolitan Area
Regional and Rural NSW
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SYDNEY/Metropolitan Area

​Suburb ​Address ​Note
​Sydney ​Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Sydney Hospital, Nightingale Wing 
Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
Phone: (02) 9382 7440 | www.sshc.org.au
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Surry Hills ​a[TEST]
Rapid HIV & STI Testing For Gay Men and 
Provided By Those Who Know Them Best.
414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

​Rapid HIV Testing Available

Results in 30 minutes. 
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 – 7:30pm

​Surry Hills The Albion Centre
150-154 Albion Street, Surry Hills 2010
Phone: (02) 9332 9600 | www.thealbioncentre.org.au
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Darlinghurst ​St Vincent's Hospital 
Level 4, Xavier Building
390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst   NSW   2010
Phone: (02) 8382 3707
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Potts Point ​a[TEST]  Clinic 180
180 Victoria Street, Potts Point, Potts Point NSW
Phone: (02) 9357 1299, (02) 9360 2766
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Kings Cross ​Kirketon Road Centre 
Above the Darlinghurst Fire Station 
Victoria Street (entrance), Kings Cross 2010 
(02) 9360 2766
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Camperdown ​RPA Sexual Health Clinic
16 Marsden Street, Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9515 1200
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Camperdown ​a[TEST]  Newtown
Rapid HIV & STI Testing For Gay Men and Provided By Those Who Know Them Best.
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) 
Level 1, 222 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
​Monday 4:20 - 7:20pm
Tuesday 4:20 – 7:20pm
​St Leonards ​Clinic 16 
Royal North Shore Community Health Centre
Level 5, 2C Herbert Street, St Leonards NSW 2065
Phone: (02) 9462 9500 | Web: www.clinic16.com.au
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Kogarah ​Short Street Centre 
Sexual Health Clinic, St George Hospital 
Ground Floor - Prichard Wing 
Short Street, Kogarah 2217 
Phone: (02) 9113 2742
​Rapid HIV Testing Available
​Parramatta ​Western Sydney Sexual Health Service, Parramatta
Parramatta Health Service 
162 Marsden Street, Parramatta 2150 
Phone: (02) 9843 3124
​Rapid HIV Testing Available

 

SYDNEY Outer Metropolitan Area

 

​Suburb ​Address ​Note
​Wollongong​ ​ Illawarra Sexual Health Service
Port Kembla Hospital
Fairfax Road, Warrawong 2502 Phone: (02) 4276 2399 | Web: www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/freehivtest
Rapid HIV Testing Available​
Campbelltown Rosemeadow Community Health Centre
5 Thomas Rose Drive, Rosemeadow 2560
Phone: (02) 4633 4100
Rapid HIV Testing Available​
Liverpool Liverpool Sexual Health Clinic, Bigge Park Centre
Cnr Elizabeth & Bigge Streets, Liverpool 2170
Phone: (02) 9827 8022
Rapid HIV Testing Available​
Penrith/Nepean Nepean Sexual Health Clinic, Court Building
Nepean Hospital, Derby Street, Kingswood 2747
Phone: (02) 4734 2507 ​
Rapid HIV Testing Available​
Mount Druitt​ Western Sydney Sexual Health Service, Mt Druitt 
Mt Druitt Community Health Centre
Kelly Close, Mount Druitt 2770
Phone: (02) 9881 1206 ​
Katoomba​ Blue Mountains Sexual Health/HIV Clinic
Blue Mountains Hospital
Great Western Highway, Katoomba 2780
Phone: (02) 4784 6560 ​

Sutherland



SouthZone Sexual Health Centre
Community Health Caringbah

The Sutherland Hospital
430 The Kingsway, Caringbah 2229
Phone: (02) 9522 1000, (02) 9113 2742

 

 

 

Regional and Rural NSW (click link for list)