Recommended Timeframes

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The following table provides general information on how frequently to be tested for STIs. Please use the table as a guide, but note that testing frequency should be discussed individually with your doctor or nurse practitioner. Testing frequency should be determined by the type of sex work you do, the services you offer, sexual risks and symptoms. In some states and territories frequency is determined by legislation or regulation, mandated by workplace rules, or is self regulated.

Depending on sexual risks and symptoms, testing may simply involve one swab or urine test and one blood test, or in some cases, a self collected swab. The complete list of infections and tests are listed in the table below. The window period between exposure and a positive test varies depending on the type of test used.

Should a condom break or you experience symptoms, visit a sexual health centre.

Test SiteWhen to test**
Chlamydia3-monthly
Vagina (cervix)*
Urine
Rectum (if anal sex)*
Throat
Gonorrhoea3-monthly
Vagina (cervix)*
Urine
Rectum (if anal sex)*
Throat
Hepatitis AOnce, before immunisation
Blood
Hepatitis BOnce, before immunisation
Blood
Hepatitis COnly if blood exposure
Blood
HIVAt least twice a year
Blood
Syphilis3-6 monthly
Blood
HerpesIf symptoms appear
Lesion
Trichomoniasis3-monthly
Vagina
Thrush (Candidiasis)If symptoms appear
Vagina
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)If symptoms appear
Vagina

* May be a self-collected swab
** In the case of a high-risk event, test at 7 days after potential exposure