STI Testing & Treatment
Sexually transmitted infections are common and either curable or manageable with medication. Talking to sexual partners about STIs, using barriers (like condoms or dental dams), and getting tested regularly are ways to practice safer sex and lower your risk of contracting one.
Regular STI testing is recommended at least once a year. It’s also a good idea to get tested when you have a new partner, or every 3-6 months if you have multiple partners.
Most people don’t notice symptoms, so it’s important to get tested even if you feel fine. Some symptoms that people may notice are: burning while peeing, pain during sexual activities, spotting after sex or between periods, itching, unusual smell or discharge from the genitals, and lumps, bumps, or sores.*
We can test for these common STIs:
- Hepatitis B & C
- HPV Genital Warts
Testing for these STIs may involve urine tests, blood draws, visual examinations, and/or vaginal, throat, or rectum swabs.
We screen for STIs through a scheduled phone appointment with our registered nurse and often send folks to Life Labs to give their samples.
Anyone can contract an STI, and it doesn’t mean that you are a bad person. There is still a lot of stigma around STIs that can prevent people from talking to partners, getting tested and treated. To help deal with the stress that may follow a positive diagnosis, our support worker and educator may be available for counselling.
*Some of these symptoms may be from other common vaginal infections, like Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), Yeast, or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Our nurse practitioner is able to test for and treat yeast and BV, but not a UTI. Sorry for the inconvenience but you will need to go to a walk-in clinic, or call your pharmacist or family doctor if you have a UTI.
***Unfortunately, we are unable to offer walk-in STI testing and require an appointment. You can request STI testing at any walk-in medical clinic. We recommend asking for blood work, urine tests, and vaginal/oral/anal swabs.
^Testing for genital herpes requires a visual inspection and swab test of an active sore by a doctor or NP. Because our appointments book up quickly, you may have to go to a walk-in clinic.
Some helpful links from our friends at Planned Parenthood Toronto:
Call us at 306-522-0902 to schedule an appointment.