After Hours Sexual Health Clinic
Mondays and Thursdays 5pm - 8pm
Encompass Medical Centre Mount Waverley
533 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley
Phone: 8545 9955

What is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)?

STIs are infections spread during sexual contact, skin-to-skin contact and were previously called Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).

Who should have an STI test?

If you have any symptoms or are worried about your sexual health, then arrange a test straight away with your doctor. It's a good idea to have an STI test if:

you think you might have an STI
you have had unprotected vaginal or anal sex
you have had a condom break or it has fallen off during vaginal or anal sex
your current or previous partner has had unprotected sex with a person other than yourself
you have shared injecting equipment
you are starting a new sexual relationship

How often should I have an STI test?

Recommended frequency for STI check-ups vary depending on the amount of sexual activity, type of sexual activity, age and gender. Some good guidelines to follow even if you use condoms at all times are:

Once a year if you are under 30
Every 3 months if you are a male who has sex with other males
Getting STI tested is a responsible decision to ensure you and your partner are safe from the possibilities of contracting a disease.

What happens during an STI examination?

With some examinations you may only see the GP; however there may be some situations where a Nurse will also assist. If it's your first time visiting Encompass Medical Centre regarding your sexual health, the GP or Nurse will start with asking about your sexual history such as:

your sexual orientation (e.g. heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual)
number of sexual partners
sexual practices
whether you have any symptoms
whether you have injected drugs

This information is kept confidential and is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions about sexual health.

Once your sexual history has been discussed, the GP or nurse will perform an examination which may involve them looking at your external genital area, inside your mouth, vagina or anus.

What kinds of tests are involved?

The tests required to identify STI's vary, but the most common are:

urine sample
vaginal swabs
blood test
anal swab

How long do I wait for test results?

The time frames for receiving results vary depending on the type of test and the purpose of the test. Most results will usually be available after 3-5 days; however certain tests may take longer such as:

Cervical Screening Test - 14 days
HPV test - 14 days
Preliminary HIV test - 2 days
Comprehensive HIV test - 3 months
Anti-Mullerian Hormone test (AMH) - 7 days

Results are not given over the phone, so a follow up appointment will have to be made.

If you are experiencing any pains or unusual sensations after sexual intercourse, contact us as soon as possible. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Fees & Charges

Any fees and charges incurred are to be paid at the time of consultation.

Medicare Card Holders

Encompass Medical Centre is a bulk billing clinic, however there are some consultation types, procedures and tests that are not covered by Medicare and may require an out of pocket fee.

Standard 15 minute consultation - Bulk billed with no out of pocket
Extended standard 30 minute consultation - Bulk billed with no out of pocket
Tests and procedures - the following tests and procedures may incur an out of pocket fee.

Ask our friendly reception or nursing staff for more information:

Anti-Mullerian Hormone test (AMH)
Cervical Screening Test
HPV test
Wound management

Non Medicare Card Holders

If you are not covered by Medicare, you may have cover with a Private Health Insurance provider. In most cases, this will mean at the time of consultation, you will pay an out of pocket fee (as per below) and may be reimbursed either in whole or partially by your Private Health Insurance provider once you claim the fee (if applicable).

Standard 15 minute consultation - $65
Extended standard 30 minute consultation - $100
Tests and procedures - all tests and procedures will incur an out of pocket fee.

Please ask our friendly reception or nursing staff for more information.

Appointment Tips

A few things to remember to ensure your experience runs smoothly are:

don't forget your medicare card or private health insurance card (whichever applies)
maintain personal hygiene prior to arrival
If you are a new patient, arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out the new patient paperwork
If you are a new patient, bring any previous results you have received