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Now, with InstantScripts®, you can simplify the entire process of getting an STI test by taking it online! Simply fill out a digital consultation and we’ll send you your pathology request form in just minutes. After your blood test, your results will be viewable via the InstantScripts app, and sent to your email in just a few days.

It doesn’t get much easier than that!

The importance of STI testing

Many people can suffer from a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) without even knowing it. An untreated STI not only poses a risk to your own health, but to the health of any sexual partners you may have. STIs can lead to more serious health problems, and can even leave you vulnerable to other conditions, such as HIV.

The CDC recommends that all sexually active people get a full sexual health screening at least once a year. But if you think you may have contracted an STI, you can’t afford to wait.

Online blood tests: It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

STEP 1

Complete a digital consultation to have your pathology request form sent to your email in minutes

STEP 2

Print out your request form and take it to your nearest pathology collection clinic

STEP 3

After your STI test, your results will be viewable via the app and sent to your email within just a few days

Get a pathology request form in just minutes

InstantScripts is making it as quick, easy and efficient as possible to get your pathology request form online. Simply fill out our digital consultation and select the blood tests you need:

Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

The CDC recommends an annual screening for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. These conditions often present no symptoms, but can cause serious health problems, including sterility.

Syphilis

Left untreated, Syphilis can cause damage to the heart, eyes, brain, nervous system, and just about any other part of the body. It’s important to get an annual screening for this condition.

Hepatitis B and C

Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are blood-borne viruses that attack the liver. Without a blood test, many people who have Hepatitis won’t become aware of it until the infection has advanced.

HIV

HIV can damage the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight off infections and some forms of cancer. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS.

Here’s how it works:

How to recognise the signs of an STI

Sometimes you can have an STI without even realising it, so it’s important to be able to recognise the signs. Remember, not everyone will exhibit symptoms after contracting an STI, so if you’re worried, it’s always best to consult a doctor.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STI. People who have contracted the infection often exhibit no early symptoms, or their symptoms are so mild that they go unnoticed. This is why Chlamydia is often referred to as a ‘silent’ infection, and why doctors recommend an annual screening. 

Symptoms of Chlamydia in women include:

  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal discharge
  • A burning sensation during urination
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Inflammation of the cervix
  • Spotting between periods

Symptoms of Chlamydia in men include:

  • A burning sensation during urination
  • Discharge from the penis (yellow or green)
  • Pain in the lower abdomen 
  • Pain in the testicles
Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and often targets warm, moist areas of the body, such as the urethra, eyes, throat, vagina, anus or the female reproductive tract.

Symptoms of Gonorrhea in women: 

  • Watery, creamy or slightly green discharge from the vagina
  • Pain or burning while urinating and the urge to urinate more frequently
  • Spotting or heavier than average periods
  • A sore throat
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • A sharp pain in the lower abdomen
  • Fever

Symptoms of Gonorrhea in men:

  • A more frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • A pus-like discharge from the penis. This can be white, yellow, beige or slightly green
  • Swelling or redness at the opening of the penis
  • Swelling or pain in the testicles
  • A persistently sore throat
Syphilis

The early symptoms of Syphilis can be easily missed and can even go years without being diagnosed. Syphilis is usually divided into four main stages:

Primary stage: Usually occurring about three to four weeks after contracting the bacteria, the first sign is usually a small, round sore known as a chancre. Highly contagious but usually painless, the sore may appear wherever the bacteria entered the body, including the mouth, genitals or rectum.

Secondary stage: During the second stage of Syphilis, you may develop skin rashes or a sore throat. While the rash usually appears on the palms or soles of the feet, it may be found anywhere on the body.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Aching joints
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss

Latent Stage: At this stage, the primary and secondary symptoms will vanish and there will be no other evident symptoms. Don’t be fooled by this stage, the bacteria will still be in your body.

Tertiary stage: This is the final stage of Syphilis, which can occur years or even decades after the initial infection. Tertiary Syphilis can be life-threatening, and may cause any of the following outcomes:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Mental illness
  • Memory loss
  • Soft tissue and bone damage
  • Neurological disorders, including stroke or meningitis
  • Heart disease
  • Neurosyphilis—an infection of the brain or spinal cord
Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is spread via the bodily fluids of infected people. The condition affects the liver. Impacting people of all ages, the symptoms of Hepatitis B include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Pain in the right side of the stomach
  • Fever
  • Sore joints
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation. It more commonly occurs through contact with infected blood, but can also be contracted through sexual intercourse. 

There are two types of Hepatitis C: acute Hepatitis C and Chronic Hepatitis C. Chronic Hepatitis C is often considered a ‘silent’ infection, and won’t cause symptoms until enough damage has been done to the liver. 

Acute Hepatitis C lasts six months or less. Symptoms include: 

  • Fever
  • Exhaustion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Abnormalities in urine or bowel movements
  • Yellowing of eyes or skin
HIV

Causing damage to the immune system, HIV reduces your body’s ability to fight off illness, and is transmitted through bodily fluid such as blood, semen, vaginal and rectal fluids and breast milk. Left untreated, HIV is likely to result in AIDS. 

Symptoms of HIV can vary from mild to severe, may come and go, and can often be mistaken for flu symptoms. Signs to look out for include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • General aches and pains
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach

Be proactive, get tested

STI symptoms can vary widely, often showing no signs at all, or being mistaken for less serious conditions such as a cold. That’s why it’s vital that you get tested annually to protect yourself and prevent the spread of these infections. 

If you suspect that you may have contracted an STI, it’s important that you act fast and book a blood test today.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do once I’ve received my request form?
Simply print out the form and take it to your local pathology collection clinic to organise your blood test.
Can my digital pathology request form be taken to any pathology collection clinic?

Yes. InstantScripts’ pathology request forms are written by real, RACGP-certified doctors and will be accepted at any clinic. 

How much does it cost?

There’s a $20 fee associated with obtaining a pathology request with InstantScripts.

How can I check my blood test results online?

Once we’ve received the results of your blood test, they’ll become viewable via the InstantScripts app. We’ll also send a copy of your results to your email. If you need to discuss your results, you can organise a Telehealth consultation to speak with one of our doctors. 

How long will it take to get my results?

You’ll typically be able to view your blood test results within 1-2 business days.

How is InstantScripts keeping my data safe?

All consultations and data are kept 100% confidential. 

Patient personal information is stored in secure cloud storage and encrypted in the database. All data is safely stored in Australian data centres.

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