How does it work?
If you need an online STI test, the best thing you can do is get in contact with Instant Consult as soon as possible. Basically, our platform connects you with a qualified doctor with extensive experience in sexual health. All you need to do is log onto the platform and request a video consultation. You won’t have to leave your home or waste time travelling to your local sexual health clinic.
During the video consultation, talk to the doctor about your symptoms or personal situation, and they can send you an STD test, which you can email or print and present at any pathology collection centre across Australia. The results should be received within 2-3 business days where a member of our support team will call you to schedule a follow up consult with the requesting doctor, where you can discuss the results and any other concerns you may have. If you have not heard from a member of our support team within 3 business days of your test, please call Instant Consult Support on 1300 003 310.
Do I need STI testing?
You might be a little unsure about whether you have contracted an infection, which is perfectly understandable. Some cases don’t manifest into physical symptoms, so it’s important to be careful if you’re engaging in sexual activity, particularly if it is unprotected.
What symptoms should I be looking for?
As outlined before, you may need to consider STD testing even if you don’t have any noticeable symptoms. If you do have symptoms, be on the lookout for the following:
- A skin rash
- Redness or some degree of swelling in the genital region
- Painful urination or sex
- Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
- Genital itchiness
- Red bumps, warts or sores (genital region, mouth, anus)
If you have any or many of these symptoms, it might be worth checking out online STD testing through Instant Consult. Having these symptoms doesn’t mean you automatically have a sexually-transmitted infection; however, it is certainly worth getting yourself checked out at the very least.
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What medications are used for STD testing?
Most infections are treated with a course of antibiotics. If you are prescribed antibiotics, you must remember to continue taking the drug for the entirety of the course, even if the symptoms do subside quite quickly.
To treat gonorrhoea, your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics like cefixime or ofloxacin, whereas a bout of syphilis will likely warrant a strong dose of penicillin. If you have contracted an infection but
your partner hasn’t, your GP may still recommend that your partner take the drug as well as a preventative measure.
However, not all infections will require antibiotics. Human papillomavirus (also known as HPV) is generally treated using topical preparations. Basically, this means that the patient will be applying a cream or solution to the affected area, as opposed to taking an oral tablet. While HPV has no cure, the infection will generally clear your immune system within two years. However, genital warts can be handled using a cream like podofilox or imiquimod.
How can I prevent needing STD testing?
There are many ways you can minimise your chances of contracting an infection. Using protection during intercourse is one way of greatly reducing the odds, however, it’s important to recognise that condoms are never 100% effective and spreading an infection or bacteria is still possible.
Another preventative measure is to reduce your sexual partners, as this will reduce the chances of you contracting an infection. Education is also a great tool – knowing when you may have an infection is a good way of being proactive and heading to your local sexual health clinic as soon as possible. Try and steer clear of alcohol and drugs before intercourse, as this can inhibit your judgment and you may forget to use protection before proceeding.
Moreover, there is nothing wrong with getting checked often by a professional. Not only does this help you prevent contraction and ensure early diagnosis, it can help limit the spread of the disease to other people.
Why choose Instant Consult?
Instant Consult is a great option if you don’t have much time during the day, but you desperately need a diagnosis. Likewise, it’s also a very reliable platform if you live in an isolated location and your local sexual health clinic isn’t particularly close. All video consultations are also encrypted and secure, meaning you can rest assured that any private information you disclose with the doctor will remain private and secure. These types of consultations can be somewhat uncomfortable and personal, but you don’t have to worry when using Instant Consult.
In need of further information about an online STI test? Download our FREE app and speak to a fully-qualified doctor via video call today!