Sexual Health Testing in Ballarat
Better2Know has private sexual health facilities across the city of Ballarat. Our conveniently located collection centres in Ballarat have same or next day availability five days a week. Using simple swab, blood and/or urine samples, Better2Know can test you confidentially for a wide variety of STIs, including HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. Each STI can be tested for individually, or as part of a combination of tests known as a screen. Our screens have been meticulously put together by a panel of sexual health specialists and are designed to meet your specific testing requirements.
What is the difference between an STI and an STD?
An STI is a Sexually Transmitted Infection, and STD is a Sexually Transmitted Disease. The two terms mean the same thing, STI is the newer acronym as people prefer to have an infection than a disease.
At your appointment in Ballarat, our phlebotomist will collect your samples and send them to our certified, Australian laboratory for fast, precise pathology. Results are accessible online via the secure patient area of our website. You can log in at any time to check the progress of your results, which typically take one to five working days from the sample’s arrival at our laboratory depending on the tests you are having. Once all your results are ready, a trained advisor will contact you personally to discuss your results, unless you specify otherwise. Please see the interactive map below to locate our private sample collection centres in Ballarat.
STI and HIV Testing in Ballarat
Positive STI diagnoses have been more prevalent in Victoria in recent years, with gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) among those most affected. Multiple factors have contributed to this increase, including a perceived lax attitude to condoms. Research performed by the University of Melbourne found that almost 40% of gay men in the state had reported having unprotected sex with a casual partner in the last 12 months. This is a worrying trend and if you have had sex without a condom and/or have any anxieties about your sexual health, you should consider an STI test with Better2Know. Our friendly, experienced Patient Services team can offer advice, answer your questions, and process your booking at a private collection centre in Ballarat.
Testing is the only way to be certain of your sexual health status, protecting both your own health as well as that of your current or future partners. So, if there is a particular incident that has concerned you, or you are simply unsure, stay safe and get yourself tested. When it comes to your sexual health, it is always Better2Know.
To book a test in Ballarat today, call our welcoming staff on the telephone number above. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. If you wish to arrange your appointment online, you can do so by selecting the Book Now button at the top of the page.