Information about being tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections at a Melbourne Pathology Collection Centre.

You have chosen to have your tests processed by Melbourne Pathology which is an external laboratory service and collection centre. Melbourne Pathology has agreed to send your results to Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC).

It is important that you ring to check your results 7 days after testing and we will let you know if you need treatment for a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). 

Melbourne Pathology will use your Medicare card to bulk bill your tests. 

See here for their privacy policy. and to find a Melbourne Pathology collection centre near you.

This service is for you if you have a Medicare card and:

  • You are a person who has had a risk for a sexually transmitted infection (STI). This means you have had sex with someone within the last 12 months
  • You would like tests for Gonorrhea Chlamydia HIV and Syphilis.
  • You have no symptoms or concerns about your sexual health
  • You are comfortable taking your own tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea at home and taking them to a Melbourne Pathology Collection Centre to be tested. While there, Melbourne Pathology staff member will also take your blood tests for HIV and Syphilis.

This service is not for you if:

  • You have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Symptoms include lumps, ulcers, rashes, pain or discharge from your penis, vagina or anus.
  • You have had sex with someone who has an STI and you need treatment.
  • You require referral to a counselling service.
  • You require tests or vaccines other than those listed above.
  • You don’t have a valid Medicare card.

You are welcome to return another time to see a doctor or nurse at MSHC for help with these issues. Alternatively you could consult a GP. 

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What happens next?

If this service is for you we will send you an SMS link to our website with video instructions on how to take your specimens for gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
Instructions can also be found on our website.
You will collect the tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia at home and take them with you to a Melbourne Pathology Collection Centre, along with your Medicare card. Here they will process these tests for and take your blood test for HIV and syphilis.
If you lose the specimen containers or request form, you can return to MSHC and the nurse will give you a replacement.

We would like your help in evaluating this service and will send you an SMS with a link to a short survey.

What about your results?

It is important that you ring to check your results 7 days after testing and we will let you know if you need treatment for a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). 

If your HIV test is negative, MSHC will send you an SMS telling you the HIV test is negative. If it is not negative then we will contact you and ask you to return.
If you had your HIV test taken at Melbourne Pathology and have not had an SMS from MSHC within 7 days please call us on 9341 6200 to check your results.
If you choose not to attend Melbourne Pathology we respect your decision and we will not contact you.

Information about tests and infections

HIV can be transmitted in a number of ways. For men who have sex with men anal sex without condoms is the most common way. Other forms of transmission include vaginal sex without condoms and sharing of drug injecting equipment.
Your HIV test today tells us about your exposure to HIV up and until 6 weeks ago. It does NOT tell us about any possible HIV exposures in the last 6 weeks. This 6 week period is called the window period.
If you have been at risk of HIV in the last 6 weeks, you will need a repeat test at a later date.
A risk or exposure is a time that you have had sex without a condom or had blood-to-blood contact with someone else.

Type of HIV testing
Melbourne Pathology will perform a HIV antibody test. These antibodies take up to 6 weeks to develop. 

HIV Results and what they mean
  • HIV negative: there was no HIV antibody detected 
  • HIV positive: the HIV antibody was detected. We will not give this result by phone, but will call you and ask you to make an appointment for results. 
  • HIV inconclusive: the HIV test result was neither negative nor positive. Most inconclusive HIV results are negative. The test will need to be repeated. We will contact you by phone to discuss an inconclusive result and may ask you to attend the clinic to discuss this result further.
Testing for HIV regularly
It is important to have a regular HIV test. In Victoria 1 in 10 men who have sex with men is HIV positive. Many new HIV transmissions occur because men think that they are negative, when they are actually positive. Regular HIV testing allows you to know your HIV status. Condoms prevent or reduce the exchange of semen, vaginal fluid or blood between partners during sex. When used with lube, condoms are a highly effective in preventing HIV transmission.

Condoms also offer protection against other sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information on the MPath option for testing.  It is not intended to replace the need for a consultation with your doctor. All clients are strongly advised to check with their doctor about any specific questions or concerns they may have. Reasonable efforts have been taken to ensure that the information in this pamphlet is accurate

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