- HIV TEST
- STIs TEST
- STIs Treatment
Fountain Street General Practice
The incidence of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis has been increasing over the past 5 years in New South Wales, and it is possible to have one of these infections and have no symptoms. Therefore it is important for sexually active people to be screened regularly for these infections. This usually involves just blood and urine tests.
An HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence but it still has lifelong consequences that vary from person to person. You may not know you have HIV. Your partner may not know they have HIV either. Transmission often occurs when people are not aware they have HIV. You are most infectious soon after getting HIV, even though you may not show any signs. The only way to know is to have a HIV test.
Early diagnosis and treatment can improve your health outcomes and can dramatically reduce the risk of passing on HIV. Treatment today is now simpler with fewer side effects. Treatment is not a cure. While treatment reduces the risk of passing HIV on to someone else, you still need to use condoms, use sterile injecting equipment, and be safe.
At Fountain Street General Practice, we have doctors who participate in shared care of people with HIV with HIV specialists, and we also have one doctor (Dr Brad) who is a community S100 prescriber and looks after a number of patients living with HIV.