When you go for STI testing, your health care provider will ask about your sexual history to determine which tests you need. The STI exam may include a physical exam, swabs and urine collection.
In women, swabs are taken from the cervix or vagina for chlamydia, gonorrhea, yeast, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can also be tested using a urine sample. A pap smear may also be part of the exam.
In men, a urine sample is collected for chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. If there are STI symptoms or a partner is positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea, your health care provider may take also a swab from the penis.
Blood tests are done for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis testing.
In BC, many clinics offer free HIV testing, STI testing and treatment, and hepatitis immunizations. Some clinics see people on a drop-in basis, although appointments are often recommended. Phone ahead to see what the policies are before going to a clinic.