Getting Tested for STIs

Testing for Chlamydia and gonorrhea is done through a urine sample. Testing for Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV is done through a blood test.

The only time when you would need additional testing is if you have an unknown sore or unusual discharge. In this case, a healthcare professional will swab the sore or fluid for quick detection. Swabs are useful in testing for herpes and HPV.

How Often

If you are sexually active, it is important to schedule an STI test every six months or whenever beginning a relationship with a new partner (whichever is sooner).

Where?

Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon offers free STI testing at our walk-in clinic on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. We also do STI testing during the day at clinic times, which is by appointment. If you would like an appointment please call 306-244-7989.

Testing at Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon also occurs some Fridays and Saturdays when doctors are available. Please check our clinic schedule for those dates: link here.

STI testing can be done at any drop-in clinic/ Medi-Clinic, or when you visit your doctor.

The Sexual Health Clinic on Idylwyld Drive North (100-310 Idylwyld Drive North) also offers free, anonymous STI screening. Their hours are:

  • Mondays and Fridays: 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursdays: 3 - 6 p.m.

Avenue Community Centre (#201320 21st Street West) does STI testing on Thursday nights from 6-9 pm.

Positive Test Results?

If you have received positive results from your STI test, you should return to the same doctor/clinic you where you were tested, to receive treatment.

If you currently have a sexual partner, bring them with you for treatment, too.

Some STIs will require you to complete a form, verifying treatment was given. These include chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, syphilis, and HIV.