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. Sometimes, additional swabs will be needed to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea infections of the anus, cervix, throat, and/or urethra, depending on risk factors and symptoms.

Herpes is tested for by swabbing an active sore. Some doctors can also do blood tests for herpes (antibody testing) in certain situations.

A Pap test looks for changes on the cervix which may be due to HPV. A vaginal swab can test for bacterial vaginosis, yeast, and trichimoniasis.

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 clinics on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. We also do STI testing during the day at clinic times, which are by appointment and on some days by drop-in. 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.

STI testing can be done at any drop-in clinic/ Medi-Clinic, or when you visit your doctor. Make sure you tell them specifically what you would like to be tested for.

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.

The Avenue Community Centre (#201320 21st Street West) also does STI testing on Thursday nights from 6-9 pm, including a rapid HIV test. The rapid HIV test provides HIV results within five minutes; however, you still must consider the three-month window period of HIV.

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, feel free to bring them with you for treatment, too.

Some STIs will require you to complete a form, verifying treatment was given as well as listing recent partner names. These STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, syphilis, and HIV.