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Getting Tested for a Sexually Transmitted Infection

If you would like to get tested, visit one of our Sexual Health Centres.

All services are free and confidential.

Types of Tests

Most tests require a urine or blood sample. Urine samples take seven to ten days to analyze, blood tests can take one to two weeks.

The chart below provides information for the types of tests administered for infections.

InfectionTest AdministeredWaiting Period for Results
ChlamydiaUrine test, swabs are taken if you have symptoms1 - 2 weeks
Genital WartsChecked by doctor or nurse practitioner if bumps are showingImmediately

Urine test, swabs are taken if you have symptoms

1 - 2 weeks
Hepatitis BRegular blood test 2 weeks
Hepatitis CRegular blood test2 weeks
Herpes A doctor or nurse practitioner will look at the soresImmediately
A swab is taken from the sores and sent to the lab for testing1 - 2 weeks
HIV/AIDSRapid HIV test (finger prick test) 5 minutes
Regular blood test 1 - 2 weeks
SyphilisRegular blood test2 weeks

Notify Your Partner

Some sexually transmitted infections can cause long term damage if left untreated.

Tell your partner(s) if you have tested positive for an infection.

Encourage your partner(s) to get tested and treated. A Public Health Nurse can provide assistance.

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