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ITS TIME85X89Testing for the first time can be a scary and daunting thing. Many questions can pop into your mind. We asked a few guys about how they started to test and why they test now.

I had my first test 2 weeks ago. I went with two of my friends so that made it easier. They had already tested so I kind of knew what was going to happen. I’m supposed to go every 6 months.  I think any one that is having sex should test even if they are using condoms.
Tom , 18

 I had serious apprehensions about testing. Firstly, because I’d had unprotected sex and was scared of HIV, but also because I didn’t know what they’d do to me at a clinic. I realised that I needed to find out, so I booked my first test. The date came and I chickened out – but I did reschedule my appointment for two weeks later. In the end, testing was super easy and I learnt a lot about STIs, and I think knowing gives you power to keep yourself safe. I test because I want to protect my health and I don’t want to be responsible for infecting someone else. It’s scary the first time, but the value of knowing far outweighs the anxieties you have from uncertainty.
James, 24

I started testing about a year ago so I would know definitively whether I had any STIs. I was always careful but I figured if all the tests came back fine, I would know for sure and if they didn’t, at least I would know and I could do something about it. I had this very cliché perception of what the process would be like and I put it off for a while, but when I went for the test I did some of the tests (the ones I was most uncomfortable and apprehensive about) myself and a friendly nurse did the rest. Overall it was not at all what I expected in a good way, so weighed against the annoyance of being in the dark about my health, there’s really nothing stopping me from going back regularly.
Ethan, 22

Testing is available at most GP’s, however there are a number of other places that you can go. Some options include:


Fremantle Hospital, B2 Clinic Alma Street, Fremantle Telephone: (08) 9431 2149


Royal Perth Hospital, Ainslie House, Murray St, Perth Telephone: (08) 9224 2178


FPWA – Sexual Health Services 70 Roe Street, Northbridge Telephone: (08) 9227 6177


M Clinic (For men who have sex with men) 548 Newcastle St.  Telephone: 9227 0734

 

For more testing options, how to reduce your risk and safe sex products visit www.projectx.net.au

 

 


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    Wanting to find out where you can get an anonymous confidential sexual health check? The Sauna Sexual Health Service and the M Clinic provide sexual health information testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs).

     

     

  • Peer Support

    Want to find out what it is like for other guys? Want to get support and information from guys who understand where you are coming from? The Project X Team from the Gay/MSM Program at the WA AIDS Council adopts a peer education model in our health promotion, outreach and education. All our programs are run by Gay/MSM guys and one to one peer support is also available.