What to expect at Clinic 34
In the Northern Territory if you want to go to the clinic it is a good idea to make an appointment.
However walk-in services are often available for those who are unable to make an appointment or require urgent attention.
Questions you'll be asked
When you first attend a clinic you will be asked some questions about your general health and sexual health.
You can skip any questions you prefer not to answer.
The standard questions that a doctor or nurse will ask every patient include:
- whether you have any obvious physical symptoms
- any previous STIs you may have had
- sexual behaviour (eg what kind of sex you have had)
- relationship history (eg how may partners you've had)
- menstrual cycle and contraception (eg how regular your periods are)
- drug and alcohol use
- general questions, if not already known, about your health and medication history.
If you answer these questions honestly, staff will be better able to meet your needs. Your answers are confidential.
When answering questions, it is important to also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Depending on how many staff work at the clinic you may be able to choose whether you would prefer to see a male or female doctor/nurse.
What the test involves
Testing is very simple.
Men go to the clinic toilet and collect a urine sample.
Women go to the clinic toilet and take a swab internally, then put the swab back in the plastic tube.
Both samples are sent for testing.
Sometimes an examination will be recommended. This will be discussed with you at the time of consultation.
Most results are available within one to two weeks.
If the examination and tests show you need treatment you may be given some tablets or an injection at the time of consultation or you may need to come back for treatment later.
It is very important to complete your treatment even if you feel better.
You may be asked to come back to the clinic for more tests or treatment. You may be asked to come back or contact Clinic 34 for results.
Your doctor must respect your confidentiality and privacy.
There are a limited number of situations where they can be required to report information, for example if they have serious concerns about you or someone else's safety.
You health records are kept so that each health professional involved in your care has all the facts needed to provide you with the most suitable and safest treatment.
If you want to access your records at any time talk to the staff at the clinic.
Last updated: 12 May 2016