The main points
- Family Planning Victoria (FPV) has been providing expert, confidential Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) & Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) check-ups to Victorians of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and backgrounds for over forty years.
- Consultations will be bulk billed if you are 18 years of age or under or if you have a concession card (such as a Health Care card or Pension card). All other individuals will be billed up front the cost of the consultation plus a gap fee ($10 for students or $25 everyone else). More information on cost
If you do not have an Australian Medicare card you will be charged the full fee for any services you receive, as well as the cost of any pathology tests ordered.
What does an STI/BBV check-up involve?
For an STI screen - unless a person has symptoms, most of the time people do not need to have a physical examination and they will just be asked to provide a urine sample for lab testing. If you have anal sex you may be asked to self-collect an anal swab for lab testing.
For a BBV screen – a blood sample is collected using a small needle.
Whichever samples are taken – they are sent to an external, accredited laboratory which uses state of the art technology to perform the testing. Depending upon the test requested it can take up to one week for the result report to be received at FPV.
What to expect when you attend our service:
FPV has a sex positive perspective. Please do not feel worried about sharing any experiences or concerns with our doctors or nurses. We are here to help everyone.
A doctor or nurse will see you in a private room and ask some detailed questions about your general health, sexual health and reproductive health (if appropriate).
Your doctor or nurse will discuss with you any risks you may have experienced or be concerned about or unaware of, what tests or treatment or advice is appropriate, and options for minimising any future risks and maximising your sexual and reproductive health going forward.
Examination and tests
All recommended examinations and tests will be fully discussed with you first. It may be very simple, such as just providing a urine sample or it may involve: having a genital examination; providing a urine sample; swabs from the vagina, anus and/or throat; and/or blood tests.
- The doctor or nurse may need you to undress from the waist down. We are discreet and respectful if we need to do this. Your privacy is assured.
- Genital examination and testing is mostly painless but some tests may cause minor, temporary discomfort.
- After tests are taken, specimens are sent to a laboratory. Some results are available within five days, whilst others may take one or two weeks.
- FPV has a no-news is good news policy; if you don't hear from us within 10 days following your tests, you can assume a clear result. We will contact you if there is a result that requires follow-up or treatment.
- Depending on the outcome of your consultation, you may be treated on the day of your visit or given a prescription to take to a local pharmacy. There may be a small cost involved with this.
- Vaccinations may be offered if appropriate.
How much does it cost?
STI & BBV screening is completed in a general consultation with either a doctor, nurse practitioner or nurse. Please refer to our full list of fee estimates for details of consultation fees.
If you have a Medicare card, pathology is bulk-billed. If you don't have a Medicare card, additional fees apply for pathology. We will discuss this with you on the day if needed.
We are a training clinic
Our clinics play an important role in training doctors, nurses and counsellors. This means that when you see our clinic staff, they may be accompanied by another registered health professional who is training with us. If this presents any particular concerns for you, please let our team know when you arrive.
Where to get more information, support or advice
- Contact your local doctor (GP)
- Contact Family Planning Victoria's clinics
- Visit Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
- Visit Pronto
- Visit EQUINOX Gender Diverse Health Service