Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are more common than most people think, so why are we so uncomfortable talking about them? At Fremantle Women’s Health Centre (FWHC), we are passionate about providing a secure and respectful environment to cater to all your sexual health and reproductive needs. Our friendly, female doctors and nurses understand there may be insecurities around safe sex, as well as potential embarrassment felt around the possibility of contracting/passing STIs. We are here to provide you with a safe space to discuss any concerns you may have.
What is an STI, why is it important to have a screening and who is at risk?
Anyone who has engaged in any form of protected or unprotected oral, vaginal or anal intercourse is at risk of contracting an STI. It is important to recognise that some STIs can be present with no signs or symptoms, which means that it’s possible for an infection to be passed between partners without even knowing one has it. But STIs can also be uncomfortable and painful and can cause further problems if left untreated. The only way to be certain you are free from an infection is to have an STI screening.
Our nurses at FWHC provide a walk-in STI screening program from Tuesday – Friday between 9 am and 3 pm for women of all ages who, do not have any signs or symptoms present, but are concerned about the possibility of having an STI. You are still eligible for screening if you are showing symptoms, however, we do recommend making an appointment with one of doctors instead for an appropriate examination and testing.