Frequently Asked Questions
- I am trans, intersex or gender-diverse: can I come to M Clinic for my testing?
- Why does M Clinic only provide services to men that have sex with other men?
- I am leaving Perth/WA in the next week, should I still get a test here?
- How often should I test?
- What should I do if I have symptoms?
I am trans, intersex or gender-diverse: can I come to M Clinic for my testing?
M Clinic provides services for men who have sex with men. This includes people who identify as a man, masculine, and/or who were assigned male at birth, who have sex with other men. We therefore welcome all male and/or masculine-identifying people who have sex with other male and/or masculine-identifying people.
If you were assigned male at birth and have sex with male and/or masculine-identifying people, we can definitely see you.
Why does M Clinic only provide services to men that have sex with other men?
M Clinic is only funded to provide services to “gay men and men who have sex with men at risk of acquiring HIV, sexually transmitted infections and other blood borne viruses”. If you are unsure if you fit into this category or would like information about other sexual health services, please call us on 9227 0734.
I am leaving Perth/WA in the next week, should I still get a test here?
It takes approximately a week to get results back from the laboratory from any testing we do, and as such if you are not going to be in the Perth/WA region when these results come back, it may be difficult to provide treatment for any positive results. If you are going away interstate or overseas, or work FIFO (Fly in, Fly out), please call us on 9227 0734 to discuss testing options.
How often should I test?
The more sex you have the more you need to test.
A good rule of thumb is to test every 6-12 months but this can vary depending on your situation.
1) If you regularly have anal sex without condoms it is advised to test every 3 months.
2) If you always use condoms when you fuck (or get fucked) then frequency of testing depends on the number of sex partners you have. Here is a general guide:
a. Have a test after you have had sex with 10 different partners
b. Have a test if someone you have had sex with tests positive to an STI
c. Have a test if you notice the following symptoms:
i. Milky or clear discharge from your penis and/or
ii. Pain or discomfort when you urinate
What Should I Do If I Have Symptoms?
Most Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) can cause symptoms. Sometimes people don’t experience any symptoms when they have an STI, and sometimes symptoms we think are being caused by an STI are in fact not related at all!
Some common symptoms of STIs include:
• Discharge from your dick or arse
• Pain when you piss
• Lumps or sores on or around your dick or arse
• Rash in your groin or around your arse
• Rash on your hands, feet or torso
If you have symptoms it is important to seek medical advice.
Who can help me with my symptoms?
• M Clinic
• Your General Practitioner
• Sexual Health Clinics
If you have STI symptoms and would like to come to the M Clinic for a consultation, please call to book an appointment at a time when a doctor is working.
The M Clinic has doctors working at the following times (please note these times can change):
• Tuesdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
• Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
• Thursdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
GP & Sexual Health Clinics
If you are unable to make an appointment at the M Clinic, it is best to call your General Practitioner or another sexual health clinic.
Other sexual health clinics can be found here.