Other testing services in WA
For a short list of clinics in the Perth CBD click here.
Any general practitioner (GP) can give you a sexual health test. However, some GP’s may not have much experience in sexual health. Sexual health clinics and doctors with a special interest in sexual health are who we recommend seeing. They can provide safe, confidential and judgement-free support.
Getting tested should never be embarrassing or shameful. You are taking steps that look after your sexual health and that of your partners. That’s awesome and you should be proud of it.
Check out the map below to find a sexual health clinic near you.
The clinics listed above are just recommendations, as they are either well known to us or are specifically sexual health clinics.
If a healthcare provider makes you feel ashamed, embarrassed, or uncomfortable during your appointment, please let us know. You have the right to always be treated with respect.
LGBTQ+ friendly GPs
WAAC and M Clinic maintain a list of gay, bi & trans friendly GPs (if you are a service provider contact us so that we can discuss adding you to the list!).
Please refer to the Google Map below for current listings.
Please contact us and tell us about your experience with a GP on the list, whether or not it’s good or bad! We want to maintain a list that is safe and secure for our clients.
Sexual health friendly mental health providers
Here is a list of sexual health and LGBTQIA+ friendly mental health care providers.
Please note that this is not a complete list. If you have an issue with any of the listed providers, please let us know. We always welcome feedback so we can better support our communities.
If you are a mental health care provider who would like to be added to our list, please fill out the contact form on our Contact us page.
Community and hobbies
This is a short list of useful community and queer-oriented hubs and clubs.
Perth Gay Social Club – what’s on
Check out their website!
Out in Perth Community List
Find a comprehensive list of different queer community groups in Perth on Out in Perth.
“Team Perth is a hub for promoting queer sporting and recreation in Western Australia. With the aim to provide support for all the sports clubs and recreation groups and help in the coordination of teams representing Western Australia for Gay Games and Outgames and other national and international events.”
Find them on Facebook
A Perth community group for geeks, gamers and allies no matter their gender or sexual orientation. This group is a forum to discuss upcoming gaymer events and talk about geeky and game-related topics. Find them on Facebook
University Queer Departments
Useful Facebook Groups
Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Better to Know
Better to Know is a sexual health resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It provides information about common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), what to do if you have an STI and where to get tested. It contains information that deals with both men’s and women’s business.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
HealthInfoNet is a ECU service that provides information and links on a broad range of health topics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Sisters and Brothers NT
Sisters & Brothers NT is an advocacy and support group that celebrates gender, intersex and sexuality diversity. Their aim is to create a society where diversity is respected and understood across cultures. By providing a safe space for Sistergirls, Brotherboys, Indigenous and non-Indigenous LGBTIQ people to come together, we can develop a stronger community, create social change and address issues of racism, sexism, homophobia and gender inequality.
Positive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network
The NAPWHA-auspiced Positive Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network is a national membership-based group for indigenous people living with HIV. PATSIN exists to provide an outlet for exchanging experiences and knowledge about HIV, and to advocate for change at the community level.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week
An awareness week aimed at promoting HIV testing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Held during the week of World AIDS Day (1 December).
Resources for people living with HIV
WAAC provides comprehensive services for people living with HIV (and their support networks, including family, partner/s, et cetera)
- Information about living with HIV
- Case management and support
- Referral services
- Positive peer education
- Workshops, forums and activities
- Education and professional development
Other HIV services in Australia
- ACT – Meridian ACT
- New South Wales – ACON
- Northern Territory – Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC)
- Queensland – QPP
- Victoria – Thorne Harbour Health
- Tasmania – Red Thread
MyLife+ empowers people with HIV to take control of their health and wellbeing, and manage their overall quality of life. This free application has been created in collaboration between NAPWHA (below) and ViiV Healthcare.
- Your Body Blueprint
Your Body Blueprint has been designed to provide accessible, clear information to assist you to make informed decisions on how you can lead healthier lives. It explains the various important body systems that can be affected by HIV infection and anti-HIV treatments, and the health benefits that can be achieved by taking action now. It also explains how different areas of your social life can have an impact on your health, and gives some tips to consider.
- National Association of People Living With HIV Australia (NAPWHA)
NAPWHA provides advocacy, policy, health promotion, effective representation, and outreach on a national level. Its work includes a range of health and education initiatives that promote the highest quality standard of care for HIV-positive people. NAPWHA also contributes to clinical and social research into the incidence, impact and management of HIV.
- The Institute of Many (TIM)
The Institute of Many (TIM) is a peer-run group for HIV positive people. Acting as a social umbrella and advocacy platform, we bring HIV positive people together to share their experience of living with HIV in an informal, confidential environment- in person and online. There is a closed Facebook group available to join for people living with HIV.
- Turning Tina is TIM’s harm reduction resource for gay, bi, trans men living with HIV who use crystal meth AKA tina.
- Positive Leadership Development Institute
The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI™) offers people living with HIV the opportunity to develop skills for leadership and resilience.
- Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) is the national federation for the HIV community response. We provide leadership, coordination and support to the Australia’s policy, advocacy and health promotion response to HIV/AIDS. Facebook
- HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC)
HIV AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) is a not-for-profit, specialist community legal centre, and the only one of its kind in Australia. As lawyers we tackle the severe stigma and discrimination that remains associated with HIV, and provide specialist support to deal with the particular issues that HIV and the law create. Facebook
TouchBase is a national website providing information on alcohol and drug use as well as mental health and sexual health for LGBTI communities. Touchbase also has specific alcohol and substance information relating to antiretroviral medication and for people living HIV.
- Liverpool HIV Drug Interaction Checker
The University of Liverpool has a comprehensive drug interaction checker for HIV medication. You can check the effect that many different types of medications and substances, including recreational substances, complementary therapies, and over the counter medications to make sure it is not having an adverse effect on your antiretroviral medication. There is also a free app.
- Living Positive Victoria
Living Positive Victoria is a not for profit, community-based organisation representing all people living with HIV in Victoria since 1988 and is committed to the advancement of human rights and wellbeing of all people living with HIV. Facebook
- Positive Life NSW
Positive Life NSW is a non-profit community-based organisation. We work to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination. We provide information and targeted referrals, and advocate to change systems and practices that discriminate against people with HIV, our friends, family and carers in NSW.
Resources for healthcare professionals
Do you have a client who classifies as men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM)? Here is a guide on how often MSM should be testing:
Regarding referrals, clients can book in directly with M Clinic through our online booking system or call us on 9227 0734.
If you have a client that has been treated for syphilis, they are required to be followed up at the diagnosing GP, as per the ASHM STI Management Guidelines.
If for some reason that is not possible, you need to call the practice manager at 9227 0734 to discuss a plan of action.
If you have a person that has come in as a contact of syphilis, you can treat them. By pre-emptively treating all contacts, we can then reduce the overall rates of syphilis in the Perth metro area, which have been steadily increasing since 2014. Please refer to the following resource in how to manage contacts of syphilis, which also includes a downloadable resource: Management of syphilis contacts for GPs