Sexual Health

ACT Health delivers and supports a range of health services for testing and care of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and blood-borne viruses (BBV). Anyone accessing this site for information on STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis or BBVs such as HIV and hepatitis, is also encouraged to seek advice from a health professional. You can visit your General Practitioner or one of the other services that specialise in sexual health and related issues listed on this website.

Canberra Health Services operates the Canberra Sexual Health Centre, a specialist clinic providing professional and non-judgmental care. 

STIs Facts

  •  STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are more common than you might think and are on the rise in the ACT
  •  Anyone who has had vaginal, oral or anal sex is at risk of catching an STI
  •  Using condoms every time you have sex is the best way to protect yourself against STIs and HIV, unless you and your partner have been tested and neither of you have other partners - it is also important to agree to tell each other if this changes
  •  STIs often don’t have any symptoms
  •  STIs are easy to treat if they are diagnosed early, but if left untreated they can cause long-term health problems that may be harder to treat
  •  The only way to be sure you don’t have an STI is to get tested
  •  Getting tested for STIs is quick and easy
  •  If you’re sexually active, you should get tested for STIs at least every 12 months and every time you have a new partner.
Canberra Sexual Health Centre

Canberra Sexual Health Centre is part of Canberra Health Services. It is a specialist clinic providing professional and non-judgmental care. 

The Centre provides free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and blood borne viruses (BBV) and is also the region’s largest HIV outpatient service.

You do not need a Medicare card or a referral to attend the Sexual Health Centre, but if you have one, please bring it with you.

If you are concerned about having tests done in your full name, please discuss this with us when you register.  

This service is available at the following locations:

Canberra Sexual Health Centre

Canberra Hospital, 5, Gilmore Cres, Garran ACT 2605

We can be contacted from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Phone: 02 5124 2184 or Fax: 02 5124 8200

For after-hours advice, please speak to a registered nurse at HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.

Sexual Health Testing and Links

Chlamydia testing

Most people with chlamydia have no symptoms but untreated chlamydia can have serious consequences. So it’s important to have regular check-ups.

See your GP, and if you don’t have one, visit your most local general practice.   Chlamydia testing is quick and easy and you don’t need to be examined unless you have symptoms. Sometimes you might need more tests including blood testing, based on your sexual history.

Canberra Health Services provides free chlamydia testing at:

  • Canberra Sexual Health Centre
  • Belconnen Walk-In Centre
  • Gungahlin Walk-In Centre
  • Tuggeranong Walk-In Centre

Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) also offer free or low-cost chlamydia testing for concession card holders, clients aged under 21 and full time students aged under 25. Testing for chlamydia and other STIs is available at SHFPACT to all people in the community. 

I’ve got an STI, how do I tell my sexual partners?

It’s important to tell your sexual partners to help stop the spread of STIs.  If you’re worried about breaking the news to your sexual partners, there are internet-based services that can help you. Include links to partner notification websites

Useful Website Links

Prevention and free condoms

‘Safe sex’ is consenting sexual contact that does not involve the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners. Condoms offer the best available protection when used correctly to reduce the risk of contracting a STI or BBV by acting as a physical barrier.

Free condoms and lubricant can be accessed in the ACT at the following organisations:

Canberra Health Services

Directions (clients only)

External sexual health services and organisations

Notification and surveillance

There are over 60 notifiable conditions in the ACT, including hepatitis A, B and C, chlamydia, gonococcal infection, HIV and syphilis. A list of Public Health Notifiable Conditions in the ACT and the Public Health (Reporting of Notifiable Conditions) Code of Practice is available under Disallowable instruments on the ACT Legislation Register.

The Disease Surveillance Unit is responsible for coordination of the ACT Communicable Disease Surveillance Program. Further information on reporting a notifiable condition can be found on the Disease Surveillance page.

This service is available at the following locations:

Level 4, Building 8 Canberra Hospital (off Hospital Road), Garran ACT 2605
Page last updated on: 8 Feb 2021