There are many places we can get tested for STIs (including HIV) and Hep C in British Columbia. STI, HIV and Hep C testing in our province is always free and confidential! Most often, STIs and Hep C do not have any symptoms or signs. Testing is the only way to know whether or not we have an STI.
We can use the STI clinic finder below offered by Smart Sex Resource that is below to find a clinic where we can get tested. This clinic finder does not include places that offer STI testing on First Nations reserves. Community Health Nurses in our communities will be able to do STI tests, or help us find someone who can.
We can also get an STI test by asking a family doctor to order the test for us. In this process, we will be given a lab requisition form and then have to visit a lab.
In some parts of BC, we can also use the website GetCheckedOnline to get a lab requisition form without seeing a nurse or doctor. To make an account, use the promo code youthco.
Depending on what viruses or bacteria we may be coming into contact with, we'll need different types of tests: blood, urine, or a swab (for our throat, bum, vagina, or front hole). For more information about testing, visit Smart Sex Resource, a website created by the BC Centre for Disease Control, which has information about STIs, and what we need to know about each STI test. Content note: this website does not consistently use gender affirming language for our body parts.