STI Testing in BC

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.

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.

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YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!