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What to expect
In BC, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be done at most health clinics and doctors’ offices. Not all clinics or health care providers do things exactly the same way, but the slide show above will give you a general idea of what to expect.
Does it cost anything to get STI testing?
In BC, STI testing is free in many local public health units. You can go to any doctor or clinic for free testing if you have Medical Services Plan (BC Care Card) coverage. If you don't have MSP, use the SmartSexResource Clinic Finder to look up clinics that offer free testing and other sexual health services.
What tests do I need?
It can be helpful to use an STI checklist when you talk with your health care provider about what tests you might need. Many clinics offer confidential testing for all STIs, including HIV.
If you are thinking of getting tested, here are some steps to help you get ready:
- Find a clinic or see your health care provider.
- Call ahead to find out clinic hours, if an appointment is needed, if you need to bring ID or your Medical Services Plan (BC Care Card) number.
- Look here for clinics who offer free testing, if you don't have a BC Care Card.
- Take the STI checklist to your appointment.
- Expect test results to take up to 10 days depending on where you live and what tests are done.