What are STIs?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) include bacterial infections (syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia), viruses (HIV, Herpes, HPV), and parasites (Pubic lice, Scabies).

STIs can increase the likelihood of HIV transmission so regular testing and prompt treatment is recommended. For people living with HIV, having an existing STI can increase HIV viral load and decrease your CD4 count.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are on the rise among gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) including HIV positive men. When testing for HIV a full sexual health check should be performed including STIs. Hepatitis B and C. Anal and oral swabs for syphilis and gonorrhoea should also be performed. These infections are sometimes asymptomatic. 

We recommend regular sexual health testing

Acquiring an STI can increase a PLHIV viral load, so it is recommended PLHIV test for STIs every three months.

Regular testing is still recommended if you are using condoms consistently. Most STIs can be asymptomatic which is another good reason for regular testing.

The Drama Down Under

Learn about the most common STIs affecting men who have sex with men and what to expect when getting tested as well as frequency of testing. Other campaign content includes;

  • Vaccine information
  • An anonymous service to notify partners of STIs
  • List of clinics for testing
  • ‘Testing reminders’ feature



Clinic 30

30 Helen Street, Teneriffe, QLD 4000

Phone for an appointment 07 3017 1777

Email enquiries [email protected]

Doctor availability (by appointment only):

Dr Tracy Schrader (S100 Prescriber)
Monday 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tuesday 11.00am – 2.30pm
Thursday 11.ooam – 4.30pm
Friday 11.00am – 2.30pm

Dr Bella George (S100 Prescriber)
Monday 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Walk-in Service ( no appointment necessary)
Every Tuesday night – 6.00pm – 8.00pm (Full STI/HIV testing for gay men and msm)


Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre

Operates once a fortnight on every second Wednesday

Booking is essential

Call QuAC on (07) 3017 1777 to book

Current hours are 11am to 4pm

22 Charles St, Pialba.