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Sexual health services
There is a range of free, bulk-billed and/or low-cost sexual health services in SA. Any General Practitioner should be able to provide you with information and care relating to your sexual health; however, some people may feel more comfortable seeking sexual healthcare from specialist providers.
Some of these include:
Adelaide Sexual Health Centre
Adelaide Sexual Health Centre offers free and confidential testing, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (including HIV). Services are available by appointment only. Before contacting Adelaide Sexual Health Centre, you are asked to complete the 'AM I OK' self-assessment tool.
Health professionals can also contact the Adelaide Sexual Health Centre for expert advice on sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
SHINE SA provides education and a comprehensive range of sexual and reproductive health services, STI and blood borne virus testing, contraception and counselling. Clinical and counselling services are free for all clients 30 years and under who have a Medicare card (a fee for consumables may apply).
SHINE SA also provides a Sexual Healthline, where you can talk confidentially to a SHINE SA nurse about any sexual health issue.
SAMESH - SA Mobilisation and Empowerment for Sexual Health (a joint program of SHINE SA and Thorne Harbour Health (Victoria)) provides support, education and training about sexual health and HIV for men who have sex with men and people living with HIV, as well as services for the broader LGBTIQ community.
RAPIDO! Rapid HIV Testing Service
RAPIDO is a joint program of SHINE SA and SAMESH. It offers a free, less confronting testing experience for gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM), and trans and gender diverse people. The service is a peer-led model meaning the people doing the rapid testing also identify as gay, bi or trans as well.
The CONNECT project promotes HIV testing and helps you get access to free HIV self-testing kits. It is a federally funded pilot project aimed at increasing availability of HIV testing in priority populations and is being conducted by SAMESH in South Australia.
HIVTest.au is a free, accessible, and discreet HIV self-testing kit delivery service that provides one year’s worth of HIV self-testing kits to people living in Australia aged over 18 years.
HIVtest.au is a joint project between the National Association of people with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and Queensland Positive People (QPP).
Metropolitan Youth Health Service
The Metropolitan Youth Health Service as part of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network provides a free, confidential health service for young people aged 12 to 25 years.
Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service, Women's and Children's Health Network, is the lead South Australian public health agency responding to adult rape and sexual assault for people who were aged 16 years and over at the time.
Cedar Health Service
Cedar Health Service inclusive domestic and family violence healthcare provides holistic care and support to people 16 years and over who have been subjected to abusive and unsafe behaviour from a partner or ex-partner.
HIV PEP Triage Hotline
The HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Triage Hotline is a 24 hour, 7 days a week hotline for members of the public who have or think they may have had a sexual or other non-workplace exposure to HIV.
For more information visit the following SA Health webpages:
PEP must be started within 72 hours of the HIV risk exposure.
Contact the South Australian HIV PEP hotline on 1800 022 226.