Unique factors that place youth at risk for STI

insufficient screening
confidentiality concern
lack of access to healthcare
multiple sex partners

Knowing when you should get tested for a sexually transmissible infection (STI) can be a huge advantage and really is the responsible thing to do for your health.

And we know what you’re thinking: it won’t happen to me. Really? Just keep in mind that most sexually transmissible infections can often show no symptoms, meaning you may be infected and not know it.  Of course the best way to reduce the risk of getting an STI is to use condoms. They are the best form of protection to help stop the transmission of STIs.

Complete the risk assessment tool to see if you should be getting checked out.

How to go about getting tested

Unsure how to ask your doctor about getting an STI test? That’s ok.  A good way of doing it is to make your STI test part of another hospital visit. Say something like:  I know I’m here to get a prescription, but I’d like to get an STI test too. Don’t be embarrassed, your doctor has heard it all before and it’s completely confidential. 

Health workers, for example a Doctor or a Nurse must take confidentiality very seriously. Generally, they will talk to you before sharing info you have given them with other people or organisations.

But, if they think you or someone else is at risk of significant harm or have any concerns about your safety, welfare or well-being, they may have to share the information with other people without your permission.

There are a number of different ways to test for sexually transmissible infections (STIs).  In fact, there are a few different tests that might apply to you. The most common test for young people is a urine sample.

You can do some of the STI tests yourself if you buy a test kit. But that’s only if you don’t have any symptoms.

If you do have symptoms it may be best that you have a physical examination by your doctor. If you’re really uncomfortable with being examined you can always say no…it’s entirely up to you.

Urine Sample

Otherwise known as peeing in a cup or jar, this test covers STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea and is the most commonly offered test for guys. Girls can opt to do a urine sample or a vaginal swab. The choice is yours.

Vaginal Swab

This is a test you can perform yourself or a doctor or nurse can take the swab for you. It tests for STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea and is the most commonly offered test to girls.

Anal Swab

This is another test you can perform yourself or a doctor or nurse can take the swab for you. It tests for STIs like rectal chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

Throat Swab

The doctor or nurse may take a swab from the back of your throat. It’s really quick but might make you cough. It tests for STIs passed on through oral sex like chlamydia or gonorrhoea.

Blood Test

Getting a blood test involves taking a small amount of blood from you (usually from a vein in your arm) using a sterile needle. The blood taken is then stored in a tube before it’s sent off to a laboratory where it’s tested. These tests can be used to identify syphilis, HIV and hepatitis.

Centers For Support, Education and Awareness Raising

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency
Provides leadership that supports the promotion and implementation of high quality and sustainable primary health care
Location: Plot 681/682, Port-Harcourt Crescent Off Gimbiya Street, Area 11, Garki Abuja.
Tel: +234.9.314.2925
Email: info@nphcda.gov.ng
Website: http://www.nphcda.gov.ng/

Positive Action for Treatment Access Services
Public Education on HIV/AIDS, Skills Acquisition and Training for People Living With HIV/AIDS
Location: Holy Trinity Hospital Plaza (1st Floor), Adesina Street, Off Obafemi, Awolowo Way, Ikeja
Tel: +234.1.899.3426
Email: info@patanigeria.com
Website: http://www.pata-nigeria.com/index.html

Journalists Against AIDS
Policy Advocacy, Programme Support, Research and Communication, Training and Institution Building
Location: 14 Fadare Street (End of Kayode Street), Beside Normal Children’s School, Ogba, Lagos.
Tel: +234.1.773.1457, +234.1.812.8565
Mailing Address: Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria, PO Box 56282, Falomo, Lagos
Email: editor@nigeria-aids.org, resourcecentre@nigeria-aids.org, eforum@nigeria-aids.org, moderator1@nigeria-aids.org
Website: http://www.nigeria-aids.org

Positive Life Organization of Nigeria
Holds regular Support Group Meetings for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and supports PLWHA/PABA. Creates Public Awareness to reduce the spread of HIV and HIV/AIDS discrimination/stigmatization and promotes voluntary HIV/AIDS Counselling and Testing (HCT)
Location: Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Compound, 6 Edmund Crescent, off Murtala Mohammed way, Yaba, Lagos
Email: info@plongroup.org, contact@plongroup.org
Website: http://www.plongroup.org/

Nigeria HIV Info
For the latest information on HIV/AIDS
Location: 20, Mojidi Street, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: +234.1.791.3370, +234.1.776.4418
Email: contact@nigeriahivinfo.com
Website: http://www.nigeriahivinfo.com/

Centre for the Right to Health
Promotes professional ethics in healthcare delivery and to secure patients’ rights. Promotes and protects the human rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in health care institutions, work places, and within the community. Empowers and mobilize defenceless groups, such as PLWHA to assert their rights. Provides counselling, care and support to PLWHA and their families.
Location: 3, Obanle-Aro Avenue, Off Coker Road Roundabout, Ilupeju
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6383, Shomolu, Lagos, Nigeria.
Tel: +234.1.774.3816
Fax: +234.1.497.9467
E-mail: crhaids@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.crhonline.org/

Journalists Against AIDS
Advocates for action on adolescents’ needs and access to care with policy makers, parents and community leaders. Increases access to comprehensive sexuality education, peer education and counselling. This enables adolescents make responsible decisions about their sexuality. Provides reproductive healthcare services specifically designed for adolescents, as well as referrals to adolescent-friendly institutions for further care.
Location: 17 Lawal Street, Off Oweh Street, Fadeyi, Lagos
Tel: +234.1.774.3745
Email: info@actionhealthinc.org, lab@actionhealthinc.org, library@actionhealthinc.org
Website: http://www.actionhealthinc.org/

National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)
Provide information to the general public on HIV/AIDS, this includes testing venues, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.
Location: Plot 823 Ralph Sodeinde Street, CBD, Abuja
Tel: +234.9.461.3724 – 29, +234.9.461.3700
Website: http://www.naca.gov.ng/

The Federal Ministry of Health
Aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to communicable diseases to the barest minimum, reverse the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases, meet global targets on the elimination and eradication of diseases, and significantly increase the life expectancy and quality of life of Nigerians.
Location: New Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way, Central Business District, P.M.B. 083, Garki, Abuja
Tel: +234.9.523.8362
Email: info@fmh.gov.ng, hmoffice@fmh.gov.ng, hmsoffice@fmh.gov.ng, psoffice@fmh.gov.ng
Website: http://www.fmh.gov.ng/

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