STI (Sexual Transmitted Infections) testing is a very important part of taking care of your health if you are sexual active. STI’s can have few or no symptoms and many people don’t know they are infected. It’s a good idea to get tested regularly (we suggest every 6 months).
Confidential STI testing and anonymous HIV testing can be done at the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit located in Guelph at 20 Shelldale Crescent. The Sexual Health Clinic is open: Monday & Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am – 6:30 pm.
Your first step is to call ahead and make an appointment. Their number is: 519-846-2715, or try them toll-free at 1-800-265-7293.
When you arrive at your appointment, you’ll check in at the desk. They will set you up with a public health nurse who will ask you some questions and administer the tests. The testing is usually a combination of a urine test and blood test, depending on which STI’s you are being tested for. For more information on the HIV tests available at the Health Unit, click here.
Once testing is done, they will let you know when to expect results. It usually takes two weeks, but sometimes it can take longer. If you got an anonymous HIV test, the nurse will give you a card with your ID number (so they can find your file when you return). This ID is not linked to your name in anyway, so you remain anonymous.
The Health Unit may or may not contact you when your results are in. If you haven’t heard from them by the time the nurse said the results would likely return, feel free to call and ask. If they are in, you they will ask you to make a follow-up appointment to receive your results. Please note: Public Health will never give the results over the phone, so don’t panic if they refuse to.
At your follow-up meeting, the nurse will ask you some more questions and share your results. If you test positive for any STI, they can provide treatment options, counselling and referrals to resources.
UPDATE: The Wellington/Dufferin Public Health Unit has recently moved, the links and addresses in this post have been updated to reflect their new information.