Screening & Checks
Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI) screening
STIs can be passed from one person to another through any sexual activity that involves the exchange of body fluids or skin to skin contact. Every time a person has sex without using a condom, they are at risk of contracting an STI. Some STIs have symptoms like genital pain, sores or discharges, but not all STIs have symptoms. It is possible to have an STI and pass it on without knowing it. The Queensland Health website has detailed information about STIs.
Chlamydia is the most common STI in Australia and can cause infertility in both men and women if left untreated. It is simple to test and simple to treat; you can be tested for Chlamydia by attending any FPQ clinic and providing a urine sample.
STIs do not go away without treatment. If you think you might have an STI, it is important to get tested as soon as you can. Contact an FPQ clinic
Pap smears are recommended every 2 years for women who have not had a hysterectomy, and more frequently for women who have had a previous abnormal smear. Contact your GP, mobile women’s health nurse or your local family planning clinic for a pap smear. You can find more information on Queensland Health’s cervical screening page.
Breast screening is recommended every 2 years. National breast screening programs accept women for mammography screening for breast cancer from the age of 40. If you are over 40, phone 13 20 50 for an appointment for a mammogram. More information is contained in the brochure ‘Be Breast Aware’.
Testicular and Prostate cancer screening
Men often put off going to the doctor. Don’t let embarrassment get in the way of seeing your doctor to discuss your health. Any changes in the size or feel or the testicles or difficulty passing urine are symptoms that require a doctors visit. You can find more information about testicular cancer or prostate cancer in brochures available through The Queensland Cancer Council.