If you’re currently sexually active and potentially at risk for HIV, you should get an HIV test. Additionally, you should test against all other sexually transmitted diseases such as Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, HPV, Hep A, B, C, and Syphilis. Most clinics can help individuals with all STD testing to ensure a clean bill of health.

While not all STDs are curable, all conditions are treatable. If you believe you have an STI, you must get checked as soon as possible. STIs can be painful and may have long-term health effects. Symptoms may vary between men and women (while some people will have no symptoms).

STI Symptoms For Men

• Discoloured or foul-smelling discharge from the penis

• Bleeding from the penis

• Pain during sex or masturbation

• Excessive itching

• Unusual bumps or rash on the genital area

• Burning feeling while urinating

STI Symptoms For Women

• Burning feeling while urinating

• Unusual bumps or rash on the genital area

• Unusual discharge (different colour, smell, or quantity) from the vagina

• Excessive itching on the labia or vagina

• Heavier-than-usual bleeding from your vagina (different than your period)

HIV Testing Isn’t Automatic

HIV testing always involves pre-test counselling and then a blood test. Your doctor won’t automatically screen against HIV unless you request this option. If you believe you may be at risk for HIV, locate a PrEP clinic in Ontario. PrEP is a daily medication that can significantly lower your chances of getting HIV. All PrEP prescriptions require a complete STI panel (including HIV) to start, making it a comprehensive option for someone wanting to improve their sexual health.

Clinics for STI Testing in Toronto

Every doctor’s office, clinic, or urgent care facility can perform STI testing. The following locations can offer free testing if you’re looking for an exclusive STI testing facility.

HQ Toronto- HIV Testing and STI Testing

790 Bay Street, 8th Floor

This clinic offers walk-in appointments Monday to Friday (12 pm until 8 pm). Many of these tests are express and will report results through email.

Hassle-Free Clinic- HIV and STI Testing

66 Gerrard Street

This clinic functions by appointment only. Contact the office at 416-922-0566 to book your screening.

Queen West Central Toronto Community Health Centre- Anonymous HIV Testing (by appointment)

168 Bathurst Street

This clinic currently offers anonymous HIV testing, hepatitis C programs, laboratory services, and general medical care.

Safer Six Inclusive Sexual Health Clinic

27 Roncesvalles Ave, Suite 505

This clinic offers comprehensive ST testing and treatment, HIV testing, and PrEP prescriptions.

Rexdale Community Health Centre

8 Taber Road

This clinic currently works on urgent concerns only. Please get in touch with the clinic at 416-744-0066 for more details and to book an appointment.

Birth Control and Sexual Health Centre

 960 Lawrence Avenue West, West of Dufferin Street

This clinic offers services through appointment only. Patients may receive anonymous HIV testing, rapid HIV testing, and HIV counselling. Individuals may also receive confidential STI testing and other sexual health services, including sexual health counselling, free condoms, Hep B vaccines, and low-cost contraceptives. Low-cost contraceptives may include birth control pills, implants, Depo shots, and IUDs. 

 

 

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