What we test

Urine PCR

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can affect both men and women. Many people who are infected with the Chlamydia bacteria do not have symptoms but can still transmit it. Chlamydia can affect the urethra (the urine passage), cervix (the neck of the womb), rectum, anus, throat, and eyes. Gonorrhea can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.

This urine test measures

The test is looking for evidence of the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Gonorrhoea is usually easily treated but can cause severe reproductive and health problems if left untreated.

The test is looking for evidence of infection by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in Australia. Diagnosing and treating chlamydia is very important to prevent long-term complications and spread of the infection to others.

Syphilis Serology

Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. The disease starts as a painless sore — typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth. Syphilis spreads from person to person via skin or mucous membrane contact with these sores.

This blood test measures:

The test is looking for evidence of Treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. It is easily treated but can cause severe health problems if left untreated.

Hepatitis Serology

Hepatitis may be caused by infection, viruses, chemicals, alcohol, drug use and other factors. Chronic hepatitis means ongoing inflammation of the liver, irrespective of the underlying cause. There are various forms of viral hepatitis which include:

  • Anyone can be infected if they come in direct contact with the hepatitis A virus through food, drinks or objects contaminated by the faeces of an infected person.
  • Hepatitis B virus is spread when blood, semen, vaginal secretions or other body fluids from someone infected with hepatitis B enter the bloodstream of someone who is not infected with hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that is spread when blood from a person with hepatitis C enters another person’s bloodstream. In Australia, the most common way it is transmitted is through sharing unsterile injecting drug equipment.
This blood test measures:

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection characterised by inflammation and enlargement of the liver. Hepatitis A is spread through food or water contaminated with the virus or by coming in contact with an infected person. This test detects hepatitis A antibodies in the blood.

The presence of anti-HBc indicates previous or ongoing infection with hepatitis B virus in an undefined time frame.

A negative result indicates that a person has never been infected, or has recovered from acute hepatitis and has rid themselves of the virus. A positive (or reactive) result indicates an active infection but does not indicate how infectious an infected person is to others.

Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect and damage the liver. In most cases, it is contracted through exposure to blood (usually from sharing contaminated needles while injecting drugs or, before 1990, through a blood transfusion) and it can be passed from mother to baby.

Test instructions

Download and print your pathology form from your i-screen dashboard.

Take your form to one of our affiliated collection centres to have your sample taken - no need for an appointment.

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