How long do STI test results take?

Published January 19 2024 inSexual Health
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When you’re concerned about the prospect of having an STI, it’s understandable to be concerned about the timeframe for test results. Waiting for results can cause a lot of anxiety and stress.

This blog aims to alleviate some of this stress by providing a comprehensive overview of how long it takes to receive STI test results in Australia. We will delve into the specifics of different STIs, the testing process, and the factors affecting the time it takes to get your results.

Armed with this knowledge, you can better manage your expectations and navigate your sexual health with more confidence.

What is an STI?

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that primarily spread through sexual contact. This includes vaginal, anal, or oral sex, and sometimes close skin-to-skin contact.

These infections can also spread through other means, like through sharing needles during intravenous drug use or through blood transfusions.

Some of the most common STIs in Australia include:

What are the symptoms of an STI?

Most STIs don’t present with any symptoms. However, when symptoms do appear, they can vary widely. Regular testing is thus critical for anyone who is sexually active, to ensure both their own health and the health of their partners.

Some common symptoms of an STI include:

  1. Unusual discharge from the penis, vagina, or rectum
  2. Pain during sex or urination
  3. Blisters, sores, spots, or lumps around the genital area
  4. Fever or flu-like symptoms including swollen glands or headaches
  5. Unexplained weight loss
  6. Skin rashes
  7. Itching or burning sensations in or around the genitals

When should you get an STI test?

You should get tested if:

  • You have not been tested for a while and want to check your sexual health
  • You are sexually active and not in a committed monogamous relationship
  • You have had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex
  • You have begun a sexual relationship with a new partner
  • You have sexual relationships with multiple partners
  • You have symptoms of an STI
  • A previous sexual partner tells you that they have an STI

Remember: when you get tested should be based on your behaviours, not just symptoms. Since most STIs are asymptomatic, most people with an STI do not know they’ve got one.

What are the different kinds of STI tests?

In order to test for STIs, a medical professional needs to take a sample from your body. Samples are taken to detect the presence of the infection, whether it be the presence of a bacteria or virus, or the presence of antibodies produced by the body to fight the infection.

The types of samples taken include:

  • Blood samples
  • Urine samples
  • Swab samples

The type of sample taken will depend on the test and infection in question.

Where can you get tested?

If you live in Australia and you are worried about STIs, you can get tested with Better2Know. You can easily find a clinic near you that will offer the test or screen you will need.

How long do test results take?

The time it takes to receive your STI test results can vary, depending on the type of test.

With Better2Know, most results are available within 1 to 5 days after your sample has been received by our laboratory. Once your results are ready, you will be notified via your preferred method of communication (phone, email, or SMS). Confidentiality is a priority at Better2Know; your results will not be shared without your consent.

Final thoughts

The length of time it takes to get tested for STIs can vary depending on your circumstances. But if you are concerned about STIs, you should get tested right away.

Get in touch with us today to find a test and clinic near you. Remember: when it comes to your sexual health, it’s always better to know.


Mike has been delivering world class Sexually Transmitted Infections testing services to Better2Know patients around the world for over ten years. He has written extensively on the subject, including numerous blogs for Better2Know which are designed to demystify the complex intricacies of sexual health testing. Mike wants to help his readers understand the risks they take in their daily sexual lives and provide the information they need when choosing an STI or STD test in a clear, concise and understandable way. Mike is particularly interested in writing about viral STIs like HIV and Hepatitis, as these infections can have a devastating impact on people’s lives if they are not diagnosed quickly. Only through being well informed can you best care for your health, and Mike is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience to help you and all his readers lead a happier, healthier life.