New online STI screening bypasses GP consult

The service, called SmartSex, will be piloted in NSW and the ACT this month before launching nationally and will allow people to test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Once the test is purchased, clients visit a collection centre where a blood or urine sample is taken and can expect to receive a result by SMS within two days. Customers are required to nominate a GP who will also receive the result if it is positive.

Sydney GP Dr Ged Foley said he welcomes any service that enables and motivates patients to get tested.

“If [people] feel more comfortable ordering pathology screening for STIs online and as a result are diagnosed or tested more regularly, then it’s a win-win for everyone.”

He added that because the service requires a GP to be nominated by the client to receive a positive result, their crucial role in counselling and treating is maintained. 

“A doctor