Covid-19 Update 12 August 2020
The sexual health clinic is open but there are some changes to the way we operate.
We are not having walk-in clinics at the moment. You can still ring us to make an appointment, but please do not come into the clinic if you are unwell with flu or cold symptoms.
If you have symptoms or concerns that you feel are urgent, please ring us and we will have a phone consultation with you – we can determine from this if you need an urgent appointment or can wait for a routine one.
We also have the option of remote testing for people without symptoms: We can send you an STI testing kit and you can take your own samples and drop them at the lab, where you can also have a blood test done if you wish. Give us a ring if you are interested in doing this.
We are still taking referrals as usual.
Give us a call on 0800 808 602 (free-phone) or 06 350 8602 (from a landline). We may not answer straight away but we will ring you back (the call will come with blocked ID).
• Diagnosis and management of:
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including Syphilis and HIV
- Other related genital problems including genital skin conditions and
• Specialist services upon GP referral
• Consultation and advice on other sexual and reproductive issues
• Gender affirming healthcare upon referral
We don't provide routine contraception; however, we provide some long-lasting contraception on referral - please discuss with your GP.
If you are not a New Zealand resident
For people not eligible for funded healthcare in New Zealand, restrictions apply on the tests and services you can have from this clinic. Please see read more at the Ministry of Health
We offer an express service in Palmerston North for patients that have already been here before. The purpose is to get quicker and easier access to regular STI testing. It is only for testing so you won’t see a doctor or nurse on that day.
The express service is suitable for you if:
• You are an already enrolled patient at Sexual Health Service and
• You are symptom-free (haven't noticed anything wrong) and
• You don't need treatment and
• You just want a routine sexual health check-up
Please feel free to ask us about the express service if you want more information.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP)
PrEP involves taking daily medicine to reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV. It is funded for people who meet certain criteria
. If you are interested in PrEP please call us to make an appointment for an assessment. Several visits maybe required to assess if this is a suitable and safe option for you. You can print off this PrEP questionnaire
, complete it and bring it to your appointment.
Symptom free is no guarantee
• You can have an STI without having any symptoms.
• If you have had unprotected sex it is important to have a sexual health check since untreated STI’s can lead to health complications.
What else do I need to know?
• You can be seen for sexual health checks by our service without a referral from your General Practitioner (GP).
• STIs have incubation periods, so it takes at least two weeks for most STIs to be detected in the tests, and even longer (around six weeks) for blood-borne infections HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphilis.
• If we can’t answer the phone, please leave a message. We are very conscious of confidentiality when returning calls.