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A SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE FOR TRANS AND GENDER DIVERSE COMMUNITIES

trans[TEST] is a new peer-led, sexual health service for anyone who is trans or gender diverse (TGD). trans[TEST] is a partnership between ACON and the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC).

The trans[TEST] model combines trained TGD peers working with sexual health nurses and doctors to deliver HIV and STI testing and other sexual health services.

trans[TEST] services include:

  • HIV and STI testing
  • Cervical screening tests
  • Vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Treatment of STIs
  • HIV post-exposure (PEP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Blood tests to check hormone levels
  • Referral to support and treatment for HIV and hepatitis C
  • Advice on medical and surgical gender affirmation
  • Referral to other medical services and support services to facilitate access to medical gender affirming healthcare

Services at trans[TEST] are free including HIV/STI testing, cervical screening, vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, treatment of STIs, PEP and meeting with a nurse or doctor to discuss a range of issues. Some medications (e.g. PrEP or hepatitis C treatment) may require you to make a co-payment at the pharmacy.

trans[TEST] operates on the first and third Friday of each month at Clinic 180 in Kings Cross, with appointments from 11:00am to 3:30pm.

FAQ

What can I expect?

When you arrive you will be greeted by trans[TEST] TGD peer workers and fill out a confidential, registration form.

You will then visit with a trained TGD peer worker who will help guide you through your appointment. If needed, your peer worker will do your rapid HIV test (see our FAQ section for more on rapid HIV Testing).

The peer will also chat to you about sexual health info that’s relevant to you. This may include how often to test for HIV and STIs, what to test for and HIV prevention strategies such as PrEP, PEP and undetectable viral load (UVL). After setting you up with some self-collection of swabs, your peer worker will also explain what to expect when you see the nurse.

Our nurse will do any other testing you require. They will also provide any other services required such as cervical screening, provision of PrEP or PEP, blood tests for hormone levels and more.

The option of seeing the doctor is available if you have specific sexual health needs that would require a doctor, such as starting you on treatment if you have STI symptoms.

When the rapid HIV test result is ready (it takes about 30 minutes), your result will be provided by a nurse or a peer. Remember, you’ll need to get blood taken at the same appointment to confirm the results of your rapid HIV test, and test for syphilis too.

The peer workers and the nursing staff are here to help you with any questions about your sexual health and can also connect you with services for gender affirming healthcare and support services.

Am I trans or gender diverse enough to attend trans[TEST]?

Anyone who identifies as transgender or gender diverse is able to attend trans[TEST]. How you seek to affirm your gender is up to you and we welcome all who are out, not out, living openly, only at home or just in their hearts. You don’t need to be on hormones or have had any surgeries to come to trans[TEST], and we will always affirm and respect your gender. Anything you tell your peer, nurse or doctor is strictly confidential.

Why would I see the trans[TEST] doctor instead of the nurse?

There are many reasons that seeing a doctor might be required. This includes, but is not limited to, starting treatment right away for an STI or getting prescriptions for PrEP or PEP.

Why doesn’t trans[TEST] provide hormone (HRT) initiation or prescriptions?

While we have a doctor on site, trans[TEST] is focused on the sexual health of our community, and our doctor is available specifically to help with any sexual health needs you may have. If you are seeking a doctor to help initiate or continue HRT, come and talk with one of our peer workers and they can help you find a doctor that can provide HRT.

Is trans[TEST] accessible?

Unfortunately, Clinic 180 does not have the necessary ambulant or accessibility services to support all clients who may need them. There are eight steps and a handrail from street level to enter Clinic 180. There are also steps inside of the clinic.

If you feel the steps and handrail would be a barrier to accessing trans[TEST] services, systems are in place within South East Sydney Local Health District to support all clients for sexual health testing. Please email transtest@acon.org.au and we will assist you to attend a similar service with all necessary support.

What is a rapid HIV test?

A rapid HIV test is a screening test for HIV. The rapid HIV test is performed by your trans[TEST] peer worker who will collect a small sample of blood from your finger. The results of the rapid HIV tests are available during your trans[TEST] visit and take about 30 minutes. It is important that all rapid HIV tests are confirmed with a traditional HIV test, so the nurse will also collect a blood sample for confirmatory HIV testing.

Do I need to get a blood test if I come to trans[TEST]?

trans[TEST] works on an opt-out testing model, where every client is offered the same tests, but you can opt-out of any of them. If you do a rapid HIV test, it’s important to do a blood test to confirm the results. If you are afraid of needles or having a hard time, it’s okay to ask a friend or peer to come and offer support or book you in for another appointment to try again. You can also bring someone along to support you and/or hold your hand while you get a blood test.

Do you need to know my old name to attend trans[TEST]?

We don’t need to know any former name given to you, and we won’t ask for it. We will affirm you by the name you give us.

Do I need a Medicare card?

A Medicare card is not required to attend trans[TEST].

Can I just show up or do I need to make a booking?

You will need to book to attend trans[TEST], and the booking form is right here on this page! Contact us if you have any problems or questions.

What if I know the peer worker?

Our community sometimes feels quite small, and there is always a chance that you will know your peer worker! Every clinic is staffed by at least two peers, and you can ask to see the other peer if you’re at all uncomfortable. If you are still uncertain, or know both peers, you can ask to just see our nurse.

Do I have to see the peer worker?

We recommend all clients see a peer worker, but it is not compulsory to see them, and you won’t be forced to or treated differently if you decide you’d like to just see our nurse or doctor. Your agency and autonomy are central to your experience at trans[TEST].