Clinical Services

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Counselling

Qualified counsellors in sexual health and sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including HIV, are available from Monday to Friday at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. Counselling is by appointment only. Please contact MSHC (hyperlink) to make a booking. Counselling is available for individuals or couples with concerns about sexual health and STIs, including HIV. The counsellors will assess anyone who is referred to the service and discuss the options open to the client. There is a limited ability to provide ongoing therapy at MSHC. The service is unable to offer counselling to couples or individuals experiencing relationship difficulties or to provide ongoing therapy for people with sexual dysfunction.

HIP (HIV Integrated Prevention)

HIP clinic 

Click here for more information about our HIP clinic

HIV clinic

The MSHC offers a specialist clinic, The Green Room, for people living with HIV. All doctors and nurses in this clinic are specialists in HIV medicine.  
Opening hours
The Green Room is available by appointment only, opening hours are as follows:   

Monday – Thursday: 8.30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Friday (afternoons only) 1:30 p.m.-  5.00 p.m.  

Services available

Services available in The Green Room include: 

  • Routine HIV related tests 
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) 
  •  Treatment: Anti-retroviral drugs and some other HIV related medicines are supplied by our onsite pharmacy. 
  • Counselling 
  • Referrals to other appropriate health services    
Contact

Please contact The Green Room directly on 

Phone: 03 93416214
Fax:      03 93416277

Results and Information Line

Sexual health nurses are available at the following times to provide results, answer your sexual health queries, provide advice and discuss the best service to meet your needs. Call 9341 6200 and select Option 2.

While we aim to have the Results and Information open during these times, sometimes nurses are called away to attend to alternative clinical duties.

Monday

8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Tuesday

8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Wednesday

8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Thursday

8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Friday *

1.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

* Please note that the Results and Information Line is only open on Friday afternoons


Services of this telephone line include:

  • Giving test results to clients
  • Information about sexually transmissible infections (STIs)
  • Brief counselling for any concerns about sexual health, STIs, sexual relationships etc.
  • Referrals to the right health services for your individual needs

Laboratory Testing

Laboratory services are provided onsite by the  Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Melbourne

  • Some bacterial infections can be diagnosed on the day of your visit at the MSHC laboratory.
  • Specimens are coded - client names are not used for testing.
  • Blood specimens are taken onsite and sent for testing off-site at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)

Sexual Health Clinical Services

MSHC nurses and doctors provide the following clinical services to our clients

Testing and treatment for sexually transmissible infections (STIs)

  • Blood testing for STIs
  • Test results
  • Treatment if required
  • Basic contraceptive advice
  • Emergency contraception (morning after pill)
  • Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, B (where indicated)
  • Brief counselling for any concerns about sexual health, STIs, sexual relationships etc.

If demands on our services mean that we can’t provide you a clinical service on the day you attend, we will offer you other options for care.

Men who have sex with men clinic

 

TAG: a 15 min Nurse led sexual health testing service for men who have sex with men.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) nurse led clinic.

Free sexual health check

Sexually transmissible infections don’t always have symptoms, so you could have an STI without knowing and pass it on to someone else. That’s why, if you’re a man who has sex with other men it's important to get a regular sexual health check.

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre offers appointments for free and confidential sexual health checks for gay and other men who have sex with men at the following times:

TAG: Wednesdays from - 8:45 am to 12:30pm - 1:30 pm to  4:30pm
Thursday evenings  from - 5:00 pm to  6:45pm 

For other MSM Nurse appointments please call the number below:

Call (03) 9341 6200 and press Option 2 to speak with a nurse and book an appointment and/ or for further information.

You are also welcome to attend the walk in and wait service for these tests.

* Please note these nurse led services are for men who have male partners and have no symptoms of sexually transmitted infections. (If you are unsure of what a symptom is, call to speak with a nurse before booking) 

Pharmacy

The Pharmacy provides:
  • Treatments and medications related to sexually transmissible infections Only scripts written by a doctor at MSHC are accepted for dispensing medication/ treatments
  • Some scripts from other clinics for HIV anti-retroviral drugs are also accepted
  • All medications/ treatments dispensed at the MSHC Pharmacy are free of charge

MSHC Pharmacy opening hours:

Monday – Friday:         9:00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
                                          1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

STI screening - Sex On Premises Venues

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) offers off-site services (outreach) to gay men and other men who have sex with men at various Sex On Premises Venues (SOPVs).The service is free and confidential (can be anonymous) and includes:

• Testing
• Vaccination
• Education and
• Referral.

What does testing include?
The testing is confidential and quick. Testing consists of swabs and, if you wish, blood tests as well. The nurse takes a swab (cotton bud) from your throat and you do the rest in the privacy of the bathroom - pass some urine into a jar and also take an anal swab if indicated.

Qualified staff
Experienced sexual health nurses attend venues at regular advertised times to provide this free and convenient one stop screening service.

Phone results
Most results can be given by phone.

Free entry
Venue owners offer free entry to their premises for STI screening. That does not mean free entry to use the facilities, however it does ensure that anyone can have an STI screen free of entry fee. You just need to make the reception staff aware of your needs on entry i.e. ‘to see the nurse’.

Can I tell if I have got something?
Frequently, a visit to the sauna results in sexual contact with one or more men. Often STIs are passed from one person to another without either person knowing that they had, or have passed the infection on. We call this asymptomatic transmission. Alternatively symptoms may soon appear, prompting a visit to your doctor.

Referral
Many men have appreciated the opportunity to chat to the nurses about issues that concern them - often not specifically sexual health related. Referral to sensitive and appropriate services including doctors, counsellors and peer support is a valuable part of the range of services offered at venues.

More information
You can call Melbourne Sexual Health Centre on (03) 9341 6200 and press Option 2 to speak with a nurse on the Results and Information Line. Nurses will be able to give you the times, locations and dates of the next most convenient SOPV outreach clinic for your STI screen or chat.

Please refer to the Contact Us page on this website for additional contact details.

Alternatively, you can contact the venues for clinic times. MSHC provides services at the following SOPV venues:

  • Wet on Wellington 
  • Bay City Sauna Caulfield
  • Club 80 
  • Bay City Sauna Seaford
  • Subway