If you're unsure about which service is best for you, call the Sexual Health InfoLine on 1800 451 624
A doctor, also called a general practitioner (GP), is the first person to see if you have illness or health problem. In most cases, doctors prefer you to make an appointment in advance.
You might choose to see your current family doctor or you might look for a different doctor. The choice is yours. Everybody looks for different things in their doctor. You might choose a doctor based on convenience, their gender or because they specialise in a particular area.
Most doctors require a medicare card. Medicare is Australia's universal health care system, providing access to health care for all Australians. Without a Medicare card, you may be asked to pay the full cost of your visit to the doctor. You can apply for a Medicare card on line at: http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/register/index.jsp
Publicly funded sexual health services are available accross NSW and provide a range of medical, counselling and health promotion services to those most at risk of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmissable infections
Family Planning NSW is an independent, non-profit organisation. Family Planning NSW centres are confidential and open to everyone. It is advisable to make an appointment. Most consultations are provided at no cost or low cost. Family Planning NSW services include advice and supply of contraception's, pregnancy tests and counselling, pap tests, breast checks and tests and treatment for sexually transmissible infections.
NSW Sexual Health Information Line When you call, a nurse who specialises in sexual health will answer your questions using up-to-date information. The service is anonymous and confidential. It is open from 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. 1800 451 624
Alcohol and Drug Information Service 24 hour service 02 9361 8000 1800 422 599 (outside Sydney)
Domestic Violence Line Department of Community Services 1800 656 463 (24 hours)
Dympna House Child Sexual Assault (02) 9797 6733 or 1800 654 199 TTY for deaf (02) 9716 5100
Family Planning NSW Talkline This is a telephone and email information and referral service staffed by experts in reproductive and sexual health. It is open 8.30am to 5pm weekdays. Further information is available at www.fpnsw.org.au/talkline 1300 658 886
Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW Operates 5.30pm to 10.30pm, 7 days a week. (02) 8594 9596 or 1800 - 18 - 4527 (outside Sydney) www.glcsnsw.org.au
Hep C Helpline (02)9332 1599 1800 803 990 (outside Sydney)
Heterosexual HIV/AIDS Service (Pozhet) A statewide program supporting men and women living heterosexually with HIV/AIDS, their partners and family members. 1800 812 404
HIV/AIDS Information line 9am - 8pm (Mon-Fri), 10am - 6pm (Sat) (02) 9332 4000 1800 451 600 (NSW callers) TTY for the deaf (02) 9332 4268
Kids Helpline 24 hour service. Anonymous and confidential counselling for 5 to 18 year olds. 1800 551 800
Lifeline 24 hour counselling service 13 11 14
NSW Needlestick Injury Free-call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1800 804 823
NSW Rape Crisis Centre 24-hour crisis line. (02) 9819 6565 1800 424 017 (outside Sydney) TTY for deaf (02) 9181 4349 (for deaf and speech impaired)
PEP Information line 24 hour service 1800 PEP NOW (1800 737 669)
Positive Life NSW A community organisation representing the interests of people living with HIV in New South Wales. (02) 9361 6011 1800 245 677